In the last century, with the advent of technology and advances in materials, photography has become an art form that you can take anywhere with you. Today’s compact cameras have shrunk in size to the point where they are no longer bulky and inconvenient. While these advancements currently exist, there are still some fundamental pieces of equipment you will need if you want to create great photos.
A good camera is great, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle to taking good photos. You can’t take great photos without the right equipment. If you take photography lessons, learn manual photography, and invest in the right equipment, your photography skills will be on top.
Here are three essential equipment pieces for the modern photographer:
A TV camera, specifically, a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Although the most inexpensive DSLRs can cost as little as $400, for the serious amateur or professional photographer, it’s essential to invest in a high-end model of DSLR. A good DSLR will give the photographer a significant step up from even their best point-and-shoot camera by giving them more control over how they capture each shot.
While many different models of DSLR cameras are available, they all share some basic principles. These cameras have interchangeable lenses, which allow the photographer to be more creative with their shots by changing focal length and depth of field depending on the needs of each photo. The lens mount is also interchangeable between different manufacturers so that you can use lenses made by other companies if you want a particular focal length that isn’t available in your brand’s lens selection.
When you’re shooting outdoors, there’s nothing more valuable than a sturdy tripod. It helps you stay perfectly still for long exposures, which means you can use a larger aperture, and lower f/number without blurring the shot from the camera shake. Knowing what aperture to use is the difference between a soft-focused image in which everything’s all dreamy and a crisp image with a shallow depth of field that draws your attention to one part of the picture.
The most common lens you’ll find on a “proper” camera is a 35mm or 50mm prime with an f/1.8 aperture, which is great for taking portraits but terrible when it comes to shooting landscapes without suffering from severe lens distortion. The latter can ruin your photos before they even come out of the camera. By definition, lens distortion is a change in image quality due to optical flaws in a camera’s lens; while most lenses are free from this problem, it’s something that photographers should be aware of every time they shoot.In order to get a wider view without compromising image quality, try picking up a wide-angle lens that’s at least 15mm (24mm equivalent) with an f/2.0 aperture.
Finally, there are various essential equipment pieces for the modern photographer. There are lenses, TV cameras, tripods, remote triggers, and more. These items will open up a world of creativity and give you better results in no time.