A camera and lenses aren’t the only things professional photographers pack with them on a shoot. Where and what you’re shooting dictates what’s needed, but here are 15 essentials you should never leave home without; plus budget and pro options of our favorite gear.
For celebrity portrait photographer Will Bremridge, the most important thing about choosing gear is to not put too much emphasis on it. Choose what’s right for you, not the latest trend. Here’s what Will considers the essentials for his unique needs.
Does this hotel look familiar to you? Steven Helmis explains how he got this shot of the now abandoned, iconic Belvédère Hotel, the location of a scene in the James Bond film, “Goldfinger” and one of Sean Connery’s favorite destinations.
Elke Vogelsang’s unique dog portraiture shows us just how funny man’s best friend can be, and capture genuine emotions that will make you laugh and fall in love with each dog. The photographer shares what gear she uses to get these hilarious shots.
Chung Hu explains how he precisely mapped out and timed the perfect landscape scene. Knowing when the Milky Way would be at its most vibrant, he chose a unique local landmark and was able to get this awesome panorama of the perfect night sky.
Graphic designer and amateur photographer Davide Reina combines basic equipment with an “educated” eye to create stark and dramatic photographs. Here, he walks us through how he captured this dynamic B&W shot of a simple gas station at night.
Christy Lee Rogers shoots underwater photography in a way we’ve never seen before. We talk to the artist about her new series, Muses, and how her underwater worlds of tangled bodies and colorful costumes flood the viewer with a sense of peace.
Surrealist still life photographer García de Marina works in a studio but doesn’t use lighting equipment, and he barely does any photo editing in post. We find out what gear he uses to shoot his minimalistic photos that make everyday objects come to life.
Most of us have never heard of sleep paralysis before, but it is a terrifying condition Nicolas Bruno has had to live with since he was 15. The artist talks about the affliction and how bringing his nightmares to life through photography is therapeutic.
What’s needed to capture the different elements that will ultimately make up an artistic, realistic composite? Mario Olvera Molinar, a true master of the composite, gives us a breakdown of what’s in his camera bag and how he uses each piece of gear.
Christopher Soukup creates images with a distinct cinematic quality, particularly his dark and moody night shots. He looks for nostalgic scenes and often shoots on film. Here, he explains how he captured this soft, moody vintage shot.
Heiko Hellwig talks about the impacts of our technology-driven world and using art to open people’s minds. His Silicon Cities series uses computer parts and other electronic entrails to inspire people to think about a digitized future.
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