FastBytes Digital Photography
photography - imaging -
Always have a camera handy. Bring
along what ever camera you have even if its a phone camera.
shoot as well as phone cameras are getting better everyday!
What cameras do I use?
My main DSLR
camera's are a Nikon D7200 and 7100 (primary and backup) I also
use a Nikon P7800 compact camera.
What DSLR camera lenses do I use and recommend?
wildlife and scenic photography I have two lenses that I'm very pleased
with. For most wildlife and some scenic situations my "go to" lens is a
Tamron 150-600mm. Wildlife photographers can't get enough reach, but
the cost of super-telephoto lenses can be out of reach for most of us,
you may want to consider renting. For many wildlife situations and to
remain a safe and respectful distance from your subject you want the
longest lenses you have access to. I'm seeing amazing results from many
point and shot cameras with 10x and better zooms. For most scenic
situations I use a Nikon 18-55mm, and to go really wide I use a Tokina
11-14mm. The Tokina also doubles as my primary for Astro/Night Sky
Nikon, Canon or what camera?
If anyone tells
you one is better than the other that person is not paying attention,
or they are just interested in selling you what they have. My advise is
to go to your favorite camera store and pick them up and see which
feels the most comfortable and seems to be the most intuitive to you.
There are also other great products like Pentax, Leica, Sony and Zeiss.
The best advise, whatever camera you choose, is get to know your
Nikon Shooters will benefit greatly from these video tutorials from Mr. Steve Perry at Backcountry Galleries.
For everything that is not clear in the manual, Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide Books are a must have.
Other tid bits worth mentioning:
- Great lighting makes great photos.Use the long shadows and warm colors of the early and late hours of daylight.
the backgrounds simple with your wildlife subjects. Watch out for trees
and poles that seem to sprout from your subject’s head.
- Off-centering your subject adds depth and interest to your photos.
- Polarizing filters add punch to landscapes, especially in the sky.
- Get a massive media card. You'll want at least a 32 GB card, and always carry a backup.
- Shoot at the highest resolution you camera offers. You can
always reduce the size, but ti is not so easy to add resolution later.
- Sunset and sunrise landscapes often require the use of neutral density filters.
motion in your water photos with long shutter speeds. You must use a
tripod and set your shutter to an exposure of one second or longer.
stress your wildlife subject. Keep a safe distance when viewing or
photographing wildlife. If the animal's behavior changes, such as
eating, resting or reacts at all to you, you are TOO close. Move away.