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Photography Gear

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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.

Disclaimer: Some of the links are affiliate links and may take you to a support site. This means if you click on certain links and purchase their product or service, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Other links are referrals that I have for the products I own or use.

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.

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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.

Holiday Shopping and Black Friday Deals

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Holiday shopping and Black Friday Deals can be quite fun. (I prefer online as it is too crazy in person and people should be home with their families and friends).

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I search all over for the best deals for shopping in-store or online whether it is for a friend, family member or myself.

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A great gift is a portable battery power bank charger. Most people have cell phones and are always looking for ways to charge them. So why not carry a portable charger.

Here are a few options by Anker that I like to purchase on Amazon.

Anker PowerCore Speed 10000mAh, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Portable Charger

Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger
Look at this Amazon Echo Spot Black Friday Deal.

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Pura Vida Bracelets are waterproof bracelets that go with everything. There is a style and color for everyone.
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My favorite stores to do online shopping for electronics are: B&H Photo & Video, Adorama, Best Buy (in-store shopping as well), and Amazon. I also shop directly from the manufacturer. For example: Peak Design, Western Digital, Think Tank, Kelly More Bag, JoTotes, Pura Vida Bracelets, and many more.

You can see the whole list on my photography website where I list my gear:
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Framed prints make wonderful gifts. Everyone could always use something to decorate their wall or desk at home or office. I’ve got all kinds of photos available for that like nature, animals, sunrises, sunsets, landscapes, waterscapes, beaches, and more.

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Photographers, Videographers, Travelers, and everyone, you should attach a Tile – key finder, phone finder, or as I call it gear finder, to your packs, cases, suitcases, purses, and really anything, so you always know where your stuff is at via GPS.

Yes you should always remember where your stuff is but if something gets misplaced, you can track it with Tile. For instance, your assistant might move it for you and will tell you where it is at, you will also see it’s location with the Tile app.

As a result, it’s an added safety precaution.

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Get 20% off select black external drives

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CYBER MONDAY PROMOTIONS – November 26th

Get $20 off if you spend over $100

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And I just found out that my favorite t-shirt lyfestyle company LYFE Brand is having sales. Visit their Instagram for the codes available.

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Peak Design will be having a sale this week. The YouTube video below will tell you more about it..

From 12am Thursday to 11:59pm Monday, everything on our website is on sale.

Here to explain is Larry the Elf. To summarize:

– 10% off Everyday Bags and Pouches
– 15% off Clips and Straps
– 10% off when you buy the Travel Backpack 45L and 2 or more Packing Tools (bundle discount will apply at checkout)
Sale starts 12:00am PT (3:00am EST) on Thursday, and ends at 11:59pm PT (2:59am EST Tuesday) on Cyber Monday.

DJI Technology Black Friday Sale on Mavic Air, Mavic Pro Platinum, Osmo Mobile 2, Spark, and more.

CreativeLive Black Friday: Trending Classes 60% Off
11/22/2018 – 11/25/2018

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Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced their Black Friday specials. It will put its popular Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag on sale at 50% over Black Friday weekend. In addition, several of its most popular camera bags will be on sale at 40% starting on Black Friday and through December 2nd. And don’t forget, by using my special Web link when ordering, you will receive a free gift and free shipping on top of the discounts!
Madera Outdoor is having sales on their products like their hammocks.
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More deals listed here.

Johansen aka JoTotes is having their biggest sale of the year with up to 60% off!
Their 10-year anniversary is coming up in January, so they decided to bring back some of their fun styles from over the years. You’ll find the Gracie in mustard, teal, gray, and lilac in limited quantities this week!

20% off holiday cards + gifts over $150+; 15% off everything with code BF2018 at Minted!

I will be updating this post as I come across specials, deals and just overall great products.
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GoPro on Peak Design Capture

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Peak Design Capture Clip is an awesome way to quickly be hands-free from your camera. I use it for my GoPro action camera to capture first-person perspective videos and to mount my DSLR when I’m not using a sling.

