A question I’m constantly asked is what gear I use. Gear is important. However, keep in mind that creating powerful imagery has less to do with your gear and more to do with vision and content.
Camera Gear: suggestions for portrait photography.
- Camera: I shot for a year using the Canon 5d Classic paired with the 50mm 1.8 STM. (Full disclosure the links in this post are amazon affiliate links) You can often get this setup for under $500. For those of you starting out, the Canon 5D Classic is a fantastic introduction to full frame cameras and a great combination of quality and price.
- Sensors: There are two common sensor sizes in DSLR's "full frame sensors" and "cropped sensors." This size distinction refers to the physical size of the sensor within the camera. All you need to know right now is full frame sensors are ideal for portrait photography. In general, they offer more detail and higher quality than their cropped sensor counterparts.
I’ve shared some of my initial recommendations for getting started with gear. Now, I’ll walk you through the rest of the gear and software I use when creating images.
Camera & Lenses:
- Canon 5D Mark IV
- Canon 35mm 1.4 II or Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art
- Canon 50mm 1.2 or Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art
- Canon 85mm 1.2 II
Computer & Accessories:
- SD Card (You'll need a CF card if you purchase the Canon 5D Classic)
- MacBook Pro
- External Hard Drive
- Wacom 5 Small Tablet
- Basic Mouse
Below you'll find a few images with camera info below each. Have more questions about gear? Leave a comment!