As a new photographer, it can be hard to decide what it is that you need to be successful and what is really worth spending your money on. As a professional portrait photographer, I've made a list of the 10 things I couldn't imagine going without to give you a little insight.
1. Mac Book
When it comes to being creative and working with the Adobe software I couldn't imagine working on anything but a Mac. This doesn't mean you need the biggest and best Mac and to spend an enormous amount of money, as there are many options such as the Mac Book Air. However, that being said, if you are going to be working with large files and powerful software make sure you have enough RAM to handle it.
2. Wacom Tablet
A Wacom tablet can be hard to get used to and you will go through a bit of a learning curve, but if you can wrap your head around it you can have a lot more finesse and control over your photo editing.
3. 24-70mm Lens
As a portrait photographer, my all time favourite lens to shoot with is a 2.8 24-70mm lens. This is a great lens to use for family photography and gives you a great variety of focal lengths.
4. Sprout Studio
Sprout Studio is a great system to be able to keep track of everything you need when it comes to running a photography business. From receiving emails, booking in clients, organising galleries and more it will save you so much time and energy.
LightRoom is great for new photographers as it is easy to learn and it is also super efficient for editing large batches of photos. By using the sync option it can accelerate your workflow and save you time.
6. Fast Fire Body Strap
I adore the Fast Fire body strap as it elevates all of the strain from your neck and helps share the burden across your whole body. After a long day of shooting, you will be thankful!
7. Camera Rain Coat
Having a rain coat that can protect your camera from the elements can be so important. It can give you the freedom to shoot no matter the weather and you can breathe easy knowing that your gear is safe.
8. Camera Backpack
A solid camera backpack is important as it helps protect your gear, as well as makes your life easier when making trips or commuting. Spending money on a high-quality bag is well worth it.
9. Large Calendar
Having a large planner or calendar that you can use to keep track of your daily and work life that you can help you keep a clear mental picture of your schedule and take off the stress of trying to remember shooting dates etc. Keeping organised is so important for dealing with stress and a busy lifestyle.
10. Portable Step Stool
A collapsible step stool is a must for me when shooting as it helps me get different perspectives as well as when I have taller clients. You never know when it will be useful.
There you have it, 10 Things I Couldn't Live Without as a Photographer