What camera do you use? Our Recommendations Part I

Q: What camera do you use?

A: Probably the most frequent question we receive. In this new series we will brave the digital frontier. We suffer so you don’t have to™.

The Nikon Coolpix p900 is an all in one camera with a spot on autofocus. Great for birders, travel, landscapes. You are going to take great photos with this camera.

Positives: Light and easy to carry. Autofocus grabs and holds. Easy learning curve. Great price for the great photos you will be getting. Having a good tool like this makes everything a pleasure.

Not for: Macro work and middle to extreme distance shots of things smaller than a landscape.

Get the camera here  http://amzn.to/2pY92j3 or a

Camera plus a big honking memory card here http://amzn.to/2qPyGcH

You also need an extra big honking (a technical term) Memory Card http://amzn.to/2qXAIbE an good lightweight camera case. http://amzn.to/2qYE1PP and this filter pack http://amzn.to/2rwFTvw.

Yes, you really do need them all.

Here are the good work habits you want to acquire to make using your camera a pleasure.

Put on the UV filter and forget it is there. It will save your camera from almost anything, think of it as cheap insurance. Use the polarized filter for dramatic sky contrasts and for whale watch photos. Just screw it on right over the UV filter. The case will save your camera in a rain shower, again think of it as cheap insurance. Make sure you have a light rain jacket that you can wear over the case for even better protection.

Download your photos at the end of each day, delete bad ones and sort the good ones into relevant folders. Run the backup to an external drive on the whole thing.

I like the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 4TB drive.  http://amzn.to/2pYPn2k or the Pre-formatted for a Mac Western Digital My Passport 2TB drive. http://amzn.to/2qYd3Ir

Now you have two copies of every photo.

Reformat the card and recharge the battery while you are running the backup and you are ready for the next day.

Happy shooting!

More on troubleshooting problems and cropping your photos for professional results in a future post.

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