Products needed for photography

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  1. KasparP

    KasparP TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking to get deeply into photography after the New Year, so I'm looking for some necessary accessories/products needed to help me make the best photos I can.

    Stuff like editing software(photoshop I assume?)

    What about accessories for the camera?

    Calibration Software for my monitor?

    Other stuff I dont even know about?

    Thanks guys!
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is too open a question to give you an answer for - we need some specifics to narrow things down.

    1) Budget - just how much do you have to spend on all this gear - this is a key consideration as there ar many different setups some aimed at higher budgets than others

    2) What are you taking photos of? Right after budget comes this - what are you taking photos of? Different subjects and different environments call for very different setups of gear

    3) What experience do you have - I am guessing little at present. Its not a bad thing but it will affect what you should go for at the start a little. Often its best to stagger new hobbies as you get into them otherwise you are going to swamp yourself with new stuff that you won't be able to use well.

    4) What gear do you have at present?
     
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    KasparP TPF Noob!

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    Sorry about that.

    My question is kinda a mix. I'm just interested in know what stuff is nessacassray. I was thinking like a filter, lens cleaning solutions,ect.

    I guess what Im trying to say is what should I purchase first to make my photos better. Lets say, under 100 dollars?

    Software not included in that 100.

    Thanks!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What do you like to shoot?
    What camera/lenses do you have?
    What accessories do you have already?
    etc. etc.
     
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    KasparP TPF Noob!

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    I'm into nature, some family photos, just a general all around type of stuff. I shoot with a D60 and a 35mm 1.8. Honestly, I just started out and all I have is a carrying case.

    Thanks for trying to help me out
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I do not think you can buy stuff to make your photos better.

    Instead, find out why your photos is not as good as your think and make improvement in that area.

    Of course improvement may mean buying addition equipments, but it could be somethings else.

    For example:
    Let say your macro shots of insects were always a disaster. The bugs were not big enough to show details, and it often show some motion blur. You want to improve your insect macro shots, then you may need a better equipment or more equipment to help. At the same time, you may need to learn some macro shot taking techniques.

    So in order to make your photos better, you need to understand why they are not as good.
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The best thing to get is knowledge..books, courses,...

    Adobe Lightroom for most photo needs
    Adobe Photoshop for heavier fixing
    Adobe PS Elements - same as photoshop, less features, more user friendly

    Camera
    Quality lenses
    Extra battery for the camera
    Battery / Vertical grip for the camera

    Tripod (Manfrotto is a trusted brand)
    Tripod head
    Monopod (practicle for sports shooter with longer lens)

    Tripod bag
    Camera bag (if you are like most photographers, more than just 1)

    Hotshoe flash (ex 430EX, SB-600,...) ... might be multiple if doing portraits and for portable studio
    Radio transmitters if you want off camera flash
    Portable light stands
    Softboxes / umbrellas
    Gary Fong or StoFen style diffuser for top of hotshoe flash
    Extra batteries for flashes, rechargable 2400 mah or more
    Good recharger for batteries

    Lens hoods
    UV filters for all lenses (some photogs use none, others always use them)
    Circular Polarizer (CPL) filter for lenses (a must for landscape work)
    Various colour filters, gradient filters and so on for landscape work. See Cokin and their filter system as an example

    Lots of memory cards. I prefer 2x 8GB over 1x 16GB
    External portable memory to backup cards when in the field. I use a netbook for this
    External memory to backup the photos when at home

    Good camera strap (not essential, but could be nice) such as BlackRapid or Optech
    Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blower
     
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    KasparP TPF Noob!

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    Perfect post! Thank you so much!

    I don't think I'll need more than 1 bag just yet. I only have two lenses haha. Thanks alot though!

    So essentially, what should I buy first for like under 50 dollars? Maybe some filters?
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    I'm from the "UV filters for lens protection are a huge waste of money", school. That's what lens caps and hoods provide the protective function with minimal added problems.

    You'd be hard pressed to find a good CPL filter for $50.00 let alone a selection of ND and GND filters. Look at B+W brand filters. Hoya makes some good one but they also make some junk so be careful. Don't cheap out on your gear, because it will cost you in decreased image quality and crap resale value after spending the money to upgrade later.

    Like Bigtwinky suggested photographic knowledge is the first goal, equipment is secondary. To paraphrase an old saying; it's not the camera and equipment that counts, it's the skill and vision of the photographer that counts.

    Books for a basic photographic library, if you don't already have them:

    Understanding Exposure,
    Learning To See Creatively,
    and Beyond Portraiture by Bryan Peterson.

    Light: Science and Magic. An Introduction To Photographic Lighting by Hunter, Biver, and Faqua.

    For learning the elements of photographic composition see:
    The Photographers Eye by Michael Freeman

    Then when you get image editing software you need a book or 2 on how to use it. Scott Kelby is the #1 Adobe Photoshop/Elements author though I also like Phillip Andrews, Tim Grey, and Martin Evening.
     
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    KasparP TPF Noob!

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    Thanks, I have the whole Adobe Suite already and have been using photoshop for over 8 years. I know my way around it like the back of my hand.

    Any other suggestions? I'm in highschool so I dont need books since Im taking classes, I just need equipment. Just general equipment..
     
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    If your taking lessons talk to your teachers and get some advice from them and consider saving that amount you have so that you can afford some really good gear.

    I'm thinking of things like 300mm or longer prime lenses or maybe superzooms like the 100-400mm; dedicated macro lenses; zooms and the like

    A lot of the cheaper items you appear to be (lusting?) after like filters might be cheap, but they are cheap because they are not really that good and in the long term its gear that you will quickly grow out of (if you take things further).
    bigtwinky has already listed many of the items people use - but you have ot refine your wants more than just "general equipment"
     
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    KasparP TPF Noob!

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    I just dished got the 35mm so I wont be buying a new lens for a while. I have no steady income(I'm 16)

    I was thinking maybe buying a remote and batterys?
     

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