My camera gear

One or two people (well, Rod, actually) wanted to know about my camera gear so, here you go...

My first digital SLR was a Nikon D70s which I loved - many of the pictures on this site were taken with it. I then upgraded to a Nikon D300 as I wanted a camera that could cope better with dust, damp, extremes of temperature and things that run about in low light. I now use a Nikon D7200. I also use a Panasonic Lumix LX100 compact camera when I want to travel super light - surprisingly good results for such a tiny camera.

I like to keep things simple and travel as light as possible. I have three Nikon VR zoom lenses - a wide angle, 200 and a 400 but usually travel with just one lens. I use Lowepro bags and, very occasionally, a Mannfrotto mono/tripod. I don't use a portable downloader/laptop (a handful of cards works just fine for me). I tend to buy my stuff from WEX (as it's local and the service is pretty good).

Someone else (we'll call him 'John') wanted to know every setting for every image on the website (oh dear...). I set my camera to aperture priority, keep the ISO setting as low as I can and, if I'm photographing running/flying around things, bump up the shutter speed. The longer the subject hangs around, the more I may play with different settings (or I may just sit back and watch).

I shoot in RAW and do what I want when I process my images - that may mean leaving them pretty much as they came out of the camera; other times I'll play around with the software to create something more arty. Most of my images were processed with Nikon Capture but since moving to the D7200 I've switched to Lightroom.