Photography Seminar, Part II: Equipment and Software Recommendations

photoequipmentOn Tuesday, January 25th, the Social Media Communicators met with photographer Katherine Taylor for a session on taking better photographs. She provided some recommendations for equipment, which we’ve included below. Please note: Product recommendations are from Katherine Taylor and do not represent preferences of Boston University.


Canon Rebel T2i
Canon 7D
Canon 5D Mark II

Nikon D5000
Nikon D90
Nikon D700

The technology in the Canon DSLR allows for video capabilities as well as still photography modes. – this is a leading selling point of the cameras as the video capacities are professional grade. Canon DSLR’s typically have no pop-up flash so will need an external speedlight. Nikon’s lowest level D5000 will come with a pop-up flash but the more expensive models will also need an external flash unit.


– Canon – 580ex II
– Nikon – SB-900


Versatile zoom lenses:

Wide angle:

Speedlight Diffusion:

Diffuser Dome (oftentimes will come with the speedlight)
Off-camera shoe cord


Adobe Lightroom 3
Photo Mechanic
Photoshop CS4 or CS5

Programs (with the exception of Aperture) are available for Mac or PC

There are free 30 day trials for Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 and Aperture.

Photo courtesy Benjamin Thomas on Flickr.

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