We've all heard the saying, "Clothes make the man"; but does the photographic equipment make the photographer? One might think so when looking at new advanced cameras, dream lenses, and all the editing software out there. Others might disagree after admiring the wonderful photographs by Henri Cartier Bresson or Edward Weston, which were taken with relatively simple cameras and lenses.
The real questions to ask yourself are: What kind of images would I like to make? And what are all these things that I see advertised as indispensable photo equipment really for?
Geared toward the beginning to intermediate photographer, this book teaches about the variety of photographic tools available and what each is meant to accomplish. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of various pieces of equipment and discover what kind of gear you need to realize your creative ambitions. The book is filled with beautiful images that illustrate how the type of equipment discussed can affect an image.
- Choosing a Lens 8
- Filter Know-How 34
- Using a Tripod to Keep Things Steady 46
- The World of Flash 56
- Protecting Your Gear 66
- Other Useful Accessories 78
- The Digital Darkroom 102
- What Equipment Do the Pros Use? 122
Photo Credits 125
Elin Rantakrans has been a professional photographer and journalist for more than 15 years. She earned a BS in photography from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an MS in journalism from Lund University in Sweden. While working as a journalist and photographer on three continents, Elin's passion has always been to "view her world" through the lens of her camera. Elin is also the author of "Buying the Right Photo Equipment", published by Rocky Nook.