About: My Tools

I switched from film to digital photography in 2007 and have not looked back.

All of my work is done with Nikon digital SLRs and professional lenses. I’m currently using two different Nikon bodies: the D750 (a 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor) and the Nikon D300 (a 12 Megapixel cropped-frame sensor).

Almost all of my photography is done with the camera mounted on a rugged tripod. I currently use Gitzo series 3, 2 and 1 (with care while traveling) tripods. Ball heads with dove-tail clamps and matching mounting plates and L-brackets from Really Right Stuff are indispensable.

I protect my gear and carry it into the field with holster cases and belt systems from Kinesis Gear. I photograph in an environment where the ground is usually damp from overnight fog and the beach very salty and sandy. I much appreciate a belt system that allows me to access my tools in the field without having to set a bag or backpack down in wet, sandy or salty conditions!

Both Really Right Stuff and Kinesis Gear products are designed and manufactured in the United States — something that has become all too rare.

I process my images in the digital darkroom to insure the final images convey the qualities of light and texture I experienced in the field. Long resistant to the use of post-processing optimization, the thoughtful work of Canadian George Barr convinced me of the value of optimization in restoring the full gamut of light and subtlety of texture that can be lost to the limits of our lenses, cameras, printers and displays.

I use the following tools in the digital darkroom:

  • Adobe Lightroom for converting raw format images from my cameras and then organizing and optimizing images.
  • Google (originally Nik) Silver Efex Pro for monochrome conversion and optimization.
  • Helicon Focus for focus stacking a series of images to increase the depth of field.
  • Adobe Photoshop, largely for stitching panoramas and for driving my printer. The optimization capabilities of Lightroom have progressed to the point where Photoshop is less needed.

See my blog for a series of posts (some now, more to come) that discuss my approach to the craft of photography.