When I decided to take more professional pictures I also started to think about photography gear. Of course I felt totally lost, because the choice is just huge! In the end I decided to buy some basic equipment (a camera body and one lens) and since then I have bought some more every now and then. I think the recipe is not to buy everything at once, but to gain experience with what you have and find out what else you can use. So here is what I own so far and also what I use it for.

Camera

Nikon D750

This is my only body and I use it for all my shootings – love it! But also considering upgrading to the new D780.

Lenses

Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8

I use my 24-70mm for shooting where I want to capture different perspectives very fast. For example, I like to experiment with this lens for fashion shootings but I also use it for weddings. The 50mm I like to use for portrait sessions and when I aim to have a nice bokeh. For a long time the only lens I owned was the 50mm and to be honest, I could do a lot with it! I acctualy prefer to use prime lenses. They make you move more, but you are also more aware of the perspectives. As I started to shoot for businesses, the 24-70mm is really helpful add-on, because it gives me more flexibility. Finally, I take my 35mm on travels as it’s the perfect wide angle for landscape and cities but can also be used for portraits. Plus, it’s light wight (;

Lighting

Faltreflektor-Set 56cm
Elinchrom DX-Lite RX 4×4 (400w)

In the beginning, I only used a reflector. It was important to me anyway to first master photography with daylight before I decided to learn more about artificial light as well. In the beginning, I only used a reflector. It was important to me anyway to first master photography with daylight before I decided to learn more about artificial light as well. Later on, I bought two continuous light lamps in order to be able to take better photos indoors as well. Recently, I bought a simple flash unit to learn the craft of using flash. For me it is important to have the equipment to really learn how to use it. 

Software

Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop

 

 I hope this helps you in your own reflections on your photography gear.

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