Resources

Resources for the Railfan Photographer

Here are a list of applications, web sites and other resources that you might find useful.

Please note that many of these are affiliate links, meaning that I will earn a small commission if you purchase products through them, at no cost to you. I only recommend products and services that I have experience with and feel they could be useful to you.

Photography Equipment

Cameras

I use a Canon T1i as my main camera. I have been a user of the Canon line for several years.

I intend to buy a Canon 7D Mark II soon… once I accumulate the funds!

If you are a Nikon user, good for you! I have no experience with Nikons but they are fine cameras as well.

Lenses

I have three lenses at the moment:

Storage Cards

I use a Lexar Professional 600x 32GB SDHC card as my primary storage for my camera. I have several SD cards in my bag as backup but the Lexar does a great job. Here’s a good article to help you choose SD cards. I recommend at least 32GB and wait for them to go on sale and buy two! Always carry at least two cards with you, in case one fails or you forget one at home.

Software

Editing

I use Adobe Lightroom 5 for my image organization and editing. Read 5 Reasons Why You Need Lightroom. A freeware alternative is LightZone (I have not used it).

For basic image editing I use the freeware Paint.NET (leave them a donation for their great software!). Obviously Adobe Photoshop is popular but I haven’t invested in that yet. Adobe Photoshop Elements is an alternative at a much lower cost.

An alternative is to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud and get Photoshop and Lightroom for USD $9.99/month.

Apps

There are plenty of great apps for your phone that will help with photography. Here are some that I use:

Video

Hosting

I host my videos on Gumroad. I am just starting to use it in early 2015 but so far I like it.

I have many video clips on YouTube as well.

Editing

I am using Pinnacle Studio 17 from Corel for video editing. The interface is a little confusing but it is very powerful.

Good friends of mine (saintjohnrailfan and nbsrfan) use Cyberlink PowerDirector 12 Ultra. I have no experience with it but they produce great results.

A great freeware program for basic video editing is VirtualDub.

Web Site Hosting

I have used Pair.com for many years for my web hosting needs. They are rock-solid, professional and highly available. Their prices are competitive for the value they provide and I have no hesitation in recommending them for anyone running a serious web site.

I use Sibername.com for my domain registration, both Canadian .ca addresses and general .com names. Their prices are competitive and their customer service is good.

Advertising

I use Google’s AdSense for some of my advertising. It is a low-effort way to earn some income from your web sites. Please do not click on my ads unless you are interested in the product.

When I mention products I like, I often provide an Amazon Affiliates link. Amazon provides a great service to people interested in purchasing products and I am happy to work with them.