Hello all! This is going to be a more of a techie blog post about the different items I use to take and shoot my photos for my blog. I’ve always been a long time nerd who loves exploring new technology. In the past year and half, I’ve cycled through two cameras and few lenses. For most of my life, I’ve been able to easily navigate new technology quickly. From my blog post, you’ll see what I started out with and and what I currently have in my photography kit. If you love and want to know what I use to shoot my photos, then keep reading!
My Beginner Tech Stack
What I used at the start of 2018:
- Nikon D3400
- Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
- Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED
- Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
- Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Since this was my first year of continually blogging, I wanted to start off with a beginner DSLR that doesn’t break the bank. The Nikon D3400 was perfect when I was a beginner and wanted to explore photography. Instead of just buying the body by itself, I decided to purchase a bundle from Amazon. It included two lenses, but in the beginning I started off with only using the 18-55mm. This is a standard lens that doesn’t have anything special. I quickly found that the clarity and what type of photos I wanted, weren’t going to be work with just one lens. The 50mm f/1.4 is perfect for portraits and photos where you want focus on something and have bokah (or a nice blur) in the background. The 10-20mm was perfect for landscape photos and capturing objects that are close by but you want to capture it all.
Overall, although I truly believe you can get wonderful photos from this camera kit, I outgrew it very quickly. There were a lot of options that I couldn’t do or use because it was a beginner DSLR. Personally, I outgrew it but if you’re looking for a budget camera, the Nikon D3400 is perfect. Just because you have an expensive camera, doesn’t mean you’re gonna get amazing photos. You can easily get good images from any camera. It just depends on how you use the cameras with the lens as well as editing!
My Current Tech Stack
What I’m using for the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019:
- Canon 5D Mark IV
- Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L
When I was choosing my current kit, I wanted to have something that was best at photography but also good with video. I’ve flip-flopped on wanting to start a YouTube channel centered around my travel, fashion and lifestyle. However, I haven’t determined if I am and if I do, I need to be able to do it with my kit. With that in mind, Canon cameras (I found from the internet) are great for video. The other camera that I was thinking about buying was the Nikon D850 but with a hefty price tag, that wasn’t an option. Especially since they are not great with video (by review).
I found the resolution and photos turn out so amazing with this camera. I also had a lot of issues with the Nikon D3400 with night or even cloudy photos. I would have so much pixelation with my old body, but with this one I don’t.
This is 100% a pro camera. There are so many buttons and options in the camera. Since I’ve only had it for a month, I’m still learning but it has been so fun!
Thus, this is my current tech stack for 2019 and I am so excited to learn more about this pro DSLR.
Was the Money Worth the Upgrade?
- Much better ISO and is great at night
- Ergonomically better
- Photo quality is much better
- Wifi compatible (easier to send photos to your phone)
- Touchscreen so it’s easier to change settings
- Much, much, much, much heavier
All in all, it was expensive to upgrade but I decided to reward myself for fully committing to blogging and not giving up even when I had 0 views. I wanted to thank you all for reading and for even viewing my blog! I’ve felt so uplifted with my views growing. I can’t wait till 2019 and see what I blog in the next year!
Also peep my cute cat, Momo in the photo at the top! <3