I wouldn’t be much of a photographer and digital retoucher without my equipment. After all, it makes up the other half of the team!
I would like to be super honest here.
When I was starting out as a beginner photographer I was far too focused on photography gear.
I read countless blogs and magazines in search of the very best combination of camera body, lens, backpack, filter, tripod, laptop, etc… The list goes on. I think I did this to help me feel more confident and almost like I had a ‘leg up’ when in truth it probably did the opposite! I had a load of stuff I had no idea how to use!
The precise moment this happened to me I am not sure, but when I realised the type of gear really didn’t matter I became a much better photographer and happier in general.
My earlier equipment focused exploits have left me with a bunch of gear that I am very fortunate to have access to. Is it the best gear out there? Probably not. Am I fussed? Not in the slightest.
In truth, I couldn’t care about the brand or type of camera I use and I encourage you to ignore the technical jargon associated with cameras and photography in general. Instead, pick up the closest camera to you, get shooting and start editing!
For those of you still battling with ‘gear curiosity’ here’s a small list of stuff I use on a regular basis.
- Canon DSLR 5D Mkiii
- Canon 24-105mm f/4l
- Canon 17-40mm f/4l
- Canon 50mm f/1.8
- Lee Filters Big Stopper – 10 Stop filter
- Lee Filters Little Stopper – 6 Stop Filter
- Hoya Pro1 Digital UV Filter
- Manfrotto 290 MT293A4 Tripod
- BlackRapid Camera Strap
- MacBook Pro 13” Retina
- Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet