Here’s a gear guide that I hope you will find helpful. It’s a list of all of the sources for photography equipment and training that I have found useful over the years. This is a work in progress, and I will continue to add additional resources as I discover them. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.


Nikon D7000

Nikon D80 (discontinued) – Replaced by the Nikon D90.

Nikon N8008s (discontinued film camera)

Canon Power Shot S50 (discontinued) – Many new Canon Power Shot cameras available


Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF

Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 AF (discontinued lens) – Similar to the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S used on modern digital cameras.

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro

Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di

Tokina 12-28mm f/4 (IF) DX

Camera Bags & Cases

Think Tank Speed Freak V2.0

Think Tank Lens Changer 75 Pop Down V2.0

Think Tank Cable Management 10 V2.0

Think Tank Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket

Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400 AW

Tamrac Deluxe Convertible 706

Strobes & Lighting

(2) Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight

Nikon SB-25 AF Speedlight

DLC DL-DV60 Video and DSLR LED Light

(2) LumoPro 8ft. Air Cushioned Light Stand

(2) LumoPro Umbrella Swivel w/ Flash Shoe Adapter

(2) Westcott 45 in. Optical White Satin Umbrella w/ Removable Black Cover

Promaster SystemPro 32” 5 in 1 ReflectaDisc

LumiQuest Big Bounce

LumiQuest Softbox

LumiQuest UltraBounce

Promaster SystemPro 12” Translucent ReflectaDisc

Promaster SystemPro 12” Silver/Gold ReflectaDisc

Expoimaging Rogue Grid

Tripods & Support

Induro Alloy 8M AT213 Tripod

Induro BHD2 Ballhead

Induro Ally 8M AM24 Monopod

Photographic Accessories

Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared)

Nikon MC-DC2 wired remote

Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

Upstrap SG Kevlar Camera Strap

BlackRapid RS-4

Tamrac N-45 Leather Quick-Release Camera Strap

Giottos Rocket Air Blaster

(2) B+W 67mm Clear UV Haze 010 Filter

B+W 67mm Circular Polarizer Filter

Tiffen 52mm Skylight 1-A Filter

Lenspen Lens Brush

Video Gear

GoPro Hero 2

GoPro Hero 2 Underwater Housing

Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Camera Stabilizers

Audio Equipment for Video

Rode VideoMic Pro

Giant Squid Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone 

Tascam DR-05 Sound Recorder

WindCutter StormChaser Dead Cat


Wimberley Plamp Articulating Arm & Clamp

XShot 2.0 Camera Extender

GoPole GPB-2 The Bobber

Gaffer’s Tape


Ball Bungees

Computer Accessories & Software

Canon CanoScan 8800F Flatbed Scanner

Plustek OpticFilm 7500i Film Scanner

X-Rite Colormunki

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

Adobe Photoshop CS5