The holidays are quickly approaching, along with one of the most commonly asked questions: What do you want this year?
Let’s be honest, now that you have decided to leap into a photography business, the answer should be easy. So, what should be on your holiday wish list as a new photographer? Like the list from the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”, allow us to make some recommendations. A partridge in a pear tree is optional.
In photography, a lens is more important than the camera. All recent cameras produce decent image quality, while some provide extra features for professional shooting, they all do the same thing. They simply capture the image.
On the other hand, lenses change the way we photograph the world around us. Every lens has different characteristics, features, and fields of view. There are zoom lenses, prime lenses, super-telephoto lenses, even VR lenses. Which one to choose? Ultimately, it depends on the type of photography you are focusing on.
Here is our overview of camera lenses to help you decide.
Another item that should be on your wish list is a new camera. Those of you who already own an older DSLR camera might consider upgrading to a mirrorless camera with new advanced technologies and features.
Mirrorless cameras are the future of photography. The newest models from Canon, Sony, Nikon, and other camera brands provide new technologies, electronic view finders, silent shooting, blazing-fast autofocus systems with AI subject tracking, and many more features.
Which one is best for you? We have categorized them based on the price and sensor size, so you know which one fits your photography needs and budget.
A tripod is one of the essential tools for photographers! Choosing a good tripod is always a good investment because you will use it in many different scenarios, and it will help you take blurry-free images. So what are the main reasons to use a tripod?
Tripods come in different sizes and they are made of aluminum, carbon fiber, or stainless steel. The most expensive are the ones made out of carbon fiber (and they last longer). So if you want to invest in a good tripod, we recommend carbon fiber.
Lens filters are used for multiple purposes but mostly to block sunlight from entering your camera’s sensor on a bright sunny day. A lens filter determines the type of image you want to create. Below you will find the different types of filters you can choose from:
A good photographer has to know the basics of how to use a camera flash to light up their space and subject when the lighting is too dark. Photographers use two types of camera flashes, on-camera flash and off-camera flash.
The on-camera flash is a type of strobe light that connects directly with the camera - most provide unflattering lighting, so not recommended for professional photography. Off-camera flash is when the flash is positioned somewhere far away from the camera and needs a wireless flash trigger to work - speed lights are a great example.
A memory card is another essential tool for photographers. They determine how fast the data is written from the camera to the card, how quickly the images are displayed in-camera, and how fast they transfer from the memory card to your computer or another digital device.
Check your camera’s manual to identify which memory card is compatible with your specific camera model. Usually, an SDXC card is one of the fastest SD cards in the market. On the other hand, if you own a full frame camera, you might need to get the new XQD or CFExpress cards with a capacity of up to 2TB!
Don't miss adding a nice bag for your camera to your wish list. It is essential and the best way to protect your camera, lenses, and accessories. There are many different types of camera bags on the market. The most common are:
Sometimes you focus on buying new camera gear and how to better your photography skills but neglect that you are running a business and need to get clients!
Whatever the need is, asking for a course to support your business is like a gift that keeps on giving. Here are some favorite courses in this blog post.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of brand self-promotion during the holidays. But seriously...adding Picsello to your business is the BEST investment you (or your gift giver) can make. Picsello is a streamlined, all-in-one, easy-to-use, and management software that will help you organize your photos, keep track of your schedule, market and grow your business, and make you feel like the professional photographer you are.
We highly recommend this for a successful new year!
No matter what you add to your holiday wish list, make sure it improves both your skills and career. You’ve made a great choice in starting your own photography business, so now it’s time to ask for the tools to help make your business a success!