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One of the questions I get quite often is what photography gear I am using to take my product photos. So here is a blog post of what I am using pretty much every time I take pictures.
The camera I am using is a Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera. At the time of purchase, I was looking for a camera for my photography business that was still in my price range but was capable of taking large sized images and did okay in low light situations. This one I laned on. Now, do I think you need such an expensive camera to take product images. Definitely not! You do not need a really expensive camera. However, a good camera does help. You can take good pictures with any camera in the right settings and with editing after. A good camera, once you know how to use it, will save you time and hassle of too much editing afterward. So what would I recommend? A good starter SLR Camera like one of these:
Another way you can save is to purchase a good camera used.
My all time favorite lens is my Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 G2 Di VC USD SP Zoom Lens (for Canon Cameras). Again I bought this for my photography business, but it is my go to lens for everything. Warning here…. it isn’t cheap! If you want to use your camera for other things other than product photography, I would higly suggest this lens, even though it is expensive. If you are just doing product photography you can probably just use the lens that comes with your camera. Better yet, snag yourself a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens also known as a nifty fifty lens. It is reasonable priced, and will do what you need it to do and give you great images.
I also want to note, a more expensive lens is worth the cost, and your lens is more important than the body of your camera. It is your lens that controls how much light will enter your camera, which is extrememly important.
I am a natural light photographer, and I will also choose natural light when I can. I am lucky I have a studio with large windows that allow this, and good photography gear that can handle low light situations and still turn out great images. The trick is to know how to make your camera settings work in the current lighting you have. This is true for all cameras. However, if you are looking for a lighting set up, I reccomend you check out this blog post: Light Box And Photography Stand For Mini Backdrops
Well… this one is pretty easy. I use my own backdrops that you can find right here on the website.
I hope that you find this helpful. Please feel free to ask me questions, or even better, share what photography gear you are using in the comments!