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Basic Equipment for Professional Photographers

This is a well written article outlining the bare minimum level and type of equipment you will need if you are considering becoming a professional photographer It doesn’t tell you what to buy in terms of brands but gives a good explanation of what you will need in the different types of professional photography you might want to undertake.

“Unfortunately, most of us work with a limited budget when it comes to purchasing photography gear. Once we consider taking our photography to the next level and going pro, having the right gear becomes even more important. Not only is it important to have the right gear to capture the shots, it is also important to have the right gear to present a professional appearance to our clients.

Let’s say you have what you consider to be the minimum amount of gear to begin your adventures into professional photography – a good camera, a couple of quality lenses, and good working knowledge of post-processing. From there, your wish list has grown to epic proportions and includes everything from a back-up camera body to studio lighting and lenses galore. So how do you know what you really need, and in what order do you prioritize your purchases?”Written by: ………more

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2 responses to “Basic Equipment for Professional Photographers

  1. Peter Bull March 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    The equipment and the quality of is a big consideration.But remember it can be done with limited equipment if you start with a branch of photography that is not so demanding.Check out your options but of course pick a budget and stick to it until you find it self funding

    • oxfordschoolofphotography March 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Hi Peter
      I think the article is saying that to offer a professional service there is probably a minimum level of equipment otherwise there is the chance you are short changing the client. Naturally if your plan is to be a sports photography or a wildlife photographer your equipment needs will be different to those required to be a family portrait photographer. But to sell you pictures you should be offering images of the best quality and as a professional have a back up in case of equipment failure. As with your last point I agree, going out and spending money on expensive equipment before you can justify the cost is not investment unless you work hard to gain clients to support the costs. Thank you for your contribution. K

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