My ‘main’ camera – Canon EOS 6D
This is the camera I’ve been shooting with for the past 4 months. I was so incredibly lucky that my parents loaned me the money for this camera after buying my previous camera for me. I thought long and hard about what the right upgrade was for me and I am absolutely in love with this camera still. I never look at pixels (although this one is 20 megapixels) as to me that doesn’t really matter – that is more about having photos enlarged – less about image quality. This is a full frame camera, super tough, feels sturdy, GPS (so can record your location – great for traveling), built in Wifi and full HD video (something I required within a camera). If you want to see a few photos taken with this camera then check out a few of my most recent posts such as this one or this one.
Back up camera – Canon EOS 550D
I first started university with a Canon EOS 450D. I then upgraded half way through the year (thanks to my parents and Christmas) to a 550D. I shot with this camera right up until 4 months ago and instead of upgrading it, I decided to focus more on lenses (as you’ll be able to see when you scroll further down). This camera eventually just wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do and I needed something with higher image quality. The 450D or 550D is great for someone that has perhaps decided they want to pursue photography as a sideline hobby. You can see posts I’ve used this camera here, here and here.
Camera bag/case – photosel
Andrew’s mum bought me this case as a gift and I’m very grateful because it’s SO incredibly handy. You can find it on amazon and it’s only £83 – definitely worth it as I found lugging a bag around wasn’t enough. This has super handy little compartments and it’s easy for moving about when at a wedding or event. It’s also hand luggage size so we can it onboard any flights as Andrew’s hand luggage.
Canon film camera – EOS 300
I always take this as a back up back up camera because you just really never know do you? I worry that if both cameras decided they didn’t want to work and I was photographing a wedding – at least I’d have something! I also love shooting film purely for how beautiful the image comes out. They come out incredibly vintage looking yet full of quality and life. I also love the suspense of getting them developed and not being able to delete them from your computer screen. When I get my film photos developed I only ever get them developed onto a disc so I can put them straight onto my computer.
Zoom and macro lens – 18-300mm
This was one of my first secondary lenses. It’s great as you can stand incredibly far back and then zoom right in on a subject without loosing ANY quality. I loved this lens when I first got it. Overtime I stopped using it as I fell in love with different lenses but over the past month I’ve started using it again. It’s especially great for weddings.
Wide angle – 10-22mm
I looooove this lens. It’s a bit on the expensive side but oh my is it worth it. I basically bought this lens because I really wanted to be able to take selfies. I know it’s a lot of money just to take a few selfies but all my other lenses are a little zoomed in and so if I attempt to take a selfie then it’s a super close up and nobody wants to see that! I’ve got some brilliant photos with this lens of me, Andrew and Daisy (which is exactly why I wanted it!) It’s good for traveling as it gets SO much in the frame!
The lens I use pretty much ALL the time – 50mm 1.4
Okay so this may be a little bit of an expensive one but I promise you it’s worth EVERY PENNY. This lens retails at approximately £500. My amazing boyfriend bought me this lens for my birthday and christmas present last year. (I know.. I’m extremely lucky). But it barely even leaves my camera body and 90% of the time I am shooting with it. It’s great on a full frame camera as you can get so much in the frame. If you shoot 50mm on a cropped camera then you may find you have to stand quite far back. This lens has a really low f stop which means that you can achieve a ‘blurred bokeh’ style background when turning it right down. This lens is the upgrade from a 50mm 1.8 which I will talk about in a moment.
My first ever additional lens – 50mm 1.8
This is an extremely affordable lens – retailing at around about £100. It’ll give you that blurred background effect that everyone seems to love! I can’t remember who told me about this lens but I remember purchasing it and thinking “Oh my goodness. I am in love” It was a lens that really helped me develop my photography and one that inspired me to find my own style. I put this lens on my camera the other day and it bought back lots of memories! It’s one where you will probably have to stand a little further back as it’s zoomed in slightly, but if you’re starting out in photography then i really recommend this lens. It’s also incredibly lightweight.
Accessories & more
Microphone – for canon EOS cameras – I bought this as I really enjoy video. Myself and Andrew recently started doing weddings together and filming/photographing them. This microphone retails at around £20 and is a complete bargain.
Euro plug adaptors – these are really hand to keep inside my bag as we travel a lot. It means they are always there and at hand when we need to charge any of our camera equipment.
Hard drive - Seagate Dashboard – This Seagate Dashboard hard drive is my favourite. I have a few but this one is a terabyte and super speedy.
Wacom tablet – I use this sometimes for editing. I find that a lot of the time when I’m working I don’t sit at my desk and so therefore haven’t used it that much recently. But when I’m at my desk I find it really handy.
Gorilla pod – I love this! This is a handy little tripod that’ll cling to anything if you twist it the right way! We take this everywhere and it always comes in incredibly useful. We also take a normal tripod (just a basic one from Amazon) but we definitely use the gorilla pod more.
Spare battery packs and SD cards (plus chargers) – This is a must have when working. I will always carry around spare battery packs as you never know when your battery is going to run out. With SD cards I tend to have 3 or 4.
Go pro Hero + – I love my GoPro Hero! We use this ALL the time when filming abroad as it is waterproof and so incredibly sturdy. We also have a case full of accessories for it so we can clip it onto pretty much anything!
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