This is all the stuff I use to do what I do. I’ll keep this page updated as my experiences and recommendations change.
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i
My last 3 cameras have been Canon digital Rebels (and I had a film Rebel before that). I upgraded to the T3i just a few months ago specifically because it shoots HD video, which is something I needed to create the video elements of my camera sims. I love this camera. I wasn’t sure about the flip-out LCD screen at first, but it does allow an extra amount of flexibility in how you shoot (like weird angles, tight spaces – stuff like that).
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens
This lens will change your life. Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but I love it that much. Note that this is a fixed focal length, which means you need to get off your butt and move around to compose a shot because you can’t zoom in and out with this thing. However, the f/1.8 aperture will knock your socks off. This lens is pretty inexpensive and I believe every DSLR owner should have one. There, I’ve said it.
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto lens
Quite frankly, this is a cheap lens and it shows. At f/4-5.6, it’s pokey slow, and I’ve lost count of how many disappointing shots I’ve taken with it. So why am I including it here? Because I still use it despite its flaws. If you’ve got money to spend on a faster telephoto lens, do it (I will at some point, but I’ve been saying that for years). Otherwise, having a cheap-ish telephoto lens is certainly better than not having one at all.
Adobe Lightroom 3
Lightroom is such an essential part of my photography workflow, it’s hard to even think about shooting photos without also thinking of Lightroom. I started using Lightroom because it makes color correcting and cropping so dirt-simple, but it’s also an amazing tool for cataloging, tagging and organizing my photos. Lightroom is awesome. Love it. Love. It.
Adobe Photoshop CS5
As a designer I’ve used Photoshop all of my professional life, and it is still my program of choice for open-heart surgery on an image. It’s simply the most powerful image editor on the planet. Anyone who tells you otherwise was raised by wolves. (I’ve played around with Adobe’s way-less-expensive Photoshop Elements, and it’s surprisingly good.)