Pretty much every other message I receive, whether it be on Facebook, Instagram or Google+, is "I love your photos, what camera do you use?". I do like to believe that my photos are good but it doesn't have all to do with the equipment I use. In fact a lot of the shots in my portfolio are taken with an entry level Canon 450D which I loved with all my heart. It served me well on my backpacking trip through south america and proved that a camera is just a tool in the hands of a photographer. I mean, you wouldn't compliment a chef on the meal, because of the pots he used to cook it, right?
I also can't stress enough that the camera body you use is neither here nor there and it's all about lenses. If you're thinking about getting serious about photography spend your money on lenses because bodies come and go but, treated correctly, a good lens will last a lifetime.
1. Photography Equipment
It was a tough choice between the 5D mark III and the 6D but I went for the 6D mainly because it suits the type of photography I take. I didn't need the extra focus points, even if they are cross type, because 99% of the time I'm shooting landscapes. I simply don't need the extra speed that the Mark III offers. I do a lot of trekking so the weight was a big factor in deciding and I am very happy with the choice I made. Plus it saved me quite a few bucks that I could spend on lenses. Another win for me!
Hear about those new knives made out of laser bonded titanium carbide surfaces that only have to be sharpened every 25 years? Well this lens is so sharp it makes them seem blunt in comparison. I haven't read a single review that doesn't say that this is Canon's sharpest ultra wide angle. If your serious about landscape photography you need a serious wide angle and this is it.
This is my everyday walk about lens. On a full frame body 24mm is easily wide enough for landscapes and I like the quality throughout the entire focal range. It's relatively light and compact and
is super sharp, the only thing I'd like is a barrel lock because I find sometimes (when I have my ND filters on) that the barrel slips forward.
I pretty much only use this lens for astrophotography. I could use it with more landscapes but because of the convex front I can't attach filters to it. For astro its absolutely fantastic but that's about as far as it goes for me. It's fully manual, which means no autofocus, no auto aperture, but that doesn't matter as there is no use for it in astrophotography anyway! Did I mention it's cheap and sharp? You seriously can't go wrong with this lens!
I don't use this lens as often as I should. It's extremely sharp (as with all L series Canon lenses) the cheapest in its kind and super fun to use. Trying to get landscapes shots with this lens
adds a different perspective and really makes for some astonishing results.
Fantastic portrait lens and such a handy lens to have. My to go lens for any portrait photography and when I use it I'm always taken a back with how great the photos come out. It's small,
light and compact but packs a huge punch and it's great value for money.
As a long term traveller and avid hiker I really value the weight of my backpack. This tripod is both relatively light, but very strong. This is the third Sirui tripod I've owned (the first one was aluminium which I then upgraded to carbon fibre and lost in an accident) I've only had one small issue so far with the first Sirui tripod I've had. One of the elements came loose, which was quickly fixed by their customer service and sent back to me.
The current tripod I own is waterproof and dust-proof, features that come in really handy in the rough environments I often shoot in. For someone who is shorter than me (I am 5'9"/177cm tall) I would recommend going with the smaller and lighter version of this tripod.
If you are looking for great quality that won't leave w huge hole in your wallet Sirui tripods and ballheads are the way to go. After using my GX10 ballhead for quiet some time I upgraded to K30x, however I quickly realized that it was a bit too big for my needs. K20x is the perfect size and weight for the type of photography I do and holds my camera and lenses with no problem. There are 3 adjustable knobs: 1 for tightening the plate, one for the ballhead movement and one for panning, The larger knob also has a little screw for adjusting the friction of the ball. Everything works smoothly and is easy to operate.
Formatt Hitech ND Filters
Without a doubt the best money I've spent on photography gear. The filters really make it easy to capture the moment, that you want to capture . They made such a huge difference to every one of my landscape shots (especially the 1.2/4 stop ND soft grad filter) by letting me to have more control on how much light is getting through to my sensor. Also their customer service is second to none. I highly recommend investing into their firecrest edition, though more expensive the built quality and colour neutrality is second to none!
So small but comes in so handy in many different situations. If you are serious about photography you have to invest in one of these. What's the point of carrying that heavy tripod around all the time if you don't have the shutter release? This little remote will help you create sharp photographs eliminating the camera shake which you create when pressing the shutter spead. It's also essential for astro or long-exposure photography as it will allow you to keep the shutter open for longer than the maximum of 30 second that your dslr camera will allow.
2. Editing Equipment
This is one piece of equipment that I have been longing for a really long time. When I bought my former laptop, the macbook with retina display was just released onto the market and it wasn't affordable to me. I've waited for a couple of years and finally decided to turn to the dark side....or in this case bright side! It's fast, the screen is beautiful and it's a must have for a photographer. Their resell value is also fantastic if you ever decide to upgrade. I am telling you once you go Mac you never go back!
A genuine copy of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
I'm not going to lie, I did try pirated versions of these programs, but I could never upgrade them, they would always crash or had other problems, I couldn't use plugins and generally they didn't work as they are supposed to. With the original versions I get to do everything and since Adobe created the pay monthly thing it hardly costs anything and finally became affordable. I pay 10AUD (ca. 8 Euros) a month, which is pretty much nothing considering I probably use them for a few hours each day. Having original versions put my mind at ease and for 10 Aussie bucks a month who was I to say no.
A very recent addition to my equipment and something that I had my eye on for a very long time. After being fed up with editing my photos on a touchpad and delivering chronic pain to my wrist I finally invested into graphics tablet. I've read so many positive reviews and articles saying why I should get it that I finally decided to buy one for myself. Editing photos became so much more enjoyable now. The pen that comes with it gives me incredible control over the cursor and speeds up my workflow. A must have for any photographer or graphic designer!
3. Camera and photo storage
F STOP LOKA + Medium ICU
If you follow me on instagram you can spot me wearing this backpack quite often. This bag is awesome. It's big enough to fit all my photography gear, my laptop and enough clothes for a few days but small enough to be classed as hand luggage. The internal compartment unit (ICU), that is sold separately is well thought out and the build quality is second to none. In fact the build quality is that good that Fstop guarantees their bags FOR LIFE!!!!! With that said don't order your bag directly from their website! It will take forever to arrive. Rather search for their distributors!
If you shoot as much as I do, your internal hard drive is going to fill up fast and slow your computer down dramatically. In fact now when I made the transition to Macbook I promised myself to keep it as clean as possible at all times and store everything on my external hardrives. I have 2 because I usually make second copy of my photos. I would hate it when one harddrive broke down and all my content would be gone.
Great website to create a photography portfolio and put your mind at ease when storing your photos away. You can choose from different types of subscriptions, set up your online photography store
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