Body and lenses
My camera is the Nikon D700. It is amazing. It is fabulous. It totally rocks. Need I say more? It has a full frame sensor and performs like a well-trained athlete. I just totally dig this camera! Love!
As far as lenses go, I have 3 right now: Nikon 14-24 for wide angle, Nikon 28-300 zoom, and Nikon 85mm prime. They are fabulous, and in particular the 14-24 wide angle is incredible. It blows my mind sometimes how quick it is and how much I can get in a frame!
I mostly shoot with the 14-24 because, well I guess I just love it. I use this lens for landscapes and cityscapes all the time, and it works great.
Secondly, I use the 28-300 zoom. It's a great all-purpose lens and also performs really well. It has such a broad range that it could be a primary lens for me...but my first love is still the 14-24. It's hard to beat that wide angle awesomeness!
Just to be clear though, I am not a gear snob (at least, I don't think that I am!) and I feel like you can take great pictures with almost any sort of camera. I use these devices though because they have additional features that I can take advantage of, which my previous camera just didn't have.
How do you take better pictures?
The best advice I ever got in terms of how to become a better photographer is this: "take a lot of pictures". The same thing can be said for just about anything. If you want to improve at something, spend time doing it. I heard somewhere that your first 10,000 shots are your worst, so get out there and start shooting!
Tripod, Computer and software:
MeFoto Roadtrip - in blue! http://www.mefoto.com/products/roadtrip.aspx
MacBook Pro 15" Retina display (greatest computer ever!!)
Nik Software Complete Collection: HDR Efex Pro & Color Efex Pro are my two favorites!
Read more here: http://www.nomadicpursuits.com/hdr-efex-pro-review-tutorial/
Topaz Adjust - read more here: http://www.nomadicpursuits.com/topaz-adjust-review/
Topaz BW Effects
Topaz Lens Effects
Photomatix - read more here: http://www.nomadicpursuits.com/hdr-tutorial/