Current Photography Gear

I am a novice photographer.

I am by no means a professional photographer, but I want to share what I have and what I learn as I move along my photography journey. I will work to include reviews of cameras, lenses, software and camera gear that I purchase.

Current Gear

Below you will find my current list of camera equipment. By the way, there are links to Amazon with details for each item that I use and would recommend to anyone else. I want to disclose that if you click the link and decide to purchase these items from Amazon, This American Plate would receive an advertising fee for your purchase.

Canon T3i with Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0 Lenses

This has been a great camera and lens kit so far. I purchased it in 2013, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s helped me capture some great moments. The T3i has been discontinued, but there is a new that has some improvements.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

This is a new lens that I gave myself as a Christmas gift. I will only post a link to it after I have tested and seen that it’s worked well for me. You’ll get photographic evidence. :-)

This is a great tool to edit RAW format photos after your photo session. It comes packaged with Adobe Photoshop.


Many of my props come from all over the place. Since I don’t need full sets of dinnerware for a one- or two-plate dinner setting for photos AND I’m on a budget, I really like visiting thrift shops and stores like Target, Ross, TJ Maxx and Home Goods to find deals.

  • Thrift shops like Goodwill and Rescue Mission Stores AND inexpensive stores like Ross are great for glassware cups, plates and serveware.
  • Home Goods and TJ Maxx are good for unique and/or modern plates, utensils, cake plates and cutting boards.
  • Target has some inexpensive “cool” modern and colorful pieces such as dip bowls, platters and kitchen gadgets.