A photographer is only as good as his gear. Though it is true that the six inches behind the camera is more important, good gear makes it easier to do certain things. If you are a professional photographer someone whose bread and butter depends on the quality of work that s/he is able to produce, nothing but the best will do. For all levels of users we have a series of photo gear reviews which can help you decide.
Photography gear is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of equipment and tools ranging from cameras to lights, to diffusers, to stands, filters, bags and of course lenses. Even then the list you just read is not all encompassing. There are countless other tools that form part of an average professional photographer’s gear.
As a beginner photographer you will probably need three to five different types of gear. A lens, a filter, a light, a camera bag and of course a camera. At PhotoWorkout we help our readers find the best camera gear that they need based on their photography pursuits and budget.
Cameras are either film-based or sensor based. The last couple of decades have seen film cameras by and large sidelined in favor of digital cameras. Digital cameras truly are the ruling class of cameras in the modern day.
Digital cameras come in all shapes, sizes and underlying technologies. It is a fascinating time to pick up a camera and begin your journey in photography. There are simply too many choices. That can be a good thing as well as a bad thing depending on how you look at things.
A good thing because you have more choices to pick from. It is also a bad thing because you can easily get lost in the myriad of choices in front of you. But don’t worry, we are here to help. We have a series of content which are geared towards beginner and amateur photographers like yourself. We have looked at several camera systems, makes, models and technologies and have listed them according to their applications and best use scenarios.
And it is not just buying new cameras that we provide you assistance with. Are you looking for help with buying a second hand DSLR camera? Our comprehensive guide on buying second hand DSLR camera will help you pick the best choice. Maybe you are interested in shooting the best HDR shots and need the best camera that is capable of producing such images. For that you need to check out our review of the best cameras to take stunning HDR photographs.
Lenses are the single most important tool beyond the camera. Lenses capture light and then transmit them towards the sensor. Poor quality lenses are likely going to degrade the quality of images just as easily as a poor quality camera probably even more than an average quality camera. So, it is imperative that you buy them with extra care, choosing only the very best that you can afford. No wonder we have a number of photo gear reviews that are catered towards understanding and buying camera lenses.
If you were given a choice between buying an average camera and excellent lens and an average lens and an excellent camera, opt for the first combination. Any camera will shoot great images, but if the lens is of poor quality, even the best of cameras will struggle to produce half-decent images.
Now, there are lenses for different shooting situations. No two lens has the same profile. Though there are lenses which pretend to do it all, it’s hardly with any sort of conviction. Lenses like the 18-55mm, or the 18-200mm are very popular because they have a large focal length range, especially the 18-200mm. In reality these lenses are general purpose lenses.
You could buy a general purpose lens such as these, and never have to take it off your camera. But that would be like buying a convection microwave and using it only to warm food. Your DSLR is a versatile tool and in order to make full use of its potential you need to buy additional special purpose lenses. Not that you have to but ideally you should.
What are special purpose lenses? These are lenses designed with a specific shooting situation in mind. Such as when you are shooting flowers or landscape or architecture you need special purpose lenses. General purpose lenses will not give you the desired results.
So, we list some of the best Canon landscape lenses here. Flower photography enthusiasts as well as those having an interest in shooting creepy crawlies, here are the 10 macro lenses (for Nikon) worth your money.
DSLR cameras are seldom bought for shooting stills only. At least not anymore. They are also used for shooting videos. So, every time you hit the beach or have a party at home out comes the DSLR and it becomes the preferred tool for high quality videos. So, it is imperative that you have the right lens for shooting videos.
Beginner photographers, we haven’t forgotten you. You can check out the lenses every beginner photographer should own right here. This has an interesting mix of some of the best lenses that you can start your photography career with.
Lights, both continuous lights a well as strobes are very important for the purpose of photography. Most amateurs and beginners only ever shoot in natural light or use the built-in flash on their camera to expose for a scene when shooting in dark conditions. But there are other more powerful options, namely, speedlights and strobes as well as continuous lights. These are the choice of professionals.
Professionals use external lights because they produce consistent results over a long period of time. Daylight on the other hand, changes color temperature over the course of the day. These lights can be positioned as per the requirements of the shot which gives you an added advantage.
There are thousands of different accessories that you can use to improve your photography. It is unlikely that any of you will ever end up using all. Most will only use a few. Many of these tools are designed for a very specific photographic application.
A portable photo printer for example or a travel tripod. Which means these tools are only ever going to be used by photographers pursuing a very specific genre of photography. Nevertheless, these tools are just as important, but in the right hands. We have covered some of them in our photo gear reviews and will continue to bring in more quality reviews that will cover the rest.
So, if you are looking to know more about tele-converters this is a must-read. Then again, if you are unsure about photographic backdrops and are looking for some ideas in that area you can read what makes photography backdrops great?