As a photographer, I frequently get questions from friends, family, and other acquaintances who want to know my opinion on gear. Perhaps they’re looking to get their first DSLR. Often they have a DSLR and a lens but are curious what other/better lenses might present more photo options. Maybe they are thinking about buying a separate flash but aren’t sure how to make sense of the various offerings.
Naturally I help them out. Sometimes they need the gear they thought they wanted. Sometimes I point them towards a better alternative. And sometimes I explain that gear doesn’t solve everything and they could create the photos they want with the equipment they already have.
I’d like to extend that same offer to anyone. If you’re a casual/hobbyist photographer and looking for advice on what to buy, I’d like to help you out. Since so much of the answer of “what gear might I need” depends on exactly what you plan to do with it, there aren’t really any generic answers. I’d like to have a conversation with you (email, Skype, or phone) and based on what you tell me I can suggest some options for equipment (I can usually give you a couple options at varying price points).
I provide this service at no cost to you. I’ll provide you with recommendations (or a recommendation not to buy new gear). I will provide you with links to purchase equipment from a couple reputable online vendors such as B&H Photo or Amazon.com. I also encourage you to check out local photo stores for a price comparison. If you choose to purchase online, I request that you use the links I provided you; you’ll pay their great online prices and I’ll receive a small commission – it will cost you nothing but I’ll receive a few dollars for my time.
Anytime you have a question or are contemplating a purchase, send me an email and let me know what you’re thinking. I’d like to help you.