I call them tools because that is exactly what they are. Just like any other artistic device, they are made with a specific purpose in mind.
Since I get asked about the equipment I use fairly often, here is a general list of all the important stuff. With a few affiliate links so feel free to check them out and go shopping.
Camera & Lenses
Right now I use a Nikon D7100, but I started out with a D80 and it’s kit lens, a Nikon 18-135 mm, but over the years I have added equipment.
Nikon 50 mm – (of course I have a nifty fifty)
Nikon 70-300 mm – This lens is soon to be retired though. It was given to me slightly used by the “Dean of Alligator Wrestling” himself, Time Williams. And since then it has taken a great many photographs of wildlife and aircraft, and after almost a decade of hard use, it is beginning to show it’s age.
Tamron 10-24 mm – This was my first real wide angle lens, it has served me well, and I have learned a great deal from using it.
Tamron 35mm – I love this thing!
Tamron 18-400 mm – I recently purchased this one as replacement for my Nikon 70-300. I am still getting it, but so far I like it. I do want to work with it a bit more though.
Manfrotto XPRO Geared Tripod head – This thing is pretty awesome. It handles my constant minute adjustments with ease.
Manfrotto Monopod with feet – Because sometimes a monopod is just easier (at least until I get a carbon fiber tripod).
Nikon Remote – This thing makes my life during long exposures so much easier!
Triggertrap – Super easy to use timer that works with our cell phone.
Hoya Filter – Because sometimes, I want to protect my lens.
Lee Filters – I have only recently (as in within the last year) began using these. I currently own their Big Stopper, a few ND graduated filters, and their Landscape Polarizer. So far they have proved quite useful and I look forward to working more with them.
Cleaning Cloth – There a number of little things that are of great use when I am out and about. Not the least of which are my cleaning clothes.
Solar Battery Back Up – For when I’m not anywhere near an outlet.
Garmin GPS Unit – I really, really, really, don’t like getting lost!
Water Pack – I went through dehydration once, it’s not fun. Seriously, drink lots of water!
Macbook Pro – I’m not fancy. I do my editing on 13″ laptop at the moment.
Adobe Photoshop – There are a great many options available, and eventually I will learn some of them. But right now I just use what I am comfortable with.
Topaz Labs Plugins – Topaz Labs has a variety of Photoshop plugins, I use for various projects as needed.