Since 2010 I have studied and been trained in photography, learning all the technicalities of the camera and importance of aesthetics that go along with capturing the perfect shot. Whilst having an eye is a key element, the equipment you use can be a huge help in making sure you achieve the perfect set-up and result for the photos you require. The earlier on your invest, the longer your equipment will last and become a trusty sidekick in all your photo endeavours, so what are the real essentials you should be purchasing for your photography work?
The most important part of your photography work is the camera, the main device to capture and translate your work. Right now there are so many models and brands on the market making a stand, so it’s important you list what your essentials are – using Snapsort to compare models is a huge help as it gives unbiased, informative advice on all models on the market. It is also worth noting it is a good idea to invest for the future especially as MP and video quality excels – look for cameras that shoot in 2-4K, full-frame models and a wide range of ISO.
Tripods are great to self-shoot via remote, stabilise shots and act as a photographer without needing a second person. There are cheap versions available online, but you don’t get the flexibility for great stabilised shots – the Manfrotto 190 Series with Aluminium 3 Section Tripod + Ball Head is great for a wide range of use – from flat lays to low-ground photography, to dramatic angles and portraiture, the legs are highly stable and robust and allows for 90 dramatic angles and portraiture, the legs are highly stable and robust and allows for 90 degrees movement of your camera. If you’re looking for something more compact and transportable, the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod is very affordable and great for small spaces – also for filming videos!
As I briefly mentioned, a remote can be very helpful if you are a stand-alone photographer or you are trying to capture a moment without intimidation of the subject or blurring an image. If your camera has wifi, you can use an app on your phone to remote shutter or even live view your subject, or simply head online to find a remote that taps into the infra-red setting on your camera.
We tend to focus a lot on the camera, however, it’s truly the lenses that make all the difference to your image quality. If you shoot portraits or fashion, a 50mm or 85mm lens will give you crisp shots with beautiful blue thanks to the low aperture; for landscape and travel, 20-35mm will give you a wide angle and great clarity, capturing all the details you need. Once you get your perfect mix of equipment, you’ll see a huge difference in your ease of photography and the quality of images you produce; so what are you waiting for? Happy snapping!
Lauren is a Lifestyle and Beauty Blogger from the UK with a background in Photography. After studying and training in the industry, Lauren has been featured in national magazines as a fashion photographer to watch, and now freelances as a photographer whilst running her blog and YouTube channel.