Equipment for beginners??

Discussion in 'Canon Accessories' started by sm2012, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. sm2012

    sm2012 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    United States
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Hi, new to this site. I've had my DSLR for over a year, but am just now really starting to dig in, and became overwhelmed when I discovered the enormous amount of accessories/lenses there are!! What are your must-haves for a beginner doing portraits and B&W photography? I have a Canon Rebel T1i. My lenses include canon EFS IS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, 55-250mm EFS IS f/4-5.6, 50mm EF f/1.8, and 85 EF USM f/1.8mm. I have (for my 50mm lens) a lens hood and CPL & FLD filters. I also have a rubber lens hood and a tripod.


     
  2. Centropolis

    Centropolis TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2011
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    With the 85mm f/1.8, you already have something for portraits really. On the APS-C sensor....it's about 128mm so it's great for portraits. There are really no must-haves for doing B&W as compared to color but you'll need a software that will do color-conversion. I am pretty sure they range from free to really expensive.

    If for portraits, you're looking for lighting....well, I am not an expert on that so I will let others speak.
     
  3. Designer

    Designer Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Messages:
    17,814
    Likes Received:
    4,556
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Welcome! Yes, lighting is the next step.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    44,437
    Likes Received:
    14,022
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The only must-have is that you must have the knowledge to know what you need next. In other words, don't go looking for things to buy ('cause there's no end of those!), rather wait until you find something that you can't do, or at least can't do as well as you want to. I agree that if portraiture is a primary interest, lighting is definitely an area to consider, but it's a HUGE area with gear ranging from free to tens of thousands of dollars.

    What is it that you can't do at this point that you want to do, and is the reason you can't do it because you don't know how, or you've exceeded your gear's capabilities?
     
    • Like Like x 3
  5. robbins.photo

    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2013
    Messages:
    11,518
    Likes Received:
    4,786
    Location:
    Louisville, Nebraksa - United States
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yes.. yes.. please expand more on the "Free" end of the spectrum.. rotfl

    Seriously though, to the OP - tirediron pretty much nailed it on the head. Before you buy gear you should really understand what need it fulfills and at least the basics of how it works.
     
  6. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    44,437
    Likes Received:
    14,022
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Sure: Reflectors, the most basic tool in your light-modification tool-kit can be anything from a white t-shirt (it doesn't even have to be your own) to a piece of posterboard. A diffuser for your pop-up flash can make a huge difference in your image results. This can be anything from a piece of toilet-tissue to a small container from the kitchen Tupperware drawer. Work lights that most of us have in our garage can be used in a pinch for portrait lighting...
     
  7. DanielLewis76

    DanielLewis76 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    281
    Likes Received:
    61
    Location:
    Stratford Upon Avon
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Ring flashes are quite nice for portraits as they give a nice even light and good catchlights in the eyes. I cheated slightly by getting a Rayflash ring flash light modifier whig effectively goes over a normal hot shoe flash (in my case an SB-800).
     
  8. vintagesnaps

    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2013
    Messages:
    8,114
    Likes Received:
    2,485
    Location:
    US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If you don't know what you need to do portraits then you're not ready to do portraits yet. You'll figure out what equipment you need the more you learn and practice.

    Learn how to use your camera well and get to the point that you're so comfortable with using your camera it seems to come naturally. You'll need to be able to produce good quality photos on a consistent basis to be successful doing portraits or any work in photography.
     
  9. sm2012

    sm2012 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    United States
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I have seen flash rings in my search for lighting, would you recommend a ring over an external flash, such as a canon speedlite?? I can only buy one right now, so I need to make the most of my money :)
     
  10. wyogirl

    wyogirl Oh crop! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2013
    Messages:
    1,593
    Likes Received:
    611
    Location:
    South West Wyoming
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    nope... buy a speedlight and it doesn't have to be Canon. Yunogo makes very comparable speedlights for a fraction of the cost.
     
  11. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    44,817
    Likes Received:
    17,033
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    TO that end, I would suggest the next accessory is one of the MOST-useful ones: a large reflector that is white on one side, and black on the other, and perhaps a second, sheer white cloth cover. I prefer rectangular or square reflectors because they are MUCH, and in like 20x, easier to sit down,m or prop or lean, because the bottom edge is straight, not rounded!

    Hey....look http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/photography-equipment-products/204241-reflector-question.html
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. sm2012

    sm2012 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    United States
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit


    Well one of my limitations is lighting for portraits. I have tried the DIY lighting per youtube videos and it just isn't enough. I was able to move my backdrop so that I have a window in front, which produced good lighting for a shoot in addition to my DIY lights, but window light will not always be available. I am using daylight bulbs in the 5500K range with homemade diffusers. I have searched for lighting kits on ebay/amazon, but there are so many bulb options (45w, 65w, 105w, etc) that I don't know what would be best for me. I was hoping to cut through the trial and error (because like you said there is no end!) and get some good suggestions on things like lights, flashes, filters, lenses so I don't keep wasting money!
    Another limitation i'm frustrated with is shooting indoor events. I did a birthday party and every photo had a orange/yellow hue to it no matter what mode I used, and I tried every setting in every option and mode! I use camera settings to keep from using the built in flash because I HATE the harshness it creates. So to solve that i'm thinking about a diffuser for the flash problem, which may solve my color problem?! I did a little research and came across a FLB filter, would that do the trick for the orange/yellow hue?
     

Share This Page