The Photography Gear You Need to Start a Business
Alright, let's talk about some fun photography stuff. We actually want to talk about, what gear do you need to start your business now, you don't need the most expensive, most up to date gear to get going eventually. You may want that if it's your personal preference, but you really just need some basic stuff to start your business with photography. So let's talk about different gear packages you may want based on different styles of photography. First off, let's talk about wedding photography Now for wedding photography kind of depends on your style, but all you really need to really just a base starting level is one camera, a medium range lens and a flash. Now you can get away with a lot with a small wedding with just that sort of package. Um, I like to have dual cameras and I have to like to have a long lens, like a 70-200 type of lens And a medium wide range Zoom lens, something like the 24-70 sort of hero lens. Now, usually I do that because I like stepping back at weddings and ha...
ving a really long lens and not being in the way. But then when you do big formal photos, you want to be able to get wide enough to do those. Um, so that's kind of the next level. Now, full wedding package would be two cameras, portrait lens, dual flashes, long lens, medium lens, Maybe a really fast light lens, like a 1.2 or 1.8 to do at night during the dances. But again, you could really get away with shooting a wedding event with a medium range, even a kit lens, it may just be a little harder than getting all the other gear. We'll talk more about this in the case study and I'll show you some examples of some stuff portrait photography. You really realize this is like the base stuff that you need would just be a portrait lens, something like a 50 millimeter and 85 millimeter, maybe even just a 35 millimeter something that's really nice to shoot portraits and headshots. Now I use an 85 millimeter to shoot my portraits in my head shots and that's all I use. I literally use one lens to shoot head shots and that has served me really well. And those are not super expensive to get very basic stuff. Headshots, headshots a little different than portraits, portraits you can kind of do in the dark and do with really cool, interesting light. Head shots are very all evenly lit. So you may need some sort of source of light now that could come free like natural light, like a big giant window if you're renting a studio or you can have a flash with a diffusion or you can have video light setups but typically you can just use nice big natural light and a lens in a camera again back to the 85 back to the nice 50 back to the portrait lens for your headshots. Events. Now events are very similar to weddings, a little less formal, less setup shots, it's really just kind of just running around grabbing stuff and again, you can get away with a medium to long range zoom and a camera, something like a 24-70, I've done a full event on. Um, but again, something like that helps to have two cameras or it helps to have a long lens, like a 70, And a wide lens, like a 24-70, even wider if you're doing like a big corporate shot. Um, so it really kind of depends on your event, but you don't need to spend a lot of money. All you have is like a medium range zoom and that's all you got. You can achieve that and then you just keep putting that money back in your company to eventually get the nicer lens and maybe that second camera In the case study, we'll be looking specifically at what I'm using right now currently, which has changed over time over the last 10-15 years. We're gonna take a look at what I take out on a wedding event shoot and we're gonna take a look at what I would take out on my headshot portrait session