Wan't to know what I carry with me in my camera bag for every shoot? I have a simple but effective kit that I have used for the past few years. My gear hasn't failed me yet and I always get amazing results. You don't always need the most expensive equipment, I believe my work shows this.
Now, depending on what you shoot will depend on what equipment you need.
I shoot beauty, fashion and portraits. I don't do landscape, architecture, interior etc... so the lenses I use are perfect for what I need them for.
Yes they are the cheaper/budget end, but that doesn't mean they don't do their job.
My kit includes;
- Canon EOS 200D DSLR (bought new)
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (bought new)
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM telephoto lens (bought new)
- Sigma Zoom 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG (second hand)
- SanDisk Extreme PRO 95mb/s 32GB card
- SanDisk Extreme PRO 170mb/s 64GB card
The camera body came with 2 kit lenses, which I ended up selling. I have been using this camera for a few years now and I don't see the need to change it just yet! It does the job I need it to do, and that's all I can ask for really.
The 50mm was the first lens to join my kit. It has served me well, and it still does. I like to use this lens when shooting mid length or close up photos, I prefer to use this lens when I'm on location, but I do use it in the studio when I'm shooting fashion or headshots.
The next lens to join my kit was the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8. I needed a lens that would be good for full length photos for when I'm shooting fashion, especially on location. I also use this lens for shooting fashion in the studio.
And finally my favourite lens, the 85mm f/1.8. It's the lens I use most during my shoots. I mainly use this lens for shooting beauty, but I have also used it on location when I want a super soft and creamy background. So satisfying to zoom into in Photoshop and see every detail on the skin.
Aside from everything else, I can't express how important it is to have good SD cards and spare batteries.
Unfortunately for me, I learnt the hard way in the early days. I used to buy really cheap cards on eBay with a huge amount of storage. Luckily this only happened once... During a shoot my camera froze and wasn't showing anything on the screen, I think it just said "loading", eventually it unfroze and I had lost all the images I had just taken! Corrupted. Gone. During the shoot. So upsetting and also embarrassing having to explain what just happened!
And when it comes to batteries, it was just something I kept forgetting to buy. Very unprofessional and embarrassing if your battery dies mid shoot and you don't have backups. This also happened to me a couple of times in the beginning.
Thank you for taking the time to read another blog post. I hope it helped in some way, especially if you're a beginner photographer!