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  • Tue, 29 Jan 2019 23:11:56 +0000

    Camera Bags – Finding the right one

    Where do I begin? There are so many types and options of camera bags for all the various cameras like point-and-shoot, entry DSLR, Pro DSLR, action, drones and more. 

    The majority types of bags I will be talking about will fit a full frame DSLR Nikon. It doesn’t mean that you won’t find a brand that makes one for your style camera. The manufacturers will have smaller and larger camera bags to fit other types of cameras as well.

    I’m going to talk about the various brands and kinds of Camera Bags and what to look for when searching. Once you get your camera, the next thing you need to figure out is how you will carry it. It needs padding to be protected when it is inside a bag, case, etc. Many brands have removable and adjustable dividers. Those come in handy so you can customize how your gear will fit inside, especially the size of the body and lens. Typical types of bags are: shoulder, sling, messenger, backpack, toploading, duffle, totes, hard cases, purses and roller. I’ve used and owned almost each type. They each have a purpose, style and location to be used at. I haven’t settled on just one as I go on different adventures from photographing a family or mom-to-be to exploring the National Parks to walking along the beautiful beaches in Florida.

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    Peak Design EveryDay Backpack, Photo by Jenifer Michelle PhotographyAna Garcia wearing the Peak Design EveryDay Backpack with Capture Clip holding Nikon DSLR Camera. Photo by Jenifer Michelle Photography

    Are you looking for a purse that can carry your camera? Well you’re in luck as they make them.

    A purse camera bag is nice as it is fashionable and doesn’t look like a typical bag. You can wear them when you dress up; when you are working an event or wedding; or just a day out on the town and want to take photos. Here are a few brands: Kelly Moore Bag, Jo Totes (Johansen), ONA, Think Tank PhotoLily Deanne, Jill-E Designs and Shutterbag. I personally love the Kelly Moore Bag Mimi (discontinued) and Jo Totes Missy. I’ve had my eyes on the Kelly Moore The Libby 2.0 and The Kate 2.0.

    Peak Design EveryDay SlingPeak Design EveryDay Sling

    Next up are sling camera bags. These have one strap that you sling across your back and can quickly swing in front of you to access your camera with ease and quick access. Some allow you to use on either shoulder but a lot work while carrying on your left shoulder then you can swing in front of you on your right. The list of brands can be quite long but I’ll be mentioning the ones I’ve looked at online or personally used or own: LowePro, Peak Design, Tamrac, Think Tank Photo, Mindshift, Manfrotto, Mountainsmith, Pacsafe, Tenba, Timbuk2, Vanguard, and more. My favorite are: LowePro Slingshot, LowePro Passport, Peak Design Everyday Sling, Think Tank Photo Turnstyle. Each of those have different sizes available, depending on how much gear like lenses, bodies and accessories you want to carry.

    LowePro Passport Sling Shoulder Bag

    Backpacks, what can I say about backpacks… there are quite a lot of choices of backpack camera bags out there from the everyday look to hiking to fashionable.

    They even make padded inserts that can go inside them so you can use an every day book bag and carry your camera. Theses brands all make some: LowePro, Peak Design, Tamrac, Think Tank Photo, Mindshift, Manfrotto, and more. Padded inserts: Kattee, S-Zone, Tenba, and others. Atlas Packs Athlete and Atlas Packs Adventure are great for carrying a lot of gear and for hiking. Peak Design Every Day Backpack doesn’t look like a camera bag which is great. If you like to travel, Peak Design has a backpack with various pouches that is great for traveling. It is their Travelline Backpack.
    I have a dedicated blog post all about the Peak Design Travel Backpack + Packing Line. See link below.

    Atlas Pack Athlete BackpackAtlas Pack Athlete Backpack Peak Design Travel Line Backpack Tamrac BackpackTamrac Backpack with BlackRapid Strap on Nikon DSLR with Straps by El Roobs, Respect the Fin Hat Peak Design Everyday BackpackPeak Design Everyday Backpack

    Shoulder bags and messenger bags are other types. They basically just sit on either shoulder. Brands like LowePro, Tamrac, Think Tank Photo, Mindshift, Manfrotto, and many others make them in various shapes and sizes. The messenger bags usually can carry a larger laptop, depending on its size. Shoulder bags sometimes have a dedicated spot for small tablet or laptop. They can be a quick and casual to grab when you want to go light.

