That was the question someone recently sent me. My original answer was ‘of course you can’. I am not a photographer and do not envision ever becoming one. I take pictures because I enjoy it and I also enjoy sharing them – hence the blog. I figured what could possibly be the harm in free & unrestricted distribution?
So by all means, if you have a desire for any of my pictures please help yourself. You are free to use any of them, all I ask is that you give me photo credit. But, I have been given some good advice by those that are smarter than me on these things & I really have no choice but to put restrictions on the use of my words & images.
So, here’s the deal. I am still willing to share, but you need to ask my permission & tell me what you are going to use it for, etc. If we come up with an agreement, I will send you the image to use. The legalese can be found on my Copyright Info page.
For the first few months of this blog I was loading my pictures full-size. Now I reduce them to less than 1mb to improve loading. If you want the full high-resolution file, let me know and I will send it to you if we agree on the use as outlined above. My pictures are typically around 7-8mb each, so they are pretty big.
At least 99% of my pictures are straight from the camera as I do not do post-processing. On a rare occasion I may crop a photo, but usually my cropping is done before I take the picture by using my lens or feet to zoom in/out. Some day I may understand the importance of post-processing, but for now I will stick to just taking pictures.
If you are a real photographer, all tips would be appreciated. It would great to improve my ability to take good pictures.
I have also had a couple of inquiries about my camera and lenses I use. I notice that real photographers often have a page with a list of their equipment. I decided I would do the same, so the equipment I currently use is below. In addition, I have put the same info on a new blog ‘page‘.
Here is the equipment I have in Afghanistan:
- Nikon D7000
- Tokina 11-16mm DX 2.8
- Nikkor 18-70 DX 3.5-4.5G
- Nikkor 18-135mm DX 3.5-5.6G
- Sigma 18-250mm 3.5-5.6 DC
- Nikkor 28-300mm 3.5-5.6G
- Nikkor 35mm DX 1.8G
- Nikkor 50mm 1.4G
- Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
- Nikkor 55-200mm DX 4-5.6G
- Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G
- Nikkor 105mm Micro 2.8G
- Nikkor 135mm DC 2D
My ‘go to’ lens that is on my camera 99% of the time is the 28-300mm because I like the versatility it gives me. You may have noticed a large percentage of my pictures are zoomed shots and using my feet to get the zoom is not always practical or even possible, especially here in Afghanistan.
I use to have a Nikkor 18-200 DX, but it was lost along with my old Nikon D80 a few years ago. I replaced them with the D7000 & the 28-300mm non-DX lens. I like the extra zoom, but I do miss the wide end. To fix that I decided to try a less expensive alternative and bought the Sigma 18-250mm. It worked ok, but never as good as the Nikkor lens. I had only used it for a few weeks before it completely failed on me. It took several weeks to get Sigma to authorize me to return it for repair – I would have preferred replacement – and they just sent back to me. It is the lens on my camera today, but I am not confident that it will last so I will now travel with a couple spare lenses when I go out. As I stated in this post I will never buy another Sigma product. I will stick to Nikon, even if they cost a bit more.
The big decision I need to make when I get home is should I stick with the D7000 and buy the Nikkor 18-200 DX or just go up to a full-frame camera (Nikon D800)?
You may notice I do not list a flash…it’s because I do not own one. I know they are helpful & useful in a lot of situations, but I really like the way pictures look with natural light. Besides, it is just one more thing I would need to try to learn to use it correctly…I’m not ready for that yet.
In addition, the only tripod I have is a little 7-inch Manfrotto I bought while in Switzerland to take self-portraits. So pretty much all my pictures are handheld which is why I need to use image stabilization capable lenses.
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