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All photography categories are represented here and represented well.  You are in good hands with Adorama.

Lighting

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Lighting is a lifetime of learning, but I tend to keep it simple.  Adorama has you covered and I'm available anytime.

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I use my DSLR for video, but there are challenges with that in some cases.  See all video solutions here.

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Drones are rapidly growing for some newfound creativity.  Take a look too, if you like, for all that's in this section.

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Recommended "First-Timer" Gear

I'm often asked what type of camera to get.  This section is for you.

In my humble opinion the best choice is The Canon SL3.  It is the smallest DSLR available today so you have some of the "size" benefits of compact and mirrorless cameras along with excellent battery life and the intuitive operation of a DSLR.  Plus, sometimes the size-benefits of mirrorless cameras fade away as you add lenses.  The SL3 is everything that most will ever need (including DIGIC 8 Processing for exceptional low-light performance and the very advanced Dual Pixel Autofocus).

The only criticism of The SL3 is that Canon eliminated the center rail on the flash mount making it incompatible with non-Canon lighting systems.  Probably a non-issue, but you might otherwise consider the Canon T8i; which has a few extra features like Back-Button Focus (for sports).

For inquiring minds - scroll down to the bottom of the page to view my setup.

Canon SL3 w/18-55mm

Domke F-803 Camera Bag

Canon SL3 w/18-55mm

Canon SL3 DSLR camera

There's many choices and here's the one that I flat-out love.  It's just GREAT and, combined with your growing skills, will result in exceptional photographs.

This camera will do most things.

Canon EW-63 Lens Hood

32GB Memory Card

Domke F-803 Camera Bag

Canon SL3 w/18-55mm

SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card

The SanDisk Extreme PRO is probably the best SDHC card and 32GB is a lot of space.  Many prefer a few of these to one larger card.  I tend to have 3 on hand at all times.  Consider This Reader for downloading.

Domke F-803 Camera Bag

Domke F-803 Camera Bag

Domke F-803 Camera Bag

camera bag

This is an amazing bag.  Fits everything, is super-durable, very stylish and is uncannily not wide.  The zippered pockets and extra compartments really top it off.  It's less expensive to do it right the first time.

Canon 85mm f/1.8

67mm Polarizing Filter

Domke F-803 Camera Bag

Canon 85mm f/1.8 Lens

One of the most classic of all lenses.  Ideal for portraits, indoor sports, street, etc.  Astounding image quality.  Exceptional for low-light and beautiful backgrounds.

Canon ET-65III Lens Hood

67mm Polarizing Filter

67mm Polarizing Filter

67mm Polarizing Filter

B+W CPL polarizing filter

Boost saturation and contrast (and reduce haze and reflections) for rich landscape and sky colors in bright sunlight.  Rotate clockwise (to not unscrew) for desired effect.  Step-Up Ring to use with 58mm lenses.

Canon LP-E17 Battery

67mm Polarizing Filter

67mm Polarizing Filter

Canon SL3 DSLR battery LP-E17

One of the many advantages of DSLRs is the great battery life so chances are that you won't need a 2nd battery, but something to possibly consider for extended trips or vacations.  Always buy original Canon. 

Canon 430EX III-RT

AA Batteries + Charger

AA Batteries + Charger

Canon flash

You'll always need an on-camera flash so I'd keep it simple and start here.  Even if you go all-in one day with off-camera lighting you'll still get a lot of use from this one.  Very easy to operate and the ideal place to start.

AA Batteries + Charger

AA Batteries + Charger

AA Batteries + Charger

rechargeable batteries AA Panasonic eneloop pro

The Panasonic eneloop pro Batteries are the best rechargeable batteries that I'm aware of.  They seem to never run out, but the charger is included anyway.  This charger also works with eneloop pro AAA batteries.

MagMod MagBounce

AA Batteries + Charger

MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod

MagMod MagBounce flash modifier

An extremely simple "mini softbox" that sits on top of your flash for when there's nothing to bounce off of.  Produces beautiful soft light.  Rotates 360 degrees.  Made of silicone and will fit anywhere.  Comes with MagGrip.

MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod

MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod

MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod

MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod

This is a stunning option.  Possibly all that you'll ever need and a tremendous value.  One leg screws off to become a monopod.  Just be sure to turn the image stabilization off on your lens when on a tripod.

Canon Shutter Release

MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod

Canon Shutter Release

Canon shutter release

The Canon RS-60E3 Shutter Release will come in handy when on a tripod.  You can use the camera's timer, but this will ensure that there is no camera-shake.  And I personally prefer the simplicity of wired (to bluetooth).

6-Stop ND Filter

MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod

Canon Shutter Release

6 stop neutral density filter 
Breakthrough Photogrraphy
ND

The highest-quality neutral density filter available (from Breakthrough Photography) for long exposures - flowing water, clouds, etc.  6-stops is the one to get if you get just one.  Step-Up Ring to use with 58mm lenses.

Canon T8i w/18-55mm

Canon 55-250mm IS STM

Canon 55-250mm IS STM

Canon T8i

I LOVE what they did with the new T8i (ergonomics, video, etc.), but I'd still stick with The SL3 unless you need Back-Button Focus/AF-ON (important for sports) or use non-Canon lighting.

Canon EW-63 Lens Hood

Canon 55-250mm IS STM

Canon 55-250mm IS STM

Canon 55-250mm IS STM

Canon telephoto lens

The image quality from this lens almost doesn't make sense for the price.  A very good choice for outdoor sports/events or indoors where the light isn't terrible.  An extreme value.

Canon ET-63 Lens Hood

Canon 10-18mm IS STM

Canon 55-250mm IS STM

Canon 10-18mm IS STM

Canon ultra wide angle lens

An ultra-wide-angle lens for real estate, vlogging, landscapes and creativity.  An UWA lens is generally not used in landscapes to get it all in, but to get up close to highlight the foreground.

Canon EW-73C Lens Hood

Canon 24mm STM

Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon 10-18mm IS STM

Canon 24mm lens

This is an amazing lens offering phenomenal image quality.  Paired with The Canon SL3 for the best travel camera known to man.  Consider This Step-Up Ring for 67mm filters.

Canon ES-52 Lens Hood

Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon 50mm lens

A world-class portrait and general-use lens for the serious enthusiast.  Will definitely give you the tools to reach a very high level.  Consider This Step-Up Ring for 67mm filters.

Canon ES-68 Lens Hood

The SwitchPod

Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

SwitchPod

A revolutionary device for handheld vlogging or when needing a small travel tripod.  Brilliantly engineered for outstanding function and ease of carry.  Often used as is or attach the Ball Head and/or Cell Phone Tripod Mount.

Collapsible WB Target

Collapsible WB Target

Collapsible WB Target

white balance

This is worth it (if you don't mind the high cost).  Use your camera's White Balance settings or do a Custom WB to calibrate your camera to mixed lighting for spectacular results.  It's easy and periodically important.

Rode VideoMic NTG

Collapsible WB Target

Collapsible WB Target

Rode VideoMic NTG

The industry standard for consumer mics that produce superior audio.  Very user-friendly.  Consider This Windshield for filming outdoors.  The instruction is excellent, but also check out my DSLR Video article if you like.

2-Light SoftBox Kit

Collapsible WB Target

Think Tank Travel Bag

video lighting

Absolutely amazing continuous flicker-free 70-watt 5500K fluorescent 2-light kit with easy to assemble softboxes.  Comes with 6.5' stands.  Boxes are 20"x27".  Folds easily and stores nicely in carrying case.  Outrageous value.

Think Tank Travel Bag

2 TB External Hard Drive

Think Tank Travel Bag

Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney camera bag for travel

The Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney is a very nice and easy-to-carry smaller bag for travel or anytime you'd like to travel light.  This is the brand new version.  You're covered with this and the one above or just this.

SpyderX Pro Calibration

2 TB External Hard Drive

2 TB External Hard Drive

SpyderX Pro color calibration

The SpyderX Pro calibrates your computer's monitor to the room's lighting for accurate colors.  An extremely cool device and is very simple and precise.  Essential if you get into shooting in RAW one day.

2 TB External Hard Drive

2 TB External Hard Drive

2 TB External Hard Drive

Western Digital Elements 2TB External Hard Drive

An external hard drive is not a bad idea for backup and this is a great option.  They all say to get at least 2 TBs.  More seems like a little overkill.  Compatible with Windows.  Requires a simple reformatting for Mac.

30" TriGrip Reflector

52" Translucent Reflector

30" TriGrip Reflector

reflector

There's a lot to learn with reflectors.  This would be it if I were to select just one.  You can hold it while shooting for the desired effect.  Experiment, learn and become a lifetime student of reflectors.  I use white the most.

32" Round Reflector

52" Translucent Reflector

30" TriGrip Reflector

photography reflector

I often use this for fill light, but will sometimes use the silver side for separation on the hair from the side/rear.  Really nice and easy to use.  Many times you might want to reflect from above to simulate natural light.

52" Translucent Reflector

52" Translucent Reflector

52" Translucent Reflector

translucent reflector

This is the secret for blocking out harsh sunlight for portraits.  Duty calls and sometimes you have to do your best regardless of conditions.  Requires an assistant, but you can train them on the spot.  Just the right size.

Canon 60mm Macro

Canon 18-135mm USM

52" Translucent Reflector

Canon 60mm Macro Lens

One of the Canon lens unsung heroes.  The image quality is exceptionally great.  Also doubles as an extraordinary portrait lens.  Works on crop-sensors only and you would typically not use a hood for macro.

Canon 18-135mm USM

Canon 18-135mm USM

Canon 18-135mm USM

Canon 18-135mm USM Lens, travel lens, general purpose lens

Many love this lens for travel and is also an exceptional general-purpose lens.  The image quality is just a very good and a definite step-up from your kit lens.  A great do-it-most solution.

Canon EW-73D Lens Hood

Sigma 150-600mm

Canon 18-135mm USM

Canon 18-135mm USM

Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens

This is a very good lens when you need the ultimate in reach.  Essentially becomes 960mm on your crop-sensor camera.  The variable aperture starts at f/6.3 at 600mm, but that's what you'd use anyway for birds-in-flight, etc.

In My Camera Bag

Canon 6D Mk II

Canon 24mm 2.8 IS

Canon 24mm 2.8 IS

Canon 6D

Full-frame cameras aren't necessary, especially with modern crop-sensor technology, but full-frame image quality wins if you're very picky.  I like the simplicity of this over other full-frame options; even if they're "better".

Canon 24mm 2.8 IS

Canon 24mm 2.8 IS

Canon 24mm 2.8 IS

Canon 24mm 2.8 IS USM

This is what I use for video and is also my general purpose wide-angle lens.  24mm on full-frame is pretty wide.  Wider might be nice at times, but I don't really miss it.  Maybe one day.

Canon EW-65B Lens Hood

Canon 40mm STM

Canon 24mm 2.8 IS

Canon 40mm STM

Canon 40mm

I use this lens for travel and am usually able to get most shots.  The image quality/value is ridiculous.  Eliminates the desire for a compact camera; and having just one camera is easier.

Canon ES-52 Lens Hood

Canon 50mm 1.2

Canon 135mm 2.0

Canon 40mm STM

Canon 50mm 1.2

The lens for taking that "dreamy" professional look to the extreme.  There is none better.  50mm on full-frame closely approximates the human visual perspective and I prefer prime lens quality over zoom convenience.

Canon 135mm 2.0

Canon 135mm 2.0

Canon 135mm 2.0

Canon 135mm 2.0

"The Lord of the Red Ring"; some say Canon's best lens.  Equivalent to 85mm on a crop-sensor this can be a very useful medium-telephoto focal length.  Interesting, too, for creating very natural looking portraits.

Canon 400mm 5.6

Canon 135mm 2.0

Canon 135mm 2.0

Canon 400mm 5.6

Most will prefer the best telephoto zoom lenses, but I prefer the professional look produced by this at half the price.  You'll be shooting at 400mm anyway.  Just use a fast shutter speed and good technique.

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