Equipment I use

Canon Rebel T2i – $899.95

My camera of choice is the Canon Rebel T2i. I have now been using the T2i as my primary camera for the past several months, both in the office and for personal use. A rather new camera to the Canon line, this camera is great in that it boasts many of the technical specifications of cameras several times its price, with very few shortcomings making up the price differential. One of the most amazing qualities of the Rebel T2i is the 18 megapixel sensor! The size of this sensor and the quality of the camera overall results in some amazing photos. The T2i is also capable of recording 1080p HD video. General reviews of the video capabilities of this camera have also been highly positive so far.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 – $299.95

Initially I got into HDR photography with the use of a Panasonic Lumix FZ35 camera . I would not really recommend this camera for HDR photography. This camera is basically a powerful point and shoot with the ability to take auto-bracketed shots as required for HDR Photography. Although a fantastic camera in it’s own right, this camera falls short in the HDR department due to it’s ability to only capture light with a spacing range from -1 to +1 for the darkest and lightest image respectively. This is lacking as it fails to capture the wide range of luminance to truly display the full color of the light spectrum that HDR is so fantastic at doing! The Panasonic Lumix FZ35 is also incapable of capturing photos in RAW mode. Capturing photos in JPEG means the images are already compressed and the ability to display luminance is again reduced. For a beginner the FZ35 does indeed allow the capability to shoot in HDR but for these reasons it limits the scope to evolve your skill set.  With this in mind I began to thoroughly research a reasonably priced D-SLR camera with the ability to take high quality HDR shots. However, if you are mostly in the market for a point and shoot with HD video capabilities this is easily the best I have seen at this price point.

Dolica 62-Inch Proline Tripod – $46.95

To capture perfect HDR images you really need to purchase a tripod! I recommend you purchase the Dolica 62-Inch Proline. It is not an expensive item and really makes a difference in quality of your images. You invested all that money in a good quality camera… don’t make the mistake of not spending an extra $40 on an investment that will take your HDR photos to the next level!! I have researched affordable tripods for hours on end and this is the best I can see available.

  • Jono

    You Rock!