Monday, 6 April 2015

My Photography Essentials

   I could harp on about photography all day if I could; but it's better to give me a camera and send me off on my way - I'll be gone all day and night. Having studied photography for three years, I've built up a nice little kit that does its job, so if you've seen my photos and would like to know what equipment I'm using, read on!

CURRENT KIT (as seen above)

HP Pavilion G6 Laptop
Kindle HDX Tablet
Canon 50mm Lens
SanDisk 16GB Memory Card
Canon Battery Pack
Tamron 70-300mm Lens
Canon EOS 600d Camera with Canon 18-55mm Lens

   The Canon 600d is my current weapon of choice. It shoots 1080p video (great for filming beauty and fashion videos for my YouTube channel) and 18 megapixel stills; however, my favourite feature, and one which has come in handy more times than I can count, is the swivel screen. This makes it so much easier to take shots at tricky angles, and it really helps when filming, as I'm able to see what I'm doing.

   It's not a professional camera, but it does its job really well. I'm hoping to upgrade in the next year or so to a more professional grade of Canon DSLR.

    When aiming for a great shot, half of the outcome lies in the lenses you use. Below are the three lenses which I most rely on:

- Canon 18-55mm (left) - used for taking flatlays and product shots. This lens comes with the camera, but it's incredibly useful because of its wide focal range.

- Tamron 70-300mm (middle) - used for nature shots. This is my least used lens, as I tend to only take nature shots when I'm on holiday, but it's great for capturing close-ups of subjects that are really far away. When using this lens, I recommend connecting it to a tripod as it's pretty heavy and can make your hands shake.

- Canon 50mm (right) - used for outfit shots and taking video. This is great for playing with light to create bokeh, or creating blurred backgrounds to make your subject matter stand out more. It has a fixed focal length, which means you have to move around more as you can't zoom in or out. It's also really light and easy to store when you're not using the camera. Plus, it's super cheap (I got mine for around £80 from Amazon).

    I can never have enough memory cards. This one above is a SanDisk 16GB, which I bought for filming YouTube videos; however, I didn't know that I needed a higher class of SD card in order to keep up with the high bit rate of video. Because of this little mistake, I had to start recording in a smaller file size. This SD card is a class four, but I recommend getting a class six or higher, or a card with a higher write speed (i.e. 45MB/s).


Multiple batteries - there's nothing more heartbreaking when you've just hit magic hour and you run out of juice

A sturdy camera strap - you don't want your pride and joy slipping out of your hands

Tripod - I mentioned this earlier when talking about my Tamron 70-300mm lens, but really it's great for use with any lens, especially in low lighting

Remote control - not just for taking selfies; this accessory is a real help when you're taking group shots, or when you need to keep the camera really still and can't press the shutter release (i.e taking night shots)

Studio lighting - if you're getting serious with your YouTube channel and would like to enhance the lighting in your videos, buy a softbox kit - they're pretty affordable (around £50) and usually come in sets of two. Similarly, these are great for home studio photography (however, I always prefer natural lighting).


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