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“Which camera do you use?” One of the questions that photographers get all the time is that the technology in my hands is more important than the thought process behind a shot. I’ll be honest, things like focal length and aperture up to that point. I have published photos of a car with হাতে 15,000 worth of equipment in my hand and photos taken with my iPhone. So before you drop thousands into a new mirrorless setup, I’ll talk a few more below, check out these options to build the foundation of your photography knowledge. You may be shocked to see what you can do with your closet dust DSLR.
Automotive Photography Workshop – Aaron Brimhall
I first started following Aaron Brimhall on Instagram a few years ago (I’m a sucker for Ford GT photos) and when I found out he had an automated photography workshop at Wildist.co, I had to test it. This 18 episode, 2.5 hour long course currently costs 149, much less than even the cheapest lens in my kit. In it he discusses, among other things, the tools he uses, how he has built his brand, what he does in pre-production before shooting to ensure success.
While shooting, he goes through everything from shooting “heroes” to using each brand, from using a fog machine to adding aesthetics to a photo, and how to get creative with detailed shots to keep your photo from being seen. Like everything else there.
In the end seven episodes are dedicated to editing, as no professional ever publishes a picture directly from the camera. This is where you can develop your own personal style, and, one thing that is most difficult for me, is to make it consistent across your entire portfolio, so that when others see your work on a wall or online, they know it before they see it. That picture was shot.
Brimhall’s workshop is especially good for self-portrait photography and it’s worth a look. Wildist.co has many photography workshops on everything from incredibly popular photographers like Chris Burkhardt and Alex Stall to the business of photography to landscapes and even how to start your #vanlife.
Jimmy Chin teaches adventure photography – masterclass
In the case of online courses, masterclass is probably at the top of the game. They are Ron Howard, Samuel L. Featuring a ton of incredibly well-known coaches like Jackson, Gordon Ramsay and Natalie Portman, just to name a few. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jimmy Chin, Alex Holland, an Oscar-winning adventure athlete for The North Face, is best known for his documentary free solo about climbing El Cap without the use of rope. If you’re wondering how someone like this can help you with your car photography, consider this: Jimmy was the tapped director to create launch videos for the Ford Bronco. So yes, he knows what he’s talking about.
This class is specifically for adventure photography, with lots of climbing features instead of automated photography but many principles can be relayed. Also, in my opinion, it is better to learn from more than one person when creating a style, rather than just trying to imitate one particular person and come up as a copycat.
MasterClass courses seem smoother than Wildist.co and I like what you get at a price. MasterClass pays $ 15 / month, one year increments, so you get access to all their videos for বছরের 180 a year. Sometimes they have sales where you can buy one, which I did. My friend and I shared the cost and within a year I learned, not only from Jimmy Chin but also from