The Tools I Use

© Nicole Bradshaw Photography 2015; The Tools I Use; Albuquerque Wedding Photographer, Durango Wedding Photographer, Rio Rancho Wedding Photographer, Santa Fe Wedding Photographer, Los Lunas Wedding Photographer, Socorro Wedding Photographer

With the onset of digital photography, a lot of things have changed since the darkroom days of the past. Because of this, I wanted to take some time to tell you all about the basic tools that I use to capture and edit your photos.

First of all- and most importantly!- I use a Nikon D5200 digital single-lens reflex camera body. This may sound really complex, but it's not. I have a pro-grade digital camera that takes one photo every time I press the shutter release button. 

To go with this camera, I have several lenses that I love to use. I have an 18-55 mm kit lens (this just means that it came with my camera body when I bought it), a 55-200mm lens, and a 50mm prime lens. The 18-55mm and the 55-200mm lenses are both zoom lenses. The 50mm prime lens is set at one focal length, which means that I have to move closer or further away from my subject to adjust what's in the photo frame.

In addition to my lenses and camera body, I have two Yongnou 560-iii speedlights. These are just really big camera flashes that I can adjust to different angles and levels of luminance. 

Wow! That seems like a lot! But, that's just the hardware I use to create your lovely photos. I also use several pieces of software to perfect your photos. In the film days, a photographer would head to the darkroom to develop and edit photos, but these days it's all done on computer. I have a Macbook Pro. The leading pieces of software in photo editing are Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop. I use both. Each program has different abilities and tools that allow me to virtually edit your photos and make them look the best I can.

But, that's not all! Photos take up a lot of space on a hard drive, so I have one hard drive that is solely dedicated to storing your photos. I have a second hard drive that backs up both my computer, and my hard drive so that I have two copies of everything. 

I hope this gives you some insight into my basic gear, and what I use it for. If you ever have a question about my gear, what it does, how it's used, or why I chose it, feel free to ask!