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It was a cloudy morning but that just added some moodiness to my photos. It looked like it was going to rain out in the Atlantic Ocean.

I’ve been using my GoPro lately to capture videos of me walking and photographing on the go. It captures my view along with my camera in the shot a few times. I mount the GoPro on my Peak DesignCapture which is on my Peak Design EveryDay Sling Bag or EveryDay Backpack.

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In the video below, I went walking on Hollywood Beach to take some photos of the beach shoreline. I was using my EveryDay Sling to carry an extra lens and accessories. You can see my Nikon DSLR along with a Peak Design tripod plate, BlackRapid Strap, and Misift Vapor Smartwatch.

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The beach had quite a lot of seaweed all along the shore. This is usually not the case for this beach in the past.

I love watching the shorebirds waiting for food to come up along the shore. They are always so entertaining. They are very aware of their surroundings. They quickly move as someone comes close to them.

Learn more about the Misfit wearables smartwatch and fitness trackers on another blog post below.

Misfit – activity tracker / smartwatch

Peak Design Travel Line Backpack

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Peak Design Travel Line Backpack + Packing Tools Gear

Hi there. Today I’m going to talk about Peak Design‘s latest Kickstarter campaign. It is titled Peak Design The Travel Line: Versatile Travel Backpack + Packing Line. It is a new 45 liter backpack that is perfect for traveling a day trip or even a week trip, depending on how you travel.

Peak Design Travel Line Backpack + Packing Tools Gear

Disclaimer: Some of the links are affiliate links and may take you to a support site. This means if you click on certain links and purchase their product or service, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Other links are referrals that I have for the products I own or use.

I haven’t seen in person or received mine yet so this is just my review on reading and watching all their videos about this new line. The photos shown are from Peak Design. However, I do own their other products like their EveryDay Backpack and Sling, Field Pouch, Capture Clip, and more. So from experience on their other products, I totally trust their product quality and design.

*Update October 18th, 2018

The kickstarter project ended but now you can pre-order here:

Travel Line Bags

TRAVEL BACKPACK 45L

Tech Pouch

Wash Pouch

Packing Cube

Camera Cube

Shoe Pouch

Rain Fly

Peak Design Travel Line Backpack + Packing Tools Gear

The Travel Line has the following products:

45L Backpack
Tech Pouch
Wash Pouch
Packing Cubes (small and medium sizes)
Camera Cubes (small, medium, large)
Shoe Pouch
Rain fly

On their campaign page, they have specs on each one. If you want to know more and see videos, they have that too plus on their YouTube channel.

Peak Design YouTube Channel

The Backpack will hold 3 small packing pouches or 3 small camera cubes. Or it can hold 1 small packing or camera plus 1 medium packing or camera. It can hold 1 large camera pouch.

The pouches go in the back of the bag for secure access. It is also the main panel of the bag. The front access has smaller organizational panel, which has lots of pockets and expanding volume zipper.

They really thought this bag out. There are clips to keep the camera pouches in the backpack from slipping if it was a small or medium o. the top. I really like that they added side access doors for the camera pouches so I don’t have to open the whole panel. The fact that the camera pouches can be used in various ways with those dividers really makes happy. It means I can carry all kinds of lenses and cameras.

I’m really excited for that tech pouch, too. I love carrying all kinds of techy gear with me so being able to have them organized in one spot is amazing. I saw in a video today that they added loops on the outside so I can add anchors to attach my sling.

Their videos really help show you all kinds of variations you can use this bag and pouches for what you need to travel with. I’ve watched all of them to learn more about this line, even after supporting the campaign. (They may even squeeze in some pro tips in them.)

Peak Design Travel Line Backpack + Packing Tools Gear

Peak Design Travel Line Backpack + Packing Tools Gear

There are 2 color options: black and sage. That sage looks really nice. Well black looks good too.