    LowePro Shoulder Bag

    Let me know if I missed any that you love. I love learning and looking at all the different bags out there. If you need help deciding or if you have any questions, you can email me at or leave a comment below.

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  • Sun, 23 Dec 2018 13:38:50 +0000

    Full Cold Moon December 2018

    The last full moon of 2018 happened on December 22, 2018. It is also referred to as the full cold moon or just cold moon as it happens on the first day of Winter.

    Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. It happened on December 21st, 2018 at 5:28pm EST. The moon was almost full at the time it happened but it was quite cloudy so I couldn’t get any clear photos of it. I was able to take photos of the full cold moon on the day it was its fullest which is what I really wanted. It also marks the last one of the year so it is a nice way to end 2018.

    Full Cold Moon December 2018

    lest which is what I really wanted. It also marks the last one of the year so it is a nice way to end 2018.

    I’ve taken many photos of the moon for many years now. This year I bought myself a super telephoto lens so I can get those extra close shots. The camera I used is the Nikon D800 with the Nikon 200-500mm lens mounted on a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod.

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    The moon rotates just like the Earth does. Today my mom asked me if I have ever noticed that my photos of the moon are of its different sides. So I looked back at a few of those and guess what, I do! Isn’t that cool?!

    You can see some examples in other blog posts:

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    Have you seen any of these rare night sky events as I’ve shared? Which one was your favorite? Where did you see it from? Were you able to take photos? Did you watch it with family or friends? Tell me in a comment below. Can’t wait to hear about your stories. There are some events that happen once in a lifetime and won’t occur again until the next generations to come. I like to capture those as I may not get to see it again but others can enjoy my photos many years later. Thank you for visiting.

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  • Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:07:27 +0000

    Photography Gear

    Ever wondered what photography gear to buy? I’m here to help you by talking about what I like to use or have used and recommend. You don’t need to buy all of it. You really only need a few pieces depending on what you actually want to do.

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    Let’s start off with cameras. There is no right or wrong answer when choosing a camera brand. They are all great. You can say the same thing about cars and other items. I currently use Nikon but there is nothing wrong with Canon or Sony. Camera, Photo & Video

    I started off with a Nikon 35mm SLR film camera then worked my way to a Nikon DX crop DSLR and eventually upgraded to a Nikon FX Full Frame DSLR. Start with what you can afford, a camera is only as good as the user.

    Nikon D810 FX D-SLR Camera Body

    Most professional DSLR cameras are sold with just the body, so you will need to buy lenses. Some companies will package the body with the lens like on Adorama or B&H Photo Video.

    The faster lens are better overall with low light, hand-held, and more. And with that, they will cost more as well. 1.2 would be the fastest then 1.4, 1.8, 2.8 in most lenses.

    Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 Lens

    Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Lens

    Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens

    Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Lens

    Nikon 105mm Micro f/2.8 Lens

    I love photography gear, gadgets and all other kinds of gear. I can talk about it forever. Always wanting to know what is out there and learn about it.

    Depending on the photography you are doing, you may need an external flash. I prefer the Nikon one to use with my Nikon camera but there are great off brand flashes that work with your type of camera, like the Yongnuo.

    Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Flash

    Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash

    Camera bags, oh what could I say about camera bags… love them. There are so many choices, it is hard to choose but sometimes you need different ones depending on the occasion, event, and how much gear you need to carry.

    My latest travel backpack is the Peak Design Travel Line 45L Backpack + Packing Tools. Read more about it on this blog post: (update: it is now available on their website and not just as a preorder)

    Peak Design Travel Line Backpack

    Other options from Peak Design that I own and love are:

    Everyday Sling 10L

    Everyday Backpack 20L

    On my trip to Charleston, South Carolina, I wanted to go light so I used the Everyday Sling bag.

    Peak Design also makes other great gear like straps like the slide, clips, and more. The clip is called the Capture in which it can carry your camera on your bag, waist and more. Check out how I mount my gopro to the capture.

    GoPro on Peak Design Capture

    More gear recommendations to come soon.

    Thank you for reading. Let me know what you use in a comment below.

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