A photographer is futile without a proper set of equipment. In the olden times, the term tools of the trade was referred to professionals like blacksmiths or sword-smiths who used an extensive array of tools to make their masterpieces. Today, this term perfectly defines a photographers.
If you seek to produce a masterpiece, you need to get the rights tools in hand first.
What kind of tools do you need?
Here is a list of things that you need outside your camera and lenses
- Studio Instruments
Let us now talk about them briefly one by one. Note that each of these tools requires years and years of training in order to master. So getting the tool is just one piece of the puzzle.
This is the most obvious and if you are an avid photographer that chances are that you already own most of the tools in this category.
This includes obvious instruments like a DSRL Camera and lenses, a toolkit/bag, strap, tripod, gorilla pod, lens filters, External flash Units, and cleaning kits as far as the camera is concerned.
Then you need a complete lighting studio (if you are going to be doing any in house photographers, we personally have not invested in this as we mostly outdoors).
Now things get a little less intuitive. Of course everybody needs a laptop these days but few know that their specific things that you need to look for in laptops for photography.
For starters you need a decent overall hardware. On top that you also need to make sure that the screen on the laptop has great colors. The best screen available at the moment is on Apple Macbook Pro. The cover all of sRGB and most of Adobe RGB.
If you are traveling around mostly and you do not have the luxury to either spend or carry a professional monitor all the time, then investing on a top notch laptop is a must.
This should not come are a surprise, but photographers usually tend to have a very keen sense of color and a demand for perfection in what they see.
Well, that would obviously me an issue if you do not have a professional monitor that can represent 100% life like colors. These aren’t your average monitors. The cost for some these can go over $1,000.
There are plenty of great websites out there that talk about monitors. One website that has really stood out for us is www.bestthinbezelmonitor.com. We feel the author knows what he is talking about.
We try our best to capture natural images; however, now and then we do tend to resort to Photoshop. Well, that is the only software that we would recommend you to master. Fortunately, there are a ton of tutorial available for you.