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.
This is my only body and I use it for all my shootings – love it! But also considering upgrading to the new D780.
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 (;
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.
I hope this helps you in your own reflections on your photography gear.
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