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ABOUT STEVEN DAVID MILLER

While I fully agree with the old adage that it’s the photographer not the camera that makes a photo, nature photography requires specialized camera gear to achieve successful wildlife photos. Birds, mammals, insects or underwater photos each require special tools such as telephoto lenses, macro lenses or underwater housings.

My suggestion is to think about what aspect of nature photography you are most interested in and start with the gear necessary for that. Then, purchase new equipment as your subjects require or your interest grows. If you’re interested primarily in bird photography, a long zoom or telephoto in the 300mm to 600mm range is mandatory.

These lenses require a good sturdy tripod with a gimbal or ball head (even with the help of image stabilization and high ISO!) and a strong shoulder. If you are interested more in macro subjects, look at one of the many fine macro lenses in the 50mm to 200mm range. Again, photographic success is going to require the use of a tripod for sharp images. In this age of digital imaging, cameras become obsolete much faster than in the glory days of film, so it’s best to put more money into good lenses that hold their value rather than camera bodies that will be outdated in a year or so.

The list of gear that I use is simply my personal choice and it has changed many times over the years. I’ve moved from film to digital, from long heavy lenses to lighter, more compact lenses suitable for travel and to save my back. There are many top cameras out there and even more great lenses. I’m not sponsored by any manufacturers and I pay for all my own equipment, so I’m careful about what I buy and do a lot of research and soul-searching before spending my hard-earned money.

The Internet is a wonderful tool for getting opinions and reviews on photographic equipment as long as you filter it and determine what’s right for you. Today’s digital SLRs are feature laden marvels, but you need to work out which features you need and those that you don’t. Because of the environments that I shoot in, I require cameras and lenses that will keep working in dusty conditions, bouncing along rough roads in four-wheel drives or in high heat and humidity.

I use Nikon cameras and lenses exclusively and have done so since I bought my first Nikon F many years ago. Over the years I’ve built up an arsenal of Nikon lenses and have upgraded as I felt necessary and real improvements came along. Currently I’m using the following:

-Nikon D3 bodies

-500mm f4 

-200-400mm f4

-300mm f2.8

-200mm micro

-80-200mm f2.8 zoom

-70-180mm macro zoom

-24-70mm f2.8 zoom

-14-24mm f2.8 zoom

-SB-800 flashes

-1.4x converters

-Gitzo tripods

-Acratech heads

-Wimberley gimbal head

-Think Tank packs 

-Pelican cases

-Lowepro backpacks & roller bags

-Pocket Wizard flash triggers

-Kirk plates and accessories

For underwater work I use an Aquatica housing with dome and macro ports. In the Aquatica I use 16mm fisheye, 18mm and 20mm wide angle and 60mm and 105mm macro lenses.

We use Apple computers and several external hard drives to back up everything several times.

For me, photography is an adventure. No matter what you use to create images, have fun doing it and, as photographers, let’s work together to preserve and protect this amazing planet we share.

Cheers and thank you for visiting Natural Wanders, Steven David Miller

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