As a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) business owner, while trying to take picture or video of your work or process of your work, it is essential you use the right gadget (camera), though they might be quite expensive, but they are very essential. At the beginning, you might want to start with your phone, but as you proceed, you will need to get this(ese) gadget(s) as well. You can read below and check out some of essential gadgets and some important function of the gadget.
Gears needed to start photography
The following are important gears you need for photography:
• Camera is oNe gear most people think they don’t need
It is preferable you use a dedicated camera rather than using a phone. When getting the camera, buy one that uses interchangeable lenses (i.e., you can remove the lens and fix another lens) so you can try out different types of photography easily. When buying a camera,read reviews but don’t get obsessed over the reviews, find a good deal and move on.
Lenses are very important in photography as they determine what kind of pictures you can capture. There are varieties of lenses, and it depends on the kind of product you want to sell. For an everyday kind of product, you can start with a standard zoom lens like a 24 – 70 mm or 18 – 55 mm. You should buy a telephoto lens if your products deal with things relating to sport. For products that want to be set out or unique, they can use a non-zoom lens like a 35 mm or 55 mm lens.
• Post-processing software
After capturing the picture, you will need to edit the picture regardless on what kind of product you are selling. At the beginning you might want to use the software on your system or the one that came alongside with your camera; but as you continue you might need to buy better software like Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop. Most of the subscription to this software is quite cheap. Whatever software you pick, you will need to learn on how to use them effectively.
Everything listed below is optional, but very helpful:
1. A tripod: This is a landscape photographer’s best friend; it helps with keeping the camera stable as you capture your pictures.
2. Bags: A bag will be very needful, different bags go for different occasion. This will help in storing your camera and keeping safe from harm’s way. A shoulder bag or a hiking back pack is like the favorite to use.
3. Memory cards: These are used as storage devices for the pictures captured. When choosing a memory card, choose between a 64 – 128 GB and get a fast card if you plan on shooting burst pictures.
4. Extra batteries: Get at least one battery for a start.
5. Polarizing filter: Landscape photographers need this one more. When going for one, don’t buy a cheap one as they end up harming your pictures.
6. Flash: Flashes can be expensive, but are indispensable for genres like portrait photography or macro photography.
7. Ringlight: Typically, a ring light is an easy-to-use multipurpose lighting tool that enables users to obtain a source of uniform light that comes directly from the point of view of their cameras. This lighting device is usually made from a single circular fluorescent bulb or several connected small LED lights that form the shape of a circle.
8. Props: Props are items used while presenting items for sale to beautify as well as add a it of creativity to the whole settings.
9. Other equipment: There are numerous photography accessories available, you might not need them at the beginning, but as you go on, you will realize the one(s) you need and begin to get them. Examples includes GPS attachments, printers etc.
The Three Fundamental Camera Settings You Should Know
The camera has different buttons and menu options and are used for different purposes. Some of these options once set, might need not to be set again for a long period of time. There are handful of settings you change frequently. The most important of them all are listed below as they control a lot of things that happen to the picture you want to capture. They are;
1. Shutter speed: The amount of time your camera sensor is exposed to the outside world while taking a picture.
2. Aperture: Represents a “pupil” in your lens that can open and close to let in different amounts of light.
3. ISO: Technically a bit more complex behind the scenes, but similar to the sensitivity of film for taking pictures in different lighting conditions. Also similar to brightening or darkening a photo in post-processing.