Cool Tools

Someone once said “A good man is known by his tools!”

Here are mine – the tools that I most enjoy using and that I feel are worthy to recommend to my friends.

My Cameras

  • Fujifilm X-T1 – Purchased in March 2014, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a step up from the X-E2 (see below). Using the same sensor and providing almost the same optical performance, the X-T1 has a different – and better – feel than the X-E2. It’s got a larger front grip which makes the camera easier to hold – and the new, larger electronic viewfinder on the X-T1 is a thing of beauty. And, or course, the beautiful industrial design of Fuji makes the X-T1 such a cool looking camera. I’m loving having switched from Canon/Nikon DSLRs to the Fuji’s – smaller, more affordable cameras – and lenses – with great optical performance. What’s not to like?
  • Fujifilm X-E2 – Purchased in November 2013, the Fujifilm X-E2 is a great complement to the X100S. It offers removable lenses while using the same APS-C X sensor and menu system as the X100S. It also has similar external mechanical controls for shutter speed and aperture. See my images shot with the Fujifilm X-E2!
  • My iPhone 5s – always in my pocket with a GREAT camera and great camera/photo applications! Checkout my VSCO Grid or my Instagram mobile photography posts.
  • Fujifilm X100S 16 MP Digital Camera – Purchased in August 2013, this is my first rangefinder body. It’s sheer delight – a camera that works beautifully and, with its single fixed focal length lens, challenges my creativity. In the classic Leica spirit, Fuji did a superb job on this camera! See my images shot with the Fujifilm X100S.
  • Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera with 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Lens – Purchased in October 2012, this is my first Nikon camera body. I was particularly interested in the new sensor (made by Sony) in this camera – with an ability to handle a greater dynamic range of light. So far, I’m impressed – see my images shot with the Nikon D600.
  • Canon PowerShot S100 – this camera goes with me almost everywhere (it’s tucked in my backpack). I’ve also owned and highly recommend the earlier versions in this series: Canon PowerShot S90 and Canon PowerShot S95.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II – my “serious” camera. A great digital SLR for serious work – both image and video.

My Lenses


Photography Books and e-Books


  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – the anchor for my image library.
  • VSCO Film – classic film emulation presets I use in Lightroom.
  • Nik Software – Complete Collection
  • Topaz Labs – Complete Collection
  • Photomatix Pro – for some of my earlier HDR work.
  • Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom Preset Bundle – Some amazing Lightroom presents – worth studying as you create your own!
  • Trey Ratcliff’s Photomatix Presets – Quick start presets for use with Photomatix HDR processing.

Photography Podcasts – see my post about my favorite photography podcasts!



Note: I only include items here that I actually use and are worthy of my recommendation – there is no sponsorship involved. I do participate in a number of affiliate programs that compensate me if you find an item and decide to purchase it because of one of my links. You won’t pay any more – it’s just the affiliate’s way of saying thank you to me for a referral. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”