Basic Equipment for Being a Professional Photographer

If being a professional photographer is your dream, you will likely want to set up your own studio. To do so, you will some high-quality equipment. You will want a location that has the right sort of lighting and allows you to use your best camera skills. If it’s possible for you to arrange a space in your home, that can easily be done as well.

The first major budget concern is if you decide to set up your studio outside of your home. Which may be best if you’re planning to have your clients come to you. If you do decide to do that, start working with lenders as soon as possible.

The thought of spending money on a new kit can be scary. However, some are cheaper than others, so it is entirely up to you to make that budget. Assuming that you are looking to save money, a home kit is usually the best equipment to start with. The only thing that is often difficult is figuring what piece does what so here’s a basic professional photo studio equipment list:

-Flash heads. They are the lights that come in pairs because they are there to help mark the difference between the lighting and the shadows. They are fired through a cord called the PC in the moment between the flash and the camera. In the digital age, it’s a wireless and infrared transmitter on a horseshoe that’s often used because they don’t need the PC cord. As a result, the wireless is much less restrictive.

-Camera bag. When you travel or go out into the elements, you want to make sure that your camera is protected from damage and breakage.

-Tripod. That’s the equipment with three legs that you can mount your camera on to make it as steady as possible.

Extra lenses. These are handy not just for replacement but also to help you get different angles and images of your subject.

-Props and backdrops. Depending on what your niche is, you will need to create the right feel for that environment. If weddings are at least one of your niches, for example, you’ll have your work cut out for you as most take place in a church chapel, outdoor garden or park, or a backyard. However, you will probably want to see where the reception’s going to be to get a good feel for the lighting there. If pets are your thing, however, you will probably want to arrange for a set up to make the animals as comfortable as possible.

Basic setup list before your model arrives:

-Shutter speed at 1/125 second at f8 is usually ideal. It reduces the appearance of the camera shake and the subject blurring as a result. It also prevents too much light exposure. Also know your x-sync’s limit. If you try to set your speed beyond that, you’ll likely get something like black band across the photograph.

-Work at the lowest ISO setting possible. This allows for maximum quality and helps the flash preset’s to probably use its white balance.