Our Experience and Equipment
Photography became a serious hobby for us in 2000, especially photographing birds; we had been birders for twenty years before then. Now we are bird photographers first and bird watchers second. To become decent photographers, we had to develop skills in the areas of:
- Photographic Composition
- Appreciation for Light
- Camera Equipment
- Software to process photos, videos, sounds and music
We have both reached the "advanced amateur" level, and thanks to the Stony Brook Camera Club are still gowing in our photographic skills.
Summary of our current camera equipment
- Canon 7D Mark II digital camera with plenty of compact flash (the 7D Mark II does fabulous video as well as still photos).
- Canon 100 mm - 400 mm zoom, image stabilized, IS 2 autofocus lens.
- Canon 28 mm - 135 mm zoom, image-stabilized lens.
- Canon 10 mm - 22 mm zoom lens.
- Canon 400 mm f/2.8 image stabilized, auto-focus lens (I would love the new better and lighter version, but it is just too costly).
- Canon Speedlite 550 flash unit (out of date but quite adequate).
- Quantum Turbo Z battery pack for the flash unit.
- Better Beamer flash projector (makes Speedlite 550 good to 60-plus feet).
- A light weight, carbon composite Gitzo 2530 tripod that weighs 3.1 pounds and can support up to 26 pounds.
- A light-weight Gitzo G1257LVL tripod that weighs 3.5 pounds and can support up to 14 pounds.
- A Manfrotto monopod for use with my 100 mm - 400 mm zoom lens in crowds where a tripod is not safe.
- Wimberly Head for my 400 mm f/2.8 lens. It is heavy, but it is fabulous for the big lenses.
- Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer (I love it!).
Summary of my current photo-editing software
Last updated 07/25/2015, I will continue to update this file as we learn more about photography and our equipment.