Found this great and short movie on a feature in Lightroom many have missed. Check it out!
Is there such a thing as a basic or default photography kit? Today, we have access to amazing technology and gear to help us in our photography and the vast range of choice can be a challenge.
The market tries to tell us that we need specialist equipment for everything and that even as an amateur you must spend big money to get a shoot that is good. I thought I should share with you a setup you can use for next to everything you photograph today and most that you will photograph in the future.
The default kit is built of thee pieces.
A camera body, a short range zoom and a long range zoom. For me personally the kit is a Nikon 7100, a Sigma 17-55 (f/2.8 EX DC HSM) and a Tamron 70-200 (f/2.8 Di VC USD). If you are instead using a full frame camera body the kit would be a 24-70 and a 70-200.
Using this kit I can do what ever I want and by using a limit on gear and force me to use these I evolve more as a photographer than I would if I must learn a new lens and a new camera body for every new task and location.
The 17-55 is a great range for traveling, bring to parties and events, shoot nature locations, taking photographs of the kids or just have as an default lens on the body. If I am going to look for animals, portraits or sports I instead can bring my 70-200. The long reach of 200mm on my crop sensor D7100 is good enough to get great shoots, to fill frames and to blow out backgrounds.
Buy a default kit if you do not already have it and spend rest of money on surrounding tools as tripod, good cloths and shoes to walk in or a new camera bag.
So, if you are thinking of getting something new for the upcoming holidays there you have my recommendations. A good basic setup that will last for a long time and do wonders both for your end result but most important for your own development as a photographer!
Perhaps you just bought your first camera or you are taking pictures with your smart phone. Regardless how you got into photography, here are some tips to get you going.
The zoo is a great place both to explore animals and locations but also where you can practice your photography skills. To maximize your visit there however you can plan out ahead on what you should do there and what to bring. Read on to find out more!
This is a tutorial on how you can create text with a photo or illustration as the background. It can also be used to empower the message of a photo with a message. I use GIMP 2.8.4 for Mac but it will work just as good with an older version of the software on Windows or Mac. The effect takes just a few minutes and the result can be used for many different results.