Tools of the trade

It's easy to nerd out over photographic gear. Good cameras have always been beautifully designed pieces of kit. But I'm actually more interested in the images than the equipment.

Nikon gear

Nikon gear

Here's what I've figured out for myself:

  1. I shoot digital. It saves me huge amounts of time and money compared with film, and modern sensors answer any argument about image quality.

  2. I shoot JPEG. I've experimented with RAW and I understand that it enables you to recover detail in severely underexposed or overexposed areas. But I'd rather discard my failed shots and try harder to expose correctly next time.

  3. I shoot prime. For me, the greater resolution and light-gathering capacity of prime (fixed) lenses trumps the flexibility of zooms.

I don't criticise photographers who've made different choices, and perhaps I'll use different tools myself as technology advances or my needs change. This is just what works for me at the moment – feel free to disagree in the comments.

The picture above shows my main Nikon kit – D810 body with 24mm, 50mm, 135mm and 300mm lenses. And below is a screenshot of my Lightroom setup.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

I like Lightroom, and I like my D810. They aren't perfect – each has a few annoying habits. But they get the job done.