Photography and touring often go hand in hand so I thought it would be good to have a thread where we could talk about the equipment we carry, how we carry it, tips and tricks for getting great shots. I'll start, everyone else chime in! We use a Nikon D80 for most of our shots, which is a SLR (single lens reflex) or manual camera. We also have two lenses for it, a Tokina 12mm-24mm wide angle lens (great for landscapes and fisheye type portraits) and a 50mm fixed lens, which allows us to take macro shots. We also carry a Lensbaby set around with us but have hardly ever used it. It weighs nothing though and is so tiny we haven't bothered to send it home either. On top of that we have a Sony T9 but we really only use that for shooting videos and occasionally we use it to snap quick pictures if we don't want to take out the big camera. Truth be told, we are not so in love with the Sony. It is okay, but sometimes it really can't handle things like bright skies (they just wash out to white). It doesn't perform as well as we'd like and if we had to do it again we might get a Canon A540 Powershot, which we have been very impressed with looking at the photos taken by the person behind 14 Degrees. Both the Nikon and Sony live in Andrew's handlebar bag, unless we are using the Ultrapod II, attached to my top tube, with the Sony mounted on it for moving video filming/picture snapping. Taking great pictures, in my opinion, is more about knowing how to use the gear, thinking a bit about how to frame your shot, starting to "see" interesting pictures and then maybe doing a bit of post editing... much more so than "how big is your camera". To get just the right shot you may have to take dozens of pictures. This sunflower shot, for example, took me about 50 tries to get right, holding the flower, looking up, waiting for a perfectly clear sky, the sun in the right place! Where post processing is concerned, we have the free editing program GIMP, which is every bit as good as Photoshop for the average user. We also have the free version of Photomatix, which lets you take three pictures (one normal exposure, one underexposed and one overexposed) and put them together to give you a rich photo. Great for making sure bright skies don't get blown out when you are trying to get the landscape just right and vice versa.