Behind every photographer is a variety of equipment they will use to shoot and edit their imagery.
At the beginning of my photography journey, I used the Sony Cyber-shot (DSC-H300). This was a Christmas present from my family and was my baby up until the beginning of this year when I made a new camera purchase. I have nothing to majorly fault on this camera; besides the fact it doesn't have a viewfinder and it doesn't use a rechargeable battery, instead, you must use regular batteries. To overcome this, my parents bought me rechargeable regular batteries to save me some money (and the environment).
To access your images, it is your basic connect to a computer using the USB cable that comes with or insert your memory card into your PC. However, as the camera doesn’t use a rechargeable battery be wary of how long you leave your camera plugged into your PC and therefore I recommend the memory card method if you can.
- 20.1 MP
- Good for long distance shots (35px optical zoom) e.g. moon shots
- Great for panoramas
- Can't change lens
- No viewfinder
- Large size, not travel-friendly
- Doesn't use a rechargeable battery, must use regular batteries
This camera was perfect and easy to use for those just entering the photography world. 6/10.
At the beginning of this year, I made a large purchase to upgrade my camera. After plenty of research, I decided on the Sony α6000 (ICLE-6000). With my previous camera being from Sony I trusted it would do me well and it hasn't failed me yet. The Sony Alpha series has numerous positive reviews and this one was just within my budget. I am currently using the lens that came with it, 16 - 50mm f/3.5 - 5.6, but will be investing in a new one soon so I can take better macro shots.
One of the best features I discovered for this camera is the 'Smart Remote Embedded' application. This app lets you use your mobile device, through the PlayMemories app, as a wireless remote to take imagery. I found this very useful since the LED screen does tilt, but not to a front view. It is also a good way to save some pennies on having to buy a separate remote to take a time-lapse or those images involving the camera staying perfectly still.
Linking with the app, this camera also lets you transfer images via Wi-Fi to your mobile device or computer. This has been a lifesaver since I edit most of my imagery on my mobile phone. To do so you simply download the PlayMemories app from the app store and away you go.
- 24.3 MP
- Use remote from a mobile device rather than having to buy a sperate one
- Moveable LED screen
- Small/medium size, travel-friendly
- Wi-Fi transfer options to both phone and computer
- Good battery life
- Rechargeable battery
- Changeable lens
- Includes moveable LED screen, can't tilt all the way around to view from the front
- When the camera is tilted a certain way, flits from the LED screen to viewfinder
As someone who would say they're familiar with cameras and how they work, but is still messing around to find the right settings for compositions, this camera has been a delight to work with. 8/10.
Instax Mini 70
Although I can't share the imagery taken with this digitally, I thought I would include it. For my 21st (roughly 2 weeks ago) I received a Polaroid camera from my family, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70. This guy is going to take some practice to use, but even when you mess up it creates the cutest of pictures. I mainly use this guy for my scrapbook/photography book, that I'll talk about in a future post.
- It's adorable
- Polaroids are awesome even when you fail
- Same colour as my other cameras #aesthetic
- Going to take some practice to use
- You probably won't see the snaps I take
Overall, this guy was easily one of my favourite gifts. 8/10 (because I suck at taking polaroids).
Although I do try to keep my imagery as raw as possible, there are often times that you will edit your image to emphasise elements and improve the composition (and to add watermarks). As most of my image editing takes place on my phone, I've tried a variety of editing apps and have dwindled down to one called Snapseed.
This application is developed by Google and includes all the features you will ever need to edit your imagery. It does have a few bugs, as in sometimes it doesn't open my images, but overall I've had no major problems with it. I will be making a post in the future about how I edit my images (e.g. watermarks, colour, brightness, etc.).
Typically, photographers will use some form of Photoshop to edit their imagery. Although I do own a version of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements 10, I do prefer to edit on my phone with Snapseed. This is due to the fact Snapseed is easy to use and provides all the options I need to edit an image laid out simply. This isn't to say that you shouldn't use photoshop as I encourage you to use whatever software you feel most comfortable with.
Although I rarely use a tripod, I do actually own a couple. One is from the National Geographic (NGPHMIDI). This guy is small and easy to carry around, with help from its carrying case.
My other tripod is clunky and a bit too big to carry around, but he does the job. This one is the Velbon Delta Tripod. This tripod was given to me by pure luck, cleaning out a family friends house to be more specific. Unfortunately, after some research, I discovered it's missing a piece which allows me to tilt the camera. It does the job however at keeping the camera sturdy when needed.
As mentioned though, I rarely use it so you don't need a tripod to take great shots. I often try to prop my camera up using my bag or any flat surface to keep it still.
To save your imagery, it's best you invest in memory cards. Although you can save your imagery to the camera itself, it's best you don't in case the device breaks or you need to transfer the files but lose the USB cable for example. I have two that I switch between; 16GB and 32GB. Both my memory cards are by the brand 'SanDisk' and I haven't had any problems with them yet.
It doesn't matter what size memory card you use, just make sure you back up your imagery often either to cloud storage or physical storage such as a USB drive. I typically upload mine to Google Drive and a designated USB drive.
I hope this covers everything and if you have any questions feel free to ask.