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January 22, 2013

a look inside my camera bag

i love hearing what other photographers {& people in general} have inside of their camera bags! whenever i get the chance to speak with a photographer i always ask them what camera body they use, as well as some of their favorites lenses. getting to peek at what equipment they use on a daily basis & what they recommend, as well as what they don't, is really a special opportunity. it can be a great learning experience & is truly valuable information in my eyes! so, for anyone that may be interested, here is a little peek inside my camera bag! :)

1. nikon d600 >> a full frame DSLR camera body. i love this camera so far! it is the newest addition to my collection & one of my favorites ;) this is my first big boy camera & i am thoroughly enjoying all of the perks of having such a sophisticated machine.

2. nikkor 50mm 1.8G >> this is my favorite lens. it is a prime lens which means that it doesn't zoom. you must use your feet to get closer or move further away from your subject. i love it because it creates really sharp images & has a really low aperture! if you are looking to step up your photography but not spend a ton on a lens {because we all know how much those amazing lenses can cost!!} then this is a great option! i bought this lens right after i got my d5100 & i have been in love with it ever since!

3. nikkor 18-55mm >> this lens came with my nikon d5100 camera as the kit lens. while this lens is in my camera bag, i don't typically use it.  i may pop this lens on if i need a really wide shot {18mm is very wide} or am in need of a zoom lens while i'm out exploring a new city. but when i get the dough, i plan on investing in a true wide angle lens {like a 24mm}. but until then i will keep this little guy around just in case!

4. nikkor 24-85mm >> this is the kit lens that came with my new nikon d600. i use my 50mm most of the time, but it is kind of nice to have the option of a zoom if for whatever reason i need it. for example, when i take pictures of food from a birds eye view i typically use this lens in order to get everything in the frame when i'm in such a confined space. {i dream of a 24-70mm, though :)}

5. nikon d5100 >> this little guy has been so good to me for the past 10 months. i learned everything on this DX camera & i love it so much! i would recommend this camera to any beginner. it has various settings for those who do not know manual mode. i found this comforting because there were times when i was first learning manual that i didn't want to think about my settings & so i could set it to a preset option & know i would still get a good picture. i am keeping this little guy around as a back up in case anything ever breaks or goes wrong with my other camera body.

so those are the items in my camera bag! 
of course i have a wish list of things i would LOVE to eventually purchase, but for what i'm doing right now, this little group is working just fine!

i would also like to mention that i typically use lightroom for all of my editing. i love photoshop, but lightroom is SO much faster when you have a bunch of photos to edit. i have both & work with both, but if you are debating between the two & you simply want to edit photos...definitely go with lightroom.
i love talking photography, so if you have any questions...leave a comment!

67 comments:

  1. very cool!
    -JKal
    www.jkvintageaffai.blogspot.ca

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  2. Sooo cool! Is that your cute little camera bag as well? I need to step up my camera bag from the original I purchased with it-so boring. Any suggestions on cute camera gear? :) Also, is it Lightroom4 that you use? Thanks!!
    XO PG
    http://theparlorgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. that bag is unfortunately not mine :( i wish, though!!! i need to find a good camera bag, so i'll let you know if i find some good ones. & yes i use lightroom 4!

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    2. OK and if I come across a bag I will let you know too!! I will check out lightroom it sounds like fun :) Thanks Jenna!!

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  3. My first "big" camera was a D40 and I still use it. My boyfriend is a photographer and, at the time, he recommended Nikon but I'm really thinking about trying Canon. Not that I don't like Nikon, I love it, but Canon works in a different way and I think it's better for fashion.
    But I'm definitely keeping my little D40 as well...just in case. :)

    By the way, there's a new blog post on Citified, I hope you like it :)

    http://www.thecitified.com

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    1. a few months ago i was seriously considering switching to canon but since i learned on nikon i thought i'd stick with it & i'm so happy that i did!!

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  4. I am le jealous of things in your camera bag!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  5. I have so much camera envy right now, it's out of control! That bag is adorable!

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    1. it is cute, isn't it! i wish it was mine :)

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  6. Oh this is so cool, not many bloggers make posts about their cameras! I would seriously like to try using them all right now! I'm a new follower, follow back?x

    Xo Zayn

    I'm having a giveaway!
    http://grungefaerie.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks for you sweet comment! i am now following back

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  7. Beautiful collage. Must be very heavy but totally worth it. I got the D5100 and it's very good!

    xx

    www.styleofpurity.com

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  8. I love this! Can't wait to take more picsss :)

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  9. I just got my first DSLR (a nikon D3100) and I am loving it! I am also lusting after your camera bag! Where is it from?

    X Kenzie

    www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

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    1. i'm so happy to hear you are a nikon user! the bag is not mine actually...it's a bag i am lusting after as well!!

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  10. From a newbie's standpoint, it's always enlightening to see what's inside the camera bag. I've been researching on what camera type to buy (Canon? Nikon? T3i? D5100? and sooo many more questions.) and have so far not taken the leap yet.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Abi
    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com
    twitter and instagram: @BelatedBloomer

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    1. i know so many people who have canon and so many who have nikon. you honestly can't go wrong. nikon is a bit harder to learn manual on but i learned and i love nikon!!

