I’ve heard and read the saying many times, “photography is not about the gear you have, it’s about the person using the camera.” This is true – to the extent of knowing ones camera. Master it or be a fidgeting monkey. What will I choose? I find the Pareto principle (the 80/20 rule) which is the law of the vital few, comes into play with photography. The 80/20 rule states that 80% of the effects are a result from 20% of the causes. In the case of photography, the 20% is mastering ones camera, lighting and knowing which settings to use in any given shooting scenario. Once one masters the 20%, the 80% effects are limitless. Creativity is abundant, an eye for a quality photo is clear and more time is spent shooting instead of fumbling with settings and gear.
I own a Canon Powershot sx50 HS. The Powershot is a bridge camera, a camera that is a step-up from a point and shoot and step below a DSLR. It has a lot of features of a DSLR including being able to shoot in Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes. I can adjust my white balance effectively, shoot in High-Dynamic Range (HDR) and this camera has an impressive 1200mm zoom lens built-in. I feel I can go to the moon and back with this incredible range. The camera also has a fantastic Macro setting. Some limitations of the sx50 include f/stop range from 3.4 – 8. The slowest shutter speed is only 15 seconds, but when I play it right, I’ll capture some tasty photos. The fastest shutter speed is 1/2000th of a second. This is pretty good. DSLR’s can go faster, but 1/2000th of a second will work for me for now.
My bridge camera captured a photo that was included in an online international travel site. One does not need a $5000 camera to start. I’m mastering my camera so I don’t look like that wide-eyed monkey throwing things across the room out of frustration. Practice, practice, practice. Here’s what I have in my camera bag along with my gear and a list of gear I’m going to buy.
The Walking Traveler’s Camera Gear
Camera – Canon Powershot sx50 HS – Fit my budget and a great camera to learn on.
Sunpal Ultra 7000TM Tripod – Get a sturdy tripod. I need added weight to hold down this tripod in windy weather.
(2) Canon NB-10L Camera Batteries – Never hurts to have a back-up battery.
Lexar 32 GB 400x Speed – I once got over 1000 photos on this card from a single shoot.
Nikon card Reader – Card readers are universal. I purchased this at a local camera store. It’s what they had in stock.
5-in-1 Reflector – I purchased mine used. I got a good deal on it.
Vogue 67mm Bayonet Adapter – This adapter attaches to the lens. Once attached, filters screw into the adapter.
How I’m mastering my camera – I google to find ways to learn. I found this tutorial series back in January 2016 to help me be the master of my camera. This video series is extremely helpful to anyone getting started in photography. Thank you Marius from M West Photography for creating Digital Photography Today.
The Walking Traveler’s Gear Wish List For More Creative Photos
UV Filter – This filter reduces the level of ultraviolet light that strikes the recording medium and is good for protecting the camera lens from damage. I would rather buy a new filter than pay for an operation on my camera if something were to strike my lens.
Polarizer Filter – This type of filter will help darken skies (great for longer exposures), manage reflections and mitigate glare.
Neutral Density Filter – The pupose of an ND filter is to reduce the amount of light entering the lens. This type of filter modifies the intensity of wavelengths.
Graduated Neutral Density Filter – A GND filter has variable light transmission. One half of the filter is neutral density with the other half being clear. This filter is great when photographing the sky and ground for proper exposure.
Universal 67mm 0.43x Wide Angle Lens – I will get more in my photo with this wide-angle lens. Yes I will.
67mm Lens Cap. Once the 67mm bayonet adapter is attached, a 67mm lens cap is needed to cover the lens. I’m not one that usually loses my gear, but in this case, I’ll buy these in a generic name. No need for brand names when it comes to a lens cap.
Vivitar Macro Filter – The Canon Powershot sx50 has a fantastic macro feature. A macro lens filter will make the subject look even closer
Travor Macro Ring Flash – This unit is used for very close shooting with macro photography.
Close-up Filters For Macro Shooting – Get even closer using these filters. Go ahead, give the subject a kiss…it’s that close to the lens.
Eye-fi Card – An eye-fi card allows a photographer to instantly upload photos from his/her camera to a local computer or mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet. Upload. Look at the photo. Good or bad? Keep or trash. Fast and effective.
Cable Release – A cable release allows one to remotely trigger the shutter button to avoid touching the camera thus avoiding camera shake which would result in blurred photos. The self-timer can be set in place of a cable release.
I’m not promoting or receiving commission from any of the sites in which any and all gear can be purchased. I simply wanted to give my readers a visual of what everything looks like. Shop around for the best deal. Do research and ask questions to those with experience. Join a camera club or a meet-up group. These organizations have some experienced amateur photographers that will give insight and wisdom. Watch videos on Youtube and/or Google keywords to aid in your efforts. There are plenty of information outlets on the internet to start and grow.