Have you ever been trapped in that frame of mind where you need more or better photography gear before you can either start your business or progress further?
You’re constantly worried that what you have isn’t enough, and that other photographers who have more will get all the jobs, so why bother…
This mental road-block is very common in photography, and I’ll share the truth about the equipment you actually need, as well as erase that thought from your mind by the end of this short article…
What Gear Do You Really Need As A Photographer?
This depends largely on the type of work you do, but here’s a list that can easily get you started in most types of photography…
- A DSLR camera – Having a ‘top-of-the-line’ camera is great… but won’t make you a better photographer. Having a mid to low-end DSLR is fine. Once you’ve worked up the client base and savings, it’s a bonus to upgrade to a full frame sensor, but don’t let not having one stop you from getting started!
- Megapixels – This is basically the size that your photos are taken at. It’s another thing that usually doesn’t matter. These days I recommend getting something that is at least 10MP, but again, it depends on the type of photography… if you’re going to be printing large pictures then you might need more MP’s to ensure the image stays crisp and clear – Here’s an article by Ken Rockwell about “the megapixel myth” where he explains things really well
- A Tripod – These can be bought quite cheaply and you don’t need anything fancy. Remember, the job of a tripod is to keep your camera perfectly still at an adjustable height (and tilt usually).
- Spare Battery and SD Card – These are basically a “must-have” because without them you can be left in a pretty awkward situation.
- 50mm Prime Lens – This is in my opinion another “must-have”. It gets awesome results in almost any situation and can be bought relatively cheaply. The lower the aperture the more expensive they are and the better results you’ll be able to get but an f1.8 can be had for around $100-$150.
Optional (Dependent on photography type)
- Lights – Some soft box lights are always handy to have if extra lighting is needed, and can be quite cheap.
- External flash – This boosts the capabilities of your cameras inbuilt flash, and can even be moved to different locations to give interesting effects
- Extra Lenses – Just like have a fancy camera, it’s nice to have a bunch of lenses, but you don’t ‘need’ them! They’ll just help you get a few shots that you’d miss on an ordinary lens.
The top tip I hear over an over from the pro’s I work with is
“read your cameras manual and then practice!”
Even with a very basic DSLR camera you can get shots better than many full time photographers with all the bells-and-whistles if you know your way around your camera and take pride in your work.
Don’t let a lack of the best camera, or access to 20 different telephoto lenses stop you from getting out there, practicing, and working with clients who you know will love the results of your own style of photography!
If you think I’ve missed any of the absolute essentials leave a comment below and let us know!
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