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  11. thanks for stopping by my blog. will follow you on bloglovin if you are on there
    you have a beautiful blog ! I need to learn about photography !!!!

    www.not-going-out-like-that.com

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    1. thanks for the follow!! ask me questions!! i love to talk about photography

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  12. Is that your camera bag?!?!?1 I NEED!!!

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    1. ah I WISH!!! i found that bag on pinterest & want it so badly!!

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  13. oooh I envy your little collection here, I got my first dslr this year for my blog and I love it. When I need to get a new lens I might shoot you an email for advice if you don't mind. Thanks for the follow, I'm following as well love your blog.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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    1. yes, email me anytime! thanks for stopping by! :)

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  14. your blog is so cute! :) love it already! hope you have fun when you come to NYC!

    love from NYC,

    Taylor
    taylormorgandesign.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks so much!!! i can't wait to head to the east coast on friday :):)

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  15. lovely blog. care to follow each other?
    im following u in gfc.

    xoxo from Dubai,
    www.streetblush.com

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  16. Hey Jenna!

    My name is Dani & I've recently just started a little blog, danielleyrose.blogspot.com.
    I got a Nikon D3100 for graduation a couple years back & I have been totally obsessed with it since. I have really gotten into photography also & love to just take tons of pictures everywhere I go.
    I was wondering if you ever feel awkward, or did when you first started, when you are shooting people? I would love to learn some more so I could maybe bring in some extra cash by doing some photo shoots for friends & family but I just feel so awkward.
    Did you ever go through that phase or is it just a personality thing?

    You have a wonderful blog! Keep it up (:

    -Danielle

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    1. i definitely did! i sometimes still do...a good way to start is to practice photographing friends who you are really comfortable with. it will help you learn to be more comfortable & confident behind the camera!

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    2. thanks for the advice! that's a little less nerve-racking, haha.

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  17. cute blog :) thanks for stopping by the other day on mine. I have been thinking about geting a bag- but i dont know if i should get a cute purse style bag or an actual "camera bag" style... hmm..
    -D
    www.effortlesslii.blogspot.com

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    1. big decision!!! i've recently switched to a small side purse so that i can have my arms free for my camera...so my next bag will be a camera bag!

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  18. We need to pick your brain, haha!! Seriously though, the Mr. & I are clueless about photography. We just point and shoot and I put them up on the blog. Also, I love the 2 fur vests that you got for Christmas, so cute!!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  19. Following you back darling!! BTW great kit you've got there!! My camera is really simple (Nikon D3000) but it serves me for now... ;-)
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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    1. awesome! love hearing that so many people are rocking the nikons

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  20. Love your blog! Maybe we could follow each other on facebook or GFC? Please leave me a comment or follow me and I will follow you
    http://fashionbyelena.blogspot.com.es
    https://www.facebook.com/Fashionbyelena

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  21. I love your collections here! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Xo,
    Amor GLAMOROZA

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  22. I have Nikon D5100 and for me as a begginer is awesome!

    Here is my blog
    www.donnaiveh.blogspot.com

    wanna follow each other?

    kisses

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    1. i would love to! have fun with that camera!! it's a good one.

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  23. I also always ask photographer about their favorite lenses and cameras:)) it's interesting !

    Www.culturevogue.com

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  24. A very interesting post!

    http://snb-me.blogspot.com.es/

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  25. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Love the camera. I hope I can have one like this one day. I'm sure it takes amazing photos :)

    Sylvia
    www.sylvialovespink.com

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  26. I love reading about what other bloggers use for equipment... I shoot with a Nikon D3100, I upgraded to a 35mm lens which is super fun, but this week I invested in two items; a 55-200mm lens and a wireless remote (the BF is not always available to shoot photos for me). Honestly I think the 55 is now my favorite lens and I can't wait to find a secluded place and shoot some great shots with my new remote.

    Thanks for sharing!
    http://myfifthavenue.blogspot.com/

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  27. Thank you for stopping by my blog!! I'm so jealous of your camera! I have a simple rebel xt, it's just a hobby for me! But i envy photographers and there wonderful job!!

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  28. what is the difference between a "full frame" camera and the d5100 you have had ?

    for a fashion blogger who occassionally does some decorating and food posts as well, what do I need to look for in a camera ?
    - how many megapixels do i need ?
    - what other stuff do i need to look for ?

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    1. a full frame camera has more megapixels, a larger sensor and doesn't have a cropped view (with a DX you have a magnified view). check out this article for a more in depth description http://photographylife.com/nikon-dx-vs-fx

      i think if you are using your camera for your personal blog you don't need a full frame camera. i would never have upgraded to a full frame if i wasn't a photographer. the megapixels aren't a huge deal unless you plan on printing out your images and blowing them up to be really large. that is when you really need to think about megapixels. for example, if a bride and groom want their portrait blown up really huge to be shown at the reception you need to be using a camera with enough megapixels to make sure the image isn't pixelated.

      if i was you i would invest in a DX camera like the 5100, 3200 or something like that and then get an additional lens. the lens is what makes all the difference. i love my 50mm 1.8 and would highly recommend it. i think if you have that lens and a nice camera body you won't need much else. just some natural light and some time to learn manual!! hope this helps.

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  29. forever canon

    http://jassmeenmode.blogspot.com/

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