Wow! That was amazing work. Just beautiful.
Great article, Emily! Could tell you've put a lot of time into putting this one together. I agree with David that this is the best article I've read here at NFS in a long time. Good work, and thanks!
I've used a D600 daily for video work for the last two years, and have found myself grabbing the el-cheapo 50mm 1.8 af-s for the bulk of shots where I need to grab something nice looking, quickly. I've got a full set of zeiss primes, but yeah, I'd definitely recommend the 50mm 1.8 af-s on your D5300 if you're strapped for cash and want a nice image.
Congrats on the new site guys! Looking forward to seeing how it evolves.