It can be noted that the gear that I haul around with me while going on photography excursions has grown quite a bit throughout the years. Instead of buying everything on the shelves at the camera department of my local Best Buy store, I’ve completed enough research to thoroughly understand what it is I need and for what reasons.
Here is a list of my go-to essentials when it comes to taking the perfect picture:
#1 – Camera
Having the right camera makes a big difference when you are trying to capture memories. There are a vast amount of brands and models in the market. After trying out both Nikon and Sony cameras, I came to realize that my favorite was actually Canon. From the very first moment I held the Canon EOS 70D in my hands, I knew that it would become my one true pairing. Make sure that you have that special moment with a device when looking for the camera that works best for you.
#2 – Lenses
Picking out the right lens can be compared to walking into a candy shop and deciding which lollipop you want. Camera lenses come in different focal lengths to help take photographs at different distances. I like to carry around the following:
From left to right:
- 50MM – Blurs out the background to focus primarily on the subject
- 10-18MM – Captures the most out of the scene with a wide-angle
- 18-135MM – Great walk-around zoom lens to never miss a shot
#3 – Tripods
In order to avoid shaky images, setting the camera up on a tripod is a must! Manfrotto tripods are well-designed, compact, and sturdy. I can easily carry them around without feeling much weight on my shoulders.
As you can most likely tell by the name, the “Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod” is the one photographed on the left. It is a handheld tripod that also works as a monopod. I like to screw it onto my camera and use it as a stabilizer as I am reaching up to take high shots.
The next tripod that I own is the “Manfrotto Compact Action.” Although it is suited for entry-level cameras, I find it perfect for my 70D! Not only am I allowed to slip my camera on with ease thanks to its quick-release plate, but the design allows for swift movement when taking both photographs and video.
Generally speaking, although carrying the right tools can lead to success, you should not rely solely on equipment in order to become the best photographer out there. If you have an eye for the art, you will come to realize what gear can help express your vision. In the words of Percy W. Harris:
“Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase.”