As a professional photographer and graphic designer, I am frequently asked about the tools of my trade. This page includes some of my favorites from camera gear to software to the suppliers of my favorite “goodies.” I will be updating it from time to time–and if you want to know about equipment or gear you don’t see here, leave me a comment and I’ll answer your question.
Some of these items include direct links to make it easy for you to check them out and buy them. These links are affiliate links. An affiliate links mean that when you choose to click and buy through my website, you won’t pay anything extra, but I will receive a commission from your purchase.
And in case you are wondering, the items on this page were not chosen because I receive a commission but because I have used these products, some for many years, and I love them and consider them essential to my work and my photographic happiness.
I currently shoot with a Canon 60D. I love it. I love Canon. This is the 7th Canon Camera I have owned (not counting my two point-and-shoots). They’ve come out with a newer model since I bought mine so I am probably ready for an upgrade. But you can’t go wrong with any Canon DSLR. Find the Canon of your dreams at Amazon.com. I’ve been buying my gear there for years and have never been disappointed yet.
My favorite lens is the Canon L Series 70-200 f/2.8. It is just all-around awesomeness. Sharp, crisp and fast. I use it for portraits whenever I can, and I use it for shooting sports and action–and occasionally, wildlife.
My every day go-to lens is the Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6. It is sharp, quick, durable (trust me on this one) and versatile.
My orange daypack is the coolest ever. Room for all my gear, easy to access, and room for a hydration pack too. Sturdy & lightweight. I bought this for a four-day trek last summer and was thrilled with it. It even has a “raincoat”—and it works. Yep, hiked in the rain and kept my gear dry. Oh, and did I mention if you don’t love orange, it comes in blue, too? And if blue and orange don’t suit you, it does come in a variety of styles in more “traditional” colors as well.
Do I even need to say anything about this? I’ve been using Photoshop almost since before it had numbers in its name. It’s the industry standard. If you’re not ready for the full version, Photoshop Elements will keep you learning and growing for years, too.
ACDSee keeps all my images organized (not just my photos!). I can catalog, keyword, sort, search, do minor edits and even view and convert RAW files with ACDSee. I have been using ACDSee for close to 15 years. And for those of you who are wondering why I don’t use LightRoom, ACDSee is the reason. When it works this well, why change? Click here to learn more & buy ACDsee
I love to make slideshows with my photographs. I made my first slide show back in the dark ages with two Kodak carousel projectors, six carousels and a manual switcher. Can I just say how much easier and more it is to use ProShow? I ♥ this program. You will too.
Sometimes I don’t have Photoshop handy for a photo edit or to create a meme or graphic to share. PicMonkey is web-based, so it works on my ChromeBook and it even has a mobile app for my phone. While you can do some cool stuff with the free version, premium PicMonkey Royale is serious awesomeness.
I am a huge fan of easy and Shutterfly makes ordering prints–and other cool photo products–about as easy as it gets. Pick your favorite images, upload to Shutterfly, choose the prints and products you want, click order and it comes right to your front door.