There are various ways of packing this bag up depending on where you are going, whether you need more clothes or camera gear, plus wash kit, tech pouch and more. This is what makes Peak Design stands out to me. The versatile ways you can use their bags. They might have more gear options towards photographers but their bags can be used without camera gear too, especially this backpack and their everyday line.

I can’t wait to get this new line so I can use it for traveling and even just for one of my photoshoots. I can even attach their sling to a camera cube and use that by itself.

If you have been wanting their Everyday 5L sling, they are releasing it in Sage on their kickstarter. That color is really nice and unique from just black.

Peak Design Travel Line Backpack + Packing Tools on Kickstarter

If you are interested in seeing their other products, visit their main website here:

Peak Design | Gear For Creative, Adventurous People | Peak Design

I wish I had this bag for my trip earlier this year to Charleston, South Carolina. It would have been perfect for my clothes and camera gear.

Charleston South Carolina

Smugmug Online Storage And Galleries

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Digital photos are taken every day. Those photos should be backing up on a regular basis online with an online storage cloud like Smugmug.

Years ago when I wanted to setup a website and have online storage for photos, I researched many options. I came across Smugmug online storage which offers it for photos and galleries, website design and online store. What made Smugmug stand out was the fact that it has unlimited and secure photo storage.

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I take a lot of photos for myself and others like family, friends, and clients. Each camera gets better, which then means the file sizes get larger with better quality. The fact that I can have unlimited space means I can upload everything and not have to worry about losing space or having to upgrade accounts or find a new online cloud.

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I created my website, online galleries, and photos storage with Smugmug and never looked back. I can customize themes, edit galleries, and more. They even have an app for easy upload.

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I can add as many photos as I want and separate each into various galleries that fit. I have different galleries for nature, landscape, waterscape, client photos which I can keep secure and private for them, models, flowers, architecture, events, sports, art, sky, moon, animals and much more. Within each category of galleries, I can create specific ones by type, date, etc. The possibilities are endless with Smugmug. I highly recommend them for your online cloud for backing up your photos that you don’t want to lose.

For external hard drives, I like to use Western Digital. To read more about them on how I use them, visit:
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To see what other types of gear I use, I have a list on my website:
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Charleston South Carolina

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Earlier this year I went on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I was mainly in the historic district area.

The photos I added to this blog is just a small portion of the places I passed by and visited in Charleston. Everywhere I went was walking distance to the hotel I stayed at, which made it very convenient to not have to uber/lyft/taxi to places.

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I really loved all the architecture everywhere. There was so much history, it was a lot to take in, plus lots of photo taking.

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It was January time so the trees either had no leaves or various colors of leaves, which makes it great as being in South Florida, I either see green, brown or nothing at all.

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Washington Square

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On the way to Battery Park

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Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park
There were quite a lot of people around the fountain but I was able to get clean photos of it.

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I thought this door with the doorstep was just so cute. I love the brick wall.

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Waterfront Park

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Rainbow Row is definitely a place to see when you read about Charleston, South Carolina.

I was lucky enough to be able to take photos with just one car in front of the buildings. The street wasn’t busy either with cars driving by so it made it that much better and safer.

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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This looks like a scene right out of the movie The Notebook. There are parts of the movie filmed in South Carolina but unfortunately I didn’t note them down before visiting, maybe next time.

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I just love seeing reflections of nature in the water.

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Here is what fall looks like in South Florida. It’s not much but it’s all we got.

Fall Season Photos in South Florida

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Moon close up in Miami’s night sky

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The moon is such a cool object to look at up in the night sky.

Whenever there is a special event going on with the moon, I like to hear about it so I can see it with my own two eyes; and of course capture it with my camera. I recently purchased an super zoom lens so I went out that night to get the moon close up.

Moon in Miami Florida Night Sky at 200mm

The moon was at 90% this night so it was almost completely full. It didn’t bother me that I couldn’t see it full for these photos as it was still a beautiful night.

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Moon in Miami Florida Night Sky at 300mm

You can see more details like the surface and craters as you get closer.

