Having the right equipment for the job

Canon 70D

Many people, including myself, will often tell you that the best camera is the one you have with you. While that statement is true, when it comes to commercial photography, having the right equipment for the job you’re doing is crucial. You wouldn’t take real estate photos with a telephoto lens and you wouldn’t want an ultra wide angle to do portraiture. Gear is important to the work I do and so if you’re curious of the type of equipment I use, look no further!

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Camera – Canon 70D

I’ve been using the Canon 70D for a few years now and I have to say I love it. While it isn’t a full frame camera it is very versatile and when combined with professional lenses it produces beautiful images. Canon 70D

Lenses

Having a professional, high quality lens can make a huge difference to the final product. I’ve chosen a set of lenses that allow me a full range of options for every situation I may come across. From an 8mm ultra wide angle to a 300mm telephoto, each lens has its own role within my work.

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens

When it comes to architecture photography, having a very wide lens can make a huge difference. You don’t always have the option to move around to get a better angle and being able to get the whole room or building in the shot is important. This lens is my go to lens when it comes to my real estate and architecture work and this lens makes up the crop sensor of my camera.

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Large Aperture Lens

When an ultra wide lens it just too wide this lens takes over. This lens has a very wide aperture as well which makes it perfect for low light situations. It’s great for food, product and portrait photography.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD Telephoto Lens

Last on my list of lenses is this telephoto lens, which is great for photos of smaller products and food. It’s also good for some of my portraiture work and events where you need that extra reach.

Canon 70-300

Other equipment

A camera and lenses are the core of any photographer’s gear. But there’s a lot of other equipment that comes into play for any photo shoot. From lighting to reflectors and flash units it takes a wide array of equipment to get the perfect shot.

External flash units

Adding a pop of light to a portrait or accentuating the highlights on food or product photography, a flash is essential. I have several flash units that can be used both on camera and off to put the light exactly where it needs to be.

Canon Speedlight

Studio lighting

When I’m in the studio or when I’m on location in a place I can set it up, my studio lighting gives me the most control over the ambient lighting. This versatile system is perfect for products, food and portraiture but it’s also mobile enough that I use it in my real estate and architecture work.

studio lighting

Of course in addition to all of the above, there’s other gear like tripods, reflectors and flash modifiers, but this is the core gear I use on a regular basis to produce my work. I hope you enjoyed this look behind the scenes and if you ever have questions about photo gear don’t hesitate to ask, I’m always happy to talk about it.

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