What do you spend most of your money on when it comes to photography gear? It probably depends on quite a few things: how long you’ve been a photographer, whether you’re a pro or a hobbyist, and what sort of photography you do.
But one thing is for sure: we photographers love to waste money on all the wrong things. In this video, Scott from Tin House Studio weighs in on what he thinks we should be spending our hard-earned cash on.
Firstly, Scott shows us his lovely Zeiss lens with a special coating and solid metal construction. These do not run cheap by any means. However, a really great lens will make a big difference in the quality of your images and is definitely worth investing in.
On the other hand, camera manufacturers make us feel like we must be always updating our camera bodies. We think we need all the latest tech and gizmos, but this simply isn’t true. Many pro photographers will happily use a 15-year-old camera body, albeit with an extremely good lens.
Depending on what you’re shooting, as a professional photographer, there simply isn’t enough of a reason to warrant spending a few thousand dollars on a new body when you’re not going to use most of the new features anyway. This is particularly true for still life, food and product photographers.
The other item that Scott reckons is worth spending good money on is light modifiers. Not just any light modifiers, obviously. Really good ones, for example, Broncolor’s Hazylight softboxes, which incidentally are no longer in production and can only be found through second-hand sources.
Similarly, pro photographers will drop a large amount of cash on excellent tether cables. If you’re working all day on a shoot, you simply cannot risk having the tethering connection drop out halfway through. Cables such as Area 51 are one of his recommendations.
I must say that I’m guilty of lusting over the newest camera body as much as the next person. Where do you spend your money as a photographer?