I get asked all the time about my camera equipment, so here’s a run-down of everything I use to shoot, edit and more.
Camera — Canon 5D Mark IV
This is the camera body I use every day and I love it to pieces. I shot on a Mark II for years — the IV has some great updates like built-in wifi, fast and accurate auto-focus and touchscreen. The wifi allows for transfers of images directly from the camera to your phone via the Canon Connect app. The wifi makes it easier to take self-portraits and distant shots too because you can use your phone to focus the lens, release the shutter and see what’s happening in-camera from a distance.
Primary Lens — Canon 50mm f/1.4
This has been my go-to lens since the beginning. I started with a very cheap version and this was the first upgrade I made. A solid lens every photographer should have in their arsenal. The low f stop makes a huge difference in getting that dreamy, artful film look.
Secondary Lens — Sigma 50mm f/2.8 (discontinued) — Sigma 105mm f/2.8 is the other macro I would invest in
The Sigma 50mm used to be the best and most affordable macro out there for the quality. Unfortunately it’s discontinued but the 105mm is a great option, and still loads less expensive than the Canon version. I think everyone needs a good macro in their kit — they’re versatile, great for the macro look but also make excellent portrait lenses.
Every photographer needs a million of these! Buy more batteries than you think you’ll need, and always keep a 2nd charger around. I use 32gb memory cards so I never have to think about changing them out on a shoot day. And I’ve lost so many microfiber cloths over the years… I can never have enough.
Tripod — Manfrotto Tripod with Horizontal Arm
This is one sturdy friggin’ tripod! It’s a good one for your home studio, where you don’t have to lug it around. It can take a beating and keep on ticking. Comes with a horizontal arm, which is especially nice if you do flat lays. If you need something lighter, this travel tripod from Manfrotto is the way to go.
Tripod Accessories — Tripod Camera Ball Mount Head with Quick Release Plates, Horizontal Arm, Gorillapod with Ball Head
The ball head is necessary for smooth shifting from horizontal to vertical shooting on a tripod, all tripods are useless without ball heads imo. Comes with quick release plates for easily popping your camera on and off the tripod — make sure you get the right screw thread size for your camera. The horizontal arm is important if you shoot a lot of wide flat lays and need space from the tripod so that the legs of the tripod don’t get in the shot.
I own multiple. I want more.
The pure and simple basics. Editing in Lightroom is where it’s at — efficient, professional level edits. Dropbox is how I deliver client files, store my photos for transfer to Instagram and generally share every file that needs sharing.
Gotta plug my presets, y’all! I use these presets every day for everything from food to product to lifestyle, portraits and even weddings. Lightroom presets are easy to tweak to your liking too, so you an adjust them to find your style without having to spend years figuring it out for yourself. Find them here and check out my F.A.Q.’s for more info.
Phone — Iphone XR
Great quality built-in lens. Clear, crisp color. Less degradation on zoom than ever. Shoots in RAW. Portrait mode. Shoots 4k video. Audio quality is great. I love mine, and it’s even better with external lenses / audio (see below).
For mobile photo and video I use Moment gear — case and lenses. It’s the closest to shooting DSLR on you’re phone that you can get, with the extra advantage of being insanely easy to travel with. The 58mm is best for portraits, food photography and is equivalent to a 50mm camera lens. The 18mm is a wide angle lens I use for shooting video primarily.
Shooting using lenses on a camera is awesome but it would be v awkward without my gorillapod (flexible tripod) with a ball head (easier swivel) and a phone clip (necessary). When I shoot video on my camera I prefer to use a tripod, it’s way more fun and less tiring on my arm. The mini rode mic is nice for video work, especially with the wind cover. It amps the quality of the audio up a pinch, which is important to me (hopefully also to you).
Everything I use to shoot and edit on my phone. Kinemaster is a masterful video editing app, the best I’ve found. It’s the closest to Final Cut Pro you can get on a phone.
The F-Stop ICU is like a little protective carry-all bag that you can insert into any other bag to make it a camera bag. Brilliant! The mobile lens carry case is great if you get into the moment lenses and want to protect their preciousness. The everyday backpack is the ultimate awesomeness in photo backpacks, which for the price I think is pretty awesome.