I thought it would be helpful to share the products and services I use to run my blog. This list can and will evolve as I find additional resources worth recommending.
Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera This is my baby.
39-point AF system (9 cross-type)
ISO 100-6400 expandable up to 25,600
3.2 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
Full 1080p HD video
5.5 frames per second continuous shooting
100% viewfinder coverage
2,016-pixel RGB TTL metering sensor
Single-axis level in viewfinder, dual-axis level in live view
10.5MP DX-format crop mode
Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
Dual SD card slots
…oh and it takes amazing photos!
Nikon 50mm 1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens This is my least expensive lens, yet my most used for my blog photography as well as for group photography. This is a prime lens which means it has no zoom capabilities, you are the zoom in and zoom out by moving your body to and fro. I highly recommend this lens, it certainly packs a punch for a lens that is under $250.
Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens This beauty is next on my list. It’s optimized for close-up and macro photography yet versatile enough for all photographic situations—even handheld shooting! It’s long reach and built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization bring new possiblities of handheld macro shooting. The lens delivers crisp yet natural images in any genre of photography. The longer focal length offers ample working distance when shooting close-ups food, products, flowers, insects, and other small wildlife. It’s medium-telephoto angle-of-view even creates beautiful portraits too.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens The mac daddy of lens, this lens is a beast! Unlike the 50mm which weighs next to nothing, this lens is the opposite, I’m pretty sure you could use it to strengthen and tone your arms into a work of art. This lens can zooooom with an amazing ability to take amazing portraits from near or far. When I take portraits with this lens it never, ever disappoints! This is going to be a great lens for people, places, and things. The results will amaze you. This is a expensive lens but worth every penny.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB UHS-1/U3 SDHC Memory Card Up To 95MB Not very exciting, but an ‘extreme’ necessity when taking photos, no memory card, no photos. These are the only memory cards I use, this is one of those items, you get what you pay for. It’s fast and trustworthy, exactly what you need when taking photos, whether its family photos or food photography.
Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop CC Creative Cloud Photography – Get the most comprehensive photography solution at an incredible price. Photoshop CC and Lightroom are as essential to your photography as your camera and lens, giving you the tools to organize, edit, enhance, and share images on your desktop or mobile device — anytime, anywhere. With this duo of greatness, there’s nothing else you’ll need to edit your photos. 95% of the time I use Lightroom 5 to edit all my photos, it’s powerful and much more user friendly than its sibling Photoshop.
HostGator Web Hosting I have used HostGator’s hosting and domain name registration since 2009 for a variety of hosting needs. Every web hosting plan comes with a 45 day money back guarantee, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and is fully guaranteed by the CEO himself.
The Genesis Framework is what I currently use to run my self-hosted WordPress site. With solid SEO optimization, responsive HTML5, unlimited support. Unlimited updates. Unlimited websites. One low price entitles you to support, updates, and domains, airtight security and much more. With Genesis you purchase the framework for $59.95 along with a child theme (prices vary). WordPress is the engine that runs your site, Genesis is the frame and a child theme is the paint job.
MailPoet Create and send newsletters. Import and manage your lists. Add subscription forms in widgets, articles and pages.
Easy Recipe EasyRecipe makes it easy to enter, format and print your recipes, as well as automagically doing all the geeky stuff needed for Google’s Recipe View.
WordPress SEO by Yoast The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
WordFence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and High Speed Cache.
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