Hey friends, it’s been awhile since we’ve put out a new blog post and with the new year beginning we thought we’d share our tried and true list of photography must haves! Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the business of photography or have been at it for awhile, keep reading! You may just learn a thing or two you’ve never learnt before! 😉
A reflector is great for redirecting light, use it to cast even lighting onto a dark area of your subject or scene. We love using them for flat lays, in a dim studio or in direct sun situations where dark shadows are cast on the subject. The best part about this lovely little piece of equipment is it requires no batteries and is super easy to pack + have on the go!
A reliable external hard drive is an absolute MUST for backing up new galleries that you’re currently editing, storing raw galleries, as well as fully edited galleries of past clients. You’d be surprised by the amount of clients that will pop into your inbox a year or two later having lost their photos due to technical mishaps or various other reasons. KEEP EVERYTHING!
Always, always carry extra camera batteries (ideally two) and SD cards (the more the better.) Technology is far from perfect, at the best of times most of us have experienced a freak incident when it comes to batteries, SD cards or the camera itself, and when shooting in super hot or cold weather your batteries will have an even harder time performing well. Always prepare yourself for the worst possible scenario!
This may be the most basic item on our list but you’ll quickly find it’s pretty necessary! Fragments such as dust on a windy day, raindrops, snow or hair spray (wedding photogs, ya feel?) can have major effects on the final outcome of your photos. Always have a microfibre cloth on hand to keep your lens clear in any situation and your photos looking sharp.
A grey card tells your camera what neutral looks like so that the colour tones of your photo are correct. No more wondering if your image is too yellow (or is it too green?!) or too blue during post processing. The most convenient way to use a grey card is to take a single photo with the grey card in the lighting conditions you’ll be shooting in. Then when editing, use the white balance dropper tool and select the grey card in said photo to automatically correct colouring. Select all the photos taken in similar lighting conditions and hit sync, check white balance only to apply the correction to all your photos. This is super helpful for shooting large events indoors where lighting is often less than ideal, it’ll provide truer colour and skin tones.
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