the best resources for photographers

July 6, 2020

in a business lull? don't waste this precious time and get stuff done. here are my tips for how to be productive during the off season as a photographer.

are you just starting out as a photographer? or are you looking to use some of your hard-earned money to upgrade your equipment? i’ve got you covered with a list i’ve put together of my fave resources for photographers. from quality gear to fun accessories, keep reading to see my list of must-have products.

gogroove full-size DSLR photography backpack case

i love this stylish bag because it offers tons of function. the inner pocket comes with moveable dividers to customize to your equipment, and the rain cover and tripod foot holder are the perfect accessories when you’re traipsing around. not a fan of black? it comes in tons of other colors, too!

neewer 14 slots memory card case holder

this inexpensive accessory is just plain smart. don’t risk losing those miniature memory cards when you have this waterproof, anti-shock protection. it stores 4 SD, 4 XD, 2 CF cards + 2 CF, 10 MSD or 10 TF cards! memory cards are like a photographer’s gold, so invest in something to keep them extra safe!

black portable external hard drive – usb 3.0

as a photographer, you need all the storage you can get, and this 2tb hard drive is super convenient because it’s portable. it offers password protection, hardware encryption and is compatible with both windows and mac computers.

fujifilm instax share sp-2 smart phone printer

don’t wait to share your awesome images when you can use this mini printer! the portable device creates high-resolution instax photos sent directly from your phone and prints in 10 seconds — which is crazy fast!!

fujifilm instax mini instant film 

i like to buy two packs of the instax film so i have plenty for my weddings. each pack comes with 20 sheets and the credit-card sized photos are perfect for not taking up too much space in your bag.

nikon d750 fx-format digital slr camera body

what’s a photographer without her camera? i love this Nikon for many reasons. it’s compact, lightweight, and has a slim unibody with a tilting Vari angle LCD display. it can also record uncompressed and compressed images at the same time, and you can manually control ISO, shutter speed, and aperture while recording. the price point is great for beginners, but it’s still a workhorse for even the experienced photographer.

nikon AF-S nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E fl ed vr lens

while on the pricier side of lenses, this telephoto lens is a game changer. you can use it with or without a tripod, it offers up to ~4.0 stops of image stabilization, has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture and just plain has cutting edge optics that are amazing!

nikon af-s fx nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ed wide-angle prime lens

you never know when you’ll need your wide angle lens, and this option is the best! it offers incredible sharpness and color correction, a nanocrystal coat to get rid of ghosting and internal flare, and has a crazy fast f/1.4 aperture.

nikon af-s nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens with creative filter kit 

this is a standard length prime lens with a super bright f/1.4 maximum aperture. that means you can get quick shots in low light, and it works great for shallow depth of field control. i love this as a portrait lens and for travel photography. 

nikon af-s fx nikkor 85mm f/1.4G lens with auto focus

this portrait lens is great for blurring backgrounds, sharp shots in low light and quick focusing. it’s a medium telephoto lens that also has the nanocrystal coat to reduce ghosting and give you the crispest shots possible.

72mm nikon lens cap

what can I say, it’s a lens cap! i highly suggest keeping a few of this in your kit, because you never know when you’ll need one! whether your cap got bumped off your lens or you set it down while shooting and you forgot to pick it up, this inexpensive cap is a no brainer. (give me alllll the back-ups!!)

sandisk extreme pro 32GB sdhc uhs-i card

one thing you never want to run out of while on a shoot is space! i like to keep several memory cards on hand so that i’m never in fear of missing a photo, just because my memory card is full. this option is inexpensive and compatible with plenty of cameras.

as i find more supplies, i’ll be sure to update this list, so bookmark this post to come back to for more styling goodies!

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