Nike or Reebok, Apple or PC, Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood?
Everyday we’re faced with choices. In the Nikon or Canon decision I chose Nikon. Both are powerful tools that have their own advantages and disadvantages. The reason why I chose Nikon was a simple decision, I was starting off in the field and the photographer I worked with used Nikon. As we all know camera equipment isn’t cheap, so having the chance to use someone else’s equipment before I could afford to make the investment was something I couldn’t pass up. So my wife bought me my first DSLR only 3 years ago, the Nikon D50. This was an entry level camera that isn’t available anymore. After a year of shooting every day with my D50 something tragic happened and I was forced with a touigh decision, to revive the camera or pull the plug. I pulled the plug and broke up with my D50. My new love was the new Nikon D300. When this camera hit the shelves there were rave reviews across the board.
I chose the Nikon D300 for a couple of reasons. First I love the high ISO output and 2nd the camera doesn’t have the pre-existing settings which forced me to grow as a photographer. I no longer could just twist the dial to the portrait setting. I do shoot weddings and models so it is pretty embarrassing if you’re standing there staring at the camera trying to figure out what settings you need to use.
I recently purchased the Nikon D90 as a backup camera. I was enticed by the HD video feature on the camera and it was competitively priced.
So Nikon meets the needs of what I shoot, people, weddings, and nature. The high ISO flexibility means I’m no longer carrying around a tripod everywhere I go. Here are some shots I have taken with the D300:
Models / Celebrities
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8
Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye Lens
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight Flash
Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight Flash
Nikon MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack for Nikon D30
Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter
Opteka Wireless Radio Remote Release
Computer / Software
Adobe Creative Suite
NIK Color Efex Pro
NIK Silver Efex Pro
Resources / Books / Inspiration
Colorati Leon Sandoval is the man! http://colorati.com One of the main reason’s I got into wedding photography.
Douglas Kirkland – One of Cinema’s greatest on set photographers! http://www.douglaskirkland.com http://www.amazon.com/Freeze-Frame-Decades-Years-Photographs/dp/0976585197/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242242030&sr=8-10
Vanity Fair – The Portraits http://www.amazon.com/Vanity-Fair-Portraits-Century-Iconic/dp/0810972980/ref=pd_ts_b_6?ie=UTF8&s=books
Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography http://www.amazon.com/Lighting-Dramatic-Portrait-Celebrity-Photography/dp/0817442278/ref=pd_ts_b_28?ie=UTF8&s=books
Mark Seliger – my favorite photographer! www.markseliger.com http://www.amazon.com/Physiognomy-Mark-Seliger-Photographs/dp/0821225987/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242242324&sr=1-2