Mainly because it breaks the photographer’s back.
Here is part of what I am bringing to a multiple corporate headshots session tomorrow:
This kit consists of:
- One backdrop
- Two rolls of backdrop paper, grey and white
- One two-monolight set with three stands and two umbrellas
- Two more monolights
- Four lightstands with umbrellas for speedlites
- Camera kit (lenses, a Canon 1Ds MkIII, etc)
- Lighting kit with four speedlites, five Pocketwizards, modifiers, and much more.
- a 60×80 softbox
- a Canon 7D camera
- a muslin backdrop
- a stool for the subject to sit on.
I am now going to bed early, so that I can build strength!
The serious point, of course, is that when a photographer visits with a portable setup, he really carries with him a full studio and everything that includes.
As an amateur photographer, unless I win the Lotto Max, It will be a while before I have a portable studio. My question is when you where starting as a photographer, what equipment would you advise someone to start out with? Keep in mind I have a camera and your fav. lens 50mm F1.8 Lens. I look forward to hear your reply.
That depends entirely on what types of photography you are interested in.
So yes it does, but there’s certain constants.
I would say: a flash, if you ever shoot indoors or if you ever shoot outdoors when it is sunny.
I would say: lenses appropriate to your subjects. E.g. for car races, long, “fast” lenses are best. For tourism, consider starting with a wide-angle lens (10-22 mm). For flower image, start with a macro (close-up) lens.
Then I would take stock and decide on the next steps.
As non-pro student of Michael’s, I had asked the same question about a year ago and slowly built my gear up to a level where I’m pretty comfortable that I can cover most of the scenarios I am faced with in my amateur photography.
I have a Canon XTi with the 50mm 1.8, a Sigma 18-200 3.5-6.3 which covers a huge range reasonably well, a Sigma 10-20 3.5 that I have found surprisingly useful in all sorts of situations (takes great shots!) and a 430EX speedlight flash. All told, with a handy backpack to carry it all, an investment of about $2500 for a pretty complete amateur kit.
I’m always excited to show off the pics I have snagged with these tools so feel free to head over to http://TheCrimeTraveller.com and you can see a broad selection.
Thanks to everyone for their comments. Nice shots Ed.
As I am new to photography, I replaced my old Canon with SX10IS. That was in March I found my self buying a Canon Rebel in July along with the kit lens I bought 50mm 1.8. I think my next lens I want is a wide angle. Since then I now have 55-200mm 4-5.6 and 430EX II Flash. I would like to try portrait photograph, At this point I am really enjoying concert & band photography.
A question I have now is, what equipment do/did you start with first when building your studio?