Well, being a photographer I naturally want to share with you the kit that I use. It’s quite a small collection at the moment, but when I make my millions from turning professional, I’ll have so much more including a picture of my studio. I can but dream!
Firstly, my camera; the Canon SX40 HS. It is a fantastic little camera, not a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex, for those that have always wondered) but in fact a bridge camera, which basically means it has a BIIIG zoom of 35x optical. It has many DSLR features however, including the ability to shoot in full manual mode, the mode I’m rarely out of. It has a focal range from a pretty wide angled 24mm all the way up to 840mm! Great for scoping out the mountains from my back garden. Here’s a couple of images of the camera:
To keep all this nice and steady when taking my shots I use a Velbon DF-51 tripod. This piece of kit is absolutely essential for the photographer, particularly when you are shooting at shutter speeds lower than say 1/30 second to prevent blurring if you can’t keep your hands still or you want to keep images sharp throughout the focal range. Moving water is where I use mine the most. Yes, it’s something extra and awkward to carry around (especially in the mountains) but now I have it I wouldn’t be without it. It also means I can stand in the middle of the River Ogwen (er, not at the moment you damn fool) to take a shot. Here it is:
If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know I discussed filters, but I use: UV, CPL (Circular Polarising Filter), ND2/0.3, ND4/0.6, two x ND8/0.9. Here’s what I use, no point showing the CPL and UV:
And they allow me to take wonderful shots like this:
I won’t go into what I carry it all in or what type of memory card I use (incidentally I use an 8gb card).
Over time I’ll add new items that I feel are worth posting, but this gives you a brief idea of the minimum kind of gear you’ll need if you want to take great pictures and stand out from your mates!
Happy snapping 🙂