My experience with Nikon Professional Services was anything but pro!

Dan M Lee Alaska trip
(Image credit: Dan M Lee)

Photography is an expensive business, not just in the sense of the kit you need to buy but to keep your business going. You need a backup of everything in case something breaks and even then you can only carry so much while out in the field. 

At a bare minimum, I'm always with 2 camera bodies, 3 lenses and whatever paraphernalia I need to get the job done. Just from a cost perspective that's around $10,000 / £8,000 / AU$ 15,500 of kit (Nikon Z9 / Z8 etc). So siging up to something like NPS (Nikon Professional Services) and I'm sure Sony and Canon have their own versions of, is important for fast repairs, discounts etc and even free loan devices on their Platinum+ level of membership. 

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Dan M Lee
Pro Travel and Adventure Photographer, Educator and Author

Dan M Lee is a professional travel and adventure photographer who has shared his knowledge with hundreds of individuals through his in-person wilderness photography training and thousands more through his writing. That includes a book, Creating Photography: The Professional Edge but the way to get involved is to join him on an expedition via

Dan has a broad range of photographic interests – and tech enthusiasm – which he can trace back to his first job, while still at school, in a photography shop in England. He has since been lured across the Atlantic to New York City where he undertakes commissions for numerous publishers.

His extensive traveling means he can be out of his home for more than half the year, which has also seen him develop an interest in smart security systems.

He is also a regular on the Not The Gear and The Grumpy Photographer podcasts.