I thought I’d put together a category on MY blog for photographers – to share my tips, favorite cameras and equipment, and helpful editing advice. So without further adeu – here’s my first blog: For Photographers.

The Camera:

THE DSLR: Canon 6D

The Canon 6D is my one and only camera. I only need one in life, and it makes traveling simpler and more convenient for me.聽 When choosing a camera, I spent many weeks eyeing both the Canon 6D and the聽5Dmk3. I love the Canon 6D above all other cameras. This camera is substantially cheaper, has a聽lighter-weight body and a built-in wifi feature, so it’s very easy for me to download my photos onto my phone to post on social media (gotta keep up the Instagram game…). This full-frame camera is super similar in picture quality and low-light performance to the 5Dmk3. I’m giddy for it! 馃檪

The Lenses:

THE ZOOM LENS – 24-70mm f/2.8


My go-to lens for travel and landscape shots, the 24-70mm f/2.8 is sharp and has a zoom range that is perfect for my daily travel shots. Now this is a more expensive lens than my other two prime lenses – approximately $2,000, so it took a long time for me to save up and splurge on it, but this is a lens you’ll need if you want both wide shots and zoomed in close. It’s versatile.

THE PORTRAIT LENS – 50mm f/1.4

Cheap, light, and a low f-stop that makes glorious blurred background portraits & a sharp foreground, this was my favorite lens before I invested in my 85 mm 1.4. This lens is also great in low-light settings and it works out well for nearly every type of portrait shot (full length, three quarters, head/shoulders and upper body, and just head and聽shoulders.). This is a typical go-to lens for a lot of photographers.

85mm f/1.8

When you want a tighter shot, or you want to really throw the background of your image out of focus then this is the lens to use. I use this lens for the majority of my people & wildlife portraits. The crispness is just gorgeous and the shallow depth of field can’t be better.

I always shoot portraits of people and wildlife with my prime lenses, as opposed to my zoom 24-70mm f/2.8. I find that I can’t get the same crispness from those lens that I could with primes. My prime lenses are always a tad sharper. I also love the wider apertures (f/1.4 to f/1.8), as they allow me to shoot images with very shallow depth of field and the background and foreground blur out of focus wonderfully, making the subject really pop.

The Accessories:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Manfrotto Be Free Tripod

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 7x Sandisk Extreme Pro 8gb SD Cards

I personally like a lot of smaller gb cards just in case one crashes, and I don’t ever run the risk of losing my images.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2 x Spare Batteries and 1 Charger

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Battery Grip

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 MacBook Pro 13” Laptop

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Card Reader

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2 x 1TB Portable Harddrives

The Camera Bags

  • National Geographic Backpack


My ultimate adventure bag. (The National Geographic logo on the front helps me feel like a legit explorer <3). It’s a super practical, durable and solid camera backpack that both looks adventurous and non-dorky. I carry around this backpack pretty much everywhere with me both when traveling and going about in my day-to-day life. It can fit my three lens, 13 ” laptop, accessories, and has a large zip-up comportment to fill with all my notebooks, journals, maps, sunscreen, and other stuff. It has 4 small pockets on the front for pens, camera cleaner accessories, and other smaller items. I also love the built-in back padding, as it makes carrying around my heavy equipment a lot easier and more comfortable. I also got it for $40 in the used section at B+H in New York City, so that helped me to make my choice.


  • ONA Bowery Bag

High-quality, elegant, and stylish with enough space to hold my Canon 6D + 50mm 1.4 lens, along with my 85mm 1.8 lens. Not only does it fit my two lenses and camera body, but I also am able to fit my wallet, keys, and a notepad + pens. I needed a small camera bag, as I’m not lugging a ton of equipment around for day trips and I’m smaller in size.聽 I was so happy to find a bag that was small and light enough to carry but large enough to carry all of my necessities. It doesn’t look like a camera bag – which I love. It resembles a stylish, adventurer/explorer bag, handcrafted with italian-tanned leather, but when you open it, it’s interior is padded with foam to protect your camera. I love the back pocket, with it’s easy access, and it makes easier to not have a camera bag with so many zippers! I literally put away, pick up and go. I also enjoy the small, side pockets, as I keep extra pens and and a notebook there. The strap is super durable and strong, despite the bag being so lightweight.


I love the brownish, tan leather and how durable and strong it is, despite it being small and light-weight. I also think it gives me style and elegance, without having to lug around my heavy backpack. You can find tons of different camera bags online at ONA’s website.

I hope this blog post helps my fellow friends and photographers, and I’m excited to post more content for you all! 馃檪

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February 23, 2017


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