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Essential Camera Gear for the Semi or Professional Photgrapher -

While expensive, the right kind of camera equipment is of paramount importance for professional or semi-professional photographers. And you will need more than a camera.


A DSLR (digital single lens reflex), is a higher quality camera that most photographers will use if they choose to go the professional route. The improved quality of the pictures may not be noticeable at small sizes, but it will be obvious at higher resolutions. There are two types of DSLR cameras. One has a full-frame sensor and the other does not. The full-frame sensor camera has an even better quality than the “normal” DSLR camera. Of course, the full-frame camera will cost more.

Decent Lenses

Other items that you will need with your camera body are some lenses. The type of lenses that you will need will vary depending on what you want to shoot. For landscapes, a wide angle lens would be ideal. If you are going to take pictures of animals, then you probably want to use a telephoto lens of some sort. And if you are going to be doing a lot of still life shots and close-ups, then you should probably purchase a macro lens. The prices of these lenses will vary depending on their quality.

Lens Protectors & Cover

Lens protectors are a good investment for your camera equipment because they do what the name implies. They give your camera lens protection from dust and other objects (within reason). It is far better and cheaper to have a damaged lens protector, than a damaged lens. A lens cover will also help protect your camera from damage when you are not actively using it.

Travel Gear

Picking the proper type of luggage to carry your camera in could make the difference between a happy trip and a sad one. Should you be flying, it is imperative that the type of luggage you select be the proper size, so that you may take it with you as carry on luggage via the plane. If you check in the luggage, then you run a greater risk of your equipment being lost, stolen, or damaged. So be sure the luggage that you select is the proper size for airline travel. You should also ensure that your camera case is sturdy enough to protect your camera. The Lowepro Pro Roller x100 is a good choice.

Cleaning Gear

Various types of cleaning gear exist for your camera. There are lens wipes, pen cleaning systems, microfiber cloth; etc. But the most important piece of cleaning gear you can own is an air blower. More than likely, this air blower will be your primary way of cleaning your camera. Air blowers are easy to use, and they do not make a mess. Giottos Rocket Air Blaster is a good pick. Beware though, as some air blowers can be made of cheaper materials that could break off from the inside and be blown onto your camera.

Flash and Filter

For night shots, a proper camera flash and filter is a must. Some of the cheaper DSLR cameras will come with their own little pop-up flash; however, most professionals would prefer to use an external flash and a filter.

Memory Cards

Having a few memory cards is a good idea. Of course, you will need at least one for storing your photos on; however, having two or three extra does not hurt anything. How big the memory card needs to be will depend on your camera. For a professional camera, like a 5d, you should probably use an eight gigabyte card as the minimum.

Extra Batteries & Charger

An extra set of batteries and a charger or two are also a necessity. You do not want to only have one battery and suddenly run out of power without a backup. And if your charger breaks down and you do not have a spare, then that will also present a problem.

Light Table or Tent

A light table or tent is useful if you are going to be shooting a lot of medium to small sized still life objects. If you want to go bigger or shoot people, then you may have to dedicate a room for your isolated objects. You will also need some decent studio lights for your light table or room. The type and number you will need will depend on the size of the room and, what you want to shoot.


For landscapes and still life shots, a tripod is probably going to be necessary in order to stabilize your camera. This, in turn, ensures that photo is nice and crisp instead of blurry. You may decide not to use the tripod for landscapes; it will just depend on your taste and the lighting conditions. You can also use a monopod in place of a tripod if you wish. Keep in mind that you want a fairly strong tripod for your heavier cameras and lenses. The really cheap tripods may not be up to the task. A good economical choice would be the Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod.

If you are planning on joining the ranks of semi-professional or professional photographers, then you need to make a small investment in equipment. While it is expensive, with time and effort it will pay off. ©JR All Rights Reserved

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