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Moon in Miami Florida Night Sky at 400mm

 

The last image below has the moon close up as much as my lens can produce. It was a purchase well spent being able to capture something so far away and make it look like you were quite close. I was ecstatic to see how well they turned out and not lose any quality as I zoomed in. If you love astrophotography, I highly recommend this Nikon 200-500mm lens.

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Moon in Miami Florida Night Sky at 500mm

 

Did you see the Super Blue Bloon Moon earlier this year? See how it looked here:

Super Blue Blood Moon

When I’m not looking up at the sky, I’m also photographing beautiful people to document those special moments in their lives. Such as this couple.

https://anagarciaphoto.net/2018/04/07/r-j-key-biscayne-beach-engagement/

To order prints or canvas of any these photos and more, visit https://www.AnaGarciaPhoto.com or email me at AnaGarciaPhotos@gmail.com
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Thank you for visiting and reading. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Florida

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Fireworks are mainly seen twice a year. First one is on New Years Eve through the night and morning for January 1st and second one on July 4th. The Fourth of July, which is Independence Day in the United States, is a federal holiday celebrated each year on July 4. The USA adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This year is the 242nd anniversary. Americans celebrate with displays of fireworks, whether it is just a few small ones with your family at your house or the cities put on a big show with the professional kind.

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I love watching the displays of fireworks as you never know what it is going to look like. There are many like each time but they might explode differently.

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The big bursts of colors are probably might favorite.

This one resembles a flower. Do you agree?

The ones that are green definitely catch my attention because green is my favorite color. How about you?

The tight burst is excellent with these. It looks so awesome.

Look at how they sparkle in the night sky. Isn’t it so pretty and cool at the same time?

There was quite a lot going on with this one. It almost didn’t fit in the frame of my photo.

Remember to always be safe around them. Keep your distance and watch them carefully. Keep kids at an even safer distance.

Thank you for visiting, reading and looking at my photos. I hope you enjoyed it where you can imagine being there at the time I was and hear the small explosions as they light up the sky.

A lot of these from this Fourth of July remind me of some of the flowers in this blog post from April.

https://anagarciaphoto.net/2018/04/12/south-florida-colorful-flowers/

Check out more of my photos of fireworks from July 4 (Independence Day) and January 1 (New Year) over the years.

https://www.anagarciaphoto.com/Events/Fireworks

Misfit – activity tracker / smartwatch

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I’ve been using Misfit activity trackers for over 2 years now. I started with the Flash model then switched to the Shine.

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Misfit trackers tracks your walks, runs, calories, sleep and other activies like swimming, basketball, cycling, tennis, soccer, dancing, and yoga. You can see your progress with their app (iOS and Android compatible)

It is great to see how much I walk during my photoshoots, whether it is on one of my adventures at a park or with my clients at their photo session or event.

I recently got their smartwatch Vapor. It is an awesome smartwatch. I can change the faces to be any one of theirs or use one of my photos. It tracks my steps and activities. I get notified of texts and incoming calls. I have their sport bands in 2 colors (so far). They have leather bands too. You can see me wearing the Vapor in some photos of myself on my Instragram posts or stories.

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They have other models called: Phase, Shine 2, Ray and more. They all have various accessory options.

If you have any questions about them, feel free to email me or contact them as their customer service support is excellent.

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Stock Photography – Shutterstock

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For years, I had friends and family tell me that I should sell stock photos of my work, especially textures.

I joined one site years ago and then last year I finally joined Shutterstock. The amount of photos on shutterstock is incredible so I tried to upload images that are not as common as others they have. I went for a different look that creatives would be able to use to not look like everyone else’s work.

Below are recently added stock photos. Stay tuned for more.

Click this link to visit and to purchase the photos.

If you want to become a contributor for Shutterstock, click here.

I learned about photography on CreativeLive. To hear more about CreativeLive, visit my blog post:
https://anagarciaphoto.net/2018/03/25/creativelive-free-live-online-classes/