What Photography equipment should a Photography Apprentice have?

If you’re thinking of becoming a photography apprentice, one of the first things you need to do is equip yourself with the right gear. Even if you’re just starting out, there are some essentials that you should make sure to have in your arsenal. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what photography equipment every apprentice should have. So, whether you’re just getting started or you’re looking to fill out your kit, read on for some helpful advice!

Modern day Photography is changing at a fast rate due to the technological advancements and with these advancements you can also save money on the equipment that you may need when starting your apprenticeship in Photography.

Lucky for you, Photography equipment has improved and if you were starting a Photography Apprentices let’s say 15 years ago you would need to invest more in order to get the same range of equipment.

So what would I recommend for a young Photography Apprentice…….

Well if we were advising a Photography Apprentice or a company wanting employ a there first apprentice, here are a list of equipment that we would recommend.

First of all, I highly recommend Wex Photographic – they really know their stuff and try to advice correctly. If you don’t need to spend they won’t try the upsell. Experience from a Professional. Tell them the www.photographyapprenticeship.com sent you.

Also before we get started, you don’t need to spend a lot. There are lots of great Photographers who have average cameras……. Its all about the composition. So I highly recommend looking at the second hand equipment.

Why buy a brand new camera costing £2000, when you can purchase a second hand version for half the price and has only 20’000 picture take on it. Digital SLR and Full frame camera last over 250’000 before they die, so it’s practically a baby.

Here we go, lets get started –

1 – A digital SLR or Full frame camera.

As a professional Photographer you need to use your camera manually which will allow you the Photography apprentice the opportunity to use your Apertures, Shutter Speed and Iso when meter reading. Yes that’s what we professional use….. we hate auto.

2 – Camera Flash –

Lots of modern Digital SLR and Full frame cameras do have the added opportunity to use a higher ISO. The Higher ISO allows you to shoot in a darker area such as a dark church or venue.

So when using the camera flash, you can bounce your light up towards the ceiling which is perfect way of getting rid of shadow around your mode or person at events or at Weddings when photography reportage.

Test TTL this is a auto setting and is simple way to use your flash, the camera will read the area and work out how much power is required.

3 – Camera lenses –

First thing I would say, we highly recommend purchase great/expensive lenses but this may take time.

But whilst you are learning and saving for the better lenses you will need to start at the bottom. To start with you need something like the Sigma 18 to 200mm, some may argue that this is not a great make or lens but it will allow you to have a wide focal length with the added zoom to help you learn and perfect your composition for a selection of different genres.

When you become the better photographer and earning the higher salary’s you can then purchase the bigger and better lenses.

As a Professional I have had my work in lot of International magazines including Vogue and House & Garden magazines and I didn’t have the opportunity to buy top quality lenses due to paying high rents for both my studios, but I did perfect my composition which allowed me to sell and work with big clients.

When I first started, I purchased the following lenses – Tamron 10 to 24mm wide angel lens, Sigma 18 to 200 mm lens and my 80 to 300mm zoom.

I’m sure many a photographer will be cringing, but this allowed to have a full range and I could Photograph all genres and know that I can complete any photography assignment.

4 – Tripod –

I love a Manfrotto Tripod, they are sturdy and last for years. Mine is now 25 years old and still going strong. Yes folk it still stands on its 3 legs perfectly.

I would highly recommend visiting a London Camera Exchange high street shop, they used to sell second hand tripod and at half the price.

I purchased a tripod that cost £50 and would have cost £250 if purchased brand new.

5 – Polariser filter

This will allow you to stop reflection in glass and in water, plus adds a sharper blue tint to the colour of the sky. Highly recommend when taking interior and architecture images.

If you are interested in learning more about photography and starting your own journey to becoming a professional photographer, be sure to contact the Photographyapprenticeship.com today. We offer an online course and the official Photography Apprenticeship and we can help you get started on the right path and give you access to all of the necessary tools you need to become a successful photographer. With our help, you can learn everything there is to know about photography and start building your very own career in this incredible industry.