For someone who is looking for specific gear, I wanted to share which professional photography equipment list that I use. It has always interested me what other photographers are documenting their projects with and especially in contemporary photography; there is not much emphasis put in their gear. However, I do believe that photography is way more than the gear you work with, but on the other hand, I’ve always been intrigued in knowing how a certain quality has been attained.
This professional photography studio equipment is what I use, but a cheaper model of Canon* will easily do too. My first camera was a Canon 500D, worked perfectly well for what I was doing at that time. Something I have not mentioned on the list since its an analog one is Mamiya RZ67*. What a beauty I must say. If you’re into analog quality and truly exploring the process of the film.
I’ve had this set for ages. I bought mine in 2009. It has been with me when I moved abroad, and truly served me anywhere where I needed it. With this set you do need to have a power supply, so photographing outside was only possible if it was near one. This contains two softboxes and I also bought an extra transparent umbrella to go with this. Usually sets might cost you over 1000$, so this is an inexpensive one when looking at the lifespan of it. In the beginning, using just construction lighting might be sufficient, but once you want to control and manipulate the light, you will need to have a softbox set.
Having a reflector that you can easily pack into small space to have with you in outdoor shoots has been essential to me. Especially when shooting outdoors has its downsides; not knowing how the weather and light will change. Reflector can greatly add light to your images without using a filler light at all. You’ll want to decide on the size of the reflector you’ll need. If you’re mainly shooting individual portraits, a smaller reflector might work better for you than a larger one.
After deciding what size you want to use, you can then decide on the shape and material of your reflector. The simpler the reflector, the easier it is to carry and use.
Personally, I use a white / silver one in my portraiture. Silver might be too reflective, so that it looks a clearly as a reflected light, and gold might bring too much warmth to the image.
A speedlight is great whenever you’re shooting in a location that is not familiar to you and you have a hard time knowing the lighting conditions. Speedlight can be used instead of a full studio lighting set, especially if the surroundings are challenging. However, using just the speedlight directed straight onto your subject will look exposed and might feel invading for them. I always have my speedlight softbox* to diffuse the light and build a natural light kind of feel.
Finally, an external flash that can both be mounted and triggered wirelessly is the best way to go if you want great quality lighting that you can manipulate more than if you connect it straight to your camera.
There is no one way to start photographing and needing the best equipment in the beginning is simply not true. Photography is about the narrative and once you know hoe to narrate your images, you will also be able to know which elements you want to improve. If you’ve already photographed for some time and know you want to dive deeper into the field, acquiring a quality camera should be on your to-do list.
Not going to go too deep into the qualities of this camera but can say it serves it’s purpose well. You can use it for videos and images, shooting RAW-files for better photo manipulation and later edit. The camera can be connected to CaptureOne, which lets you shoot images and immediately view them on your laptop.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a full-frame DSLR aimed at advanced amateurs and enthusiasts, and even professionals looking for a [second] Canon DSLR body.Resolution, autofocus performance, video shooting and even battery life are all great in this camera.
This lens is of great quality and works well in less lighted conditions. You can shoot wide images and still have the great quality in your photographs. This is a very versatile and high quality lens in every sense. The first thing is color rendering. Colors feel soft, rich and pleasant. This is what I have not seen with other lenses like Sigma or Tamron. In addition to this lens, I like to use this 50mm lens* which is far more better for portraiture.
Once you’re working remotely in different locations, having a backdrop stand kit will come in handy. Otherwise you’d have to be taping all your backdrops with the most innovative mechanisms – trust me i’ve been there! This will not only look more professional but also feel so; you know where you can build your backdrop without any surprises. Easy to build and easy to have with you.
Even with a steady hand, having a tripod* with you will let you have more freedom in you photoshoots. Especially with models who might be camera conscious, you will be able to have a connection with your subjects without the interference of picking up your camera. I sometimes even move away from the camera to let my subjects relax a bit, and when returning I try to make it appear that I am not taking any pictures just yet – this way there is no build up and the person will feel a bit more at ease in the situation.
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