EQUIPMENT FOR BEGINNERS in stock photography - Dreamstime

Hello again everyone,

As I promised in my first blog that I would next write something about equipment for newbies in stock photography, here I am. I have to say that I was very surprised how many people actually read my first blog and I am very happy that most of them found it interesting. This is all new to me, but very exciting.

So, let's begin... For those who read my writing for the first time, I'm also newbie in stock, but I spent so many hours looking for right equipment and at the end purchasing I think very good one I wanted to share that experience with everyone and maybe reduce someone's time in looking for same things.

1. CAMERA - of course, if you are looking for really good pictures, great options, crystal clean photos, you WILL need a DSLR camera. First cause you can change lenses (this is very good option) and second if you want to start in stock photography very soon you will realize that it was better for you to buy DSLR camera at the start. So, don't waste time thinking about it. Of course, there are people who are having photos accepted with point and shoot camera, but I think if you are going to buy new, go with DSLR. It doesn't have to be very expensive one, the latest model, most important is to see what are you aiming for. Still life, people, ambient...all...I had point and shoot camera Canon Ixus 700 and I was satisfied with Canon but I wanted to try Nikon so I bought NIKON D5200 and I was blown away - still I am - with it. Someone told me if I want photos in studio buy Canon, if I want precise clear pictures of mostly still life, buy Nikon and if I want for the ambient buy Sony. I chose Nikon. Then I wanted D7100 but after a lot of reading I realized that D5200 has almost everything as D7100, but it is lighter and cheaper. So, for my first DSLR I chose D5200. Here is great site for comparison

2. LENSES - I have two lenses ZOOM Nikkor 18-105 mm and PRIME Nikkor 50mm 1.8g. At first, I didn't understood my cousin when he advise me to buy this prime lens, but I'm very glad that I took that advice cause I'm rarely using zoom at all. Just when I'm outside and on the move. For everything else, I use this prime lens and it's great. That depth of field that everybody is talking about it's quite amazing with prime lens because you can open to 1.8, and with my zoom it's only 3.5, it is big difference. This prime lens is very good and not that expensive like most of prime lenses.

3. TRIPOD - I thought maybe I don't need this, but by accident I found this Bilora tripod 35-140 cm and I bought for just in case cause it was quite cheap, and it had things that I needed (to be stable to carry big DSLR, various height, adjustable head in all directions) and now I can't imagine photographing in lightbox without it. It is a little inconvenient to carry it around for shooting outside, cause I change directions and move a lot to photograph models so I don't use it outside, just for inside especially for still life, low ISO 100 and no flash. With tripod I don't worry about shake...

4. LIGHTS AND LIGHTBOX - Since I decided at first I will shoot objects in lightbox this was a must have. I wanted to make one myself-lightbox but I'm glad I didn't cause I think the baking paper would torn apart till now, and the material will not for a long time. But advise is to shoot on a paper in lightbox, photos were much better on paper then on pads from materials that came with lightbox. As far as lights, here I had trouble finding lights with 5000K or 5500K color temperature so I bought with 6500K. This is troubling when I want to shoot on white background, I always have purple or blue color instead of white but I change it in photoshop and sometimes I can't. But, the good thing is that I bought LED reflectors/spotlights (they were on sale) and

I'm glad I did because they really don't get hot even after a few hours working. They stay pretty cool. And now, if I had a paper lightbox and regular light bulbs I wouldn't be sure about getting lights too close to a paper. Hm....this was a smart move.

5. THINGS I DON'T HAVE BUT I THINK I WILL HAVE VERY SOON - EXTERNAL FLASH AND TELE LENS - WHY? Because the internal flash that I have leaves very sharp shadows in every way ( so I sometimes put white paper in front of it pointing up to avoid this and still capture the moment great and it's great tip) and this zoom lens that I have can't zoom what I want how I want when I'm outside...these are the reasons.

6. LOT OF SPACE ON YOUR HARD DISK OR BACKUP - because when you start shooting RAW files you will need space on your computer.

7. PHOTOSHOP OR OTHER EDITOR - I have Photoshop CC and still learning (everything that I want to know I see on youtube, and I always find a solution).

Reflectors and diffusers I made myself from a baking paper/diffusers for spotlights and aluminium foil/reflectors when I need more light. And it's working quite well. I even made a softbox for internal flash but then I saw a tiny softbox for this flash and I bought it couple a days ago and it's ok.

And this is it!!! Everything that I have for now, and I think it's good for start but even now I know what will I buy next, but first I need to make some money.:)

So, if you want to shoot still life tripod and lightbox are great and necessary and if you are more outside type then great zoom lens and this 50mm prime is also great for it's price!

Hope I helped a little especially those who are undecided yet.

Thanks for reading and all photos on this blog were taken in lightbox.

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May 05, 2014


interesting :-) thanks!

May 01, 2014


Thank you Bavdekar for comment. It's always nice to learn something new. :)

May 01, 2014


You have provided nice info. I have just one comment. If you have a cropped sensor camera, the 50mm 1.8g becomes a bit of an overkill. This lens is optimal for the full sensor camera. The 35mm 1.8G DX, on the other hand, is built for the cropped sensor and gives a 50mm equivalent field of view on a DX camera. The 50mm would give a field of view equivalent to 85mm.

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