How to Choose Professional Photo Equipment

Taking photos using your digital camera is easy. However, if you're serious about taking professional photos, there certain pieces of equipment that you can't do without. Choose your professional photo equipment carefully, to ensure that you will be able to take the best photos possible.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • The Internet
  • Camera Magazines

Step 1 - Do Research

Before you can choose the right type of equipment, you must first research the internet. Depending on the type of photography that you are interested in, different pieces of equipment are required. For example landscape and portrait photography are different artforms, and therefore require different equipment. Reading Internet reviews will help inform you of the correct choice of equipment.

Step 2 - Choose a Camera

The first and most important thing to choose is your digital camera. If you're serious about taking high quality images, then you must get a digital SLR camera rather than a compact camera. These cameras make you look more professional, and they also offer sophisticated extra features. Here are some popular models:

Step 3 - Choose Your Lenses

Lenses are equally as important as your camera. Even if you have the best camera in the world, a poor quality lens will ruin your pictures. The type of lens you choose depends on the type of picture you want to take. Your options are a soft focus lens, a wide angled lens, or a telephoto lens. Popular models:

Step 4 - Choose a Tripod

To take great photos you need to have a steady base. A tripod is important, for it allows you to take pictures even in low light conditions, where you might experience camera shake if you try to hold the camera yourself. You can choose either a conventional tripod or a flexible tripod (which makes it possible to grip onto tree branches and other objects.) Popular models:

Step 5 - Spirit Level

In order to take quality photos it's important to mount the camera so that it's level. If your tripod doesn't already have a spirit level fitted, then it's a good idea to install either a small spirit level, or one that clips onto your frame. You should be able to find these at your local camera store or on the Internet.

Step 6 - Filters

If you're taking landscape photography, then filters are a must. Although filter effects can be applied after taking a photo(using software such as photoshop), this does not compare to the real thing. Using a real filter helps create a contrast between the sky and terrain which is not easily recreated.

These filters screw directly onto your digital SLR camera lens and also protects the lens glass. For this reason, it's good to keep a clear filter fitted to the lens at all times. Popular Models:

Step 7 - Protection

Digital cameras and photography equipment are expensive. It is smart to invest in a case and camera bag to store and transport your camera and equipment. This will keep your camera safe, and prevent your equipment from breakage and wear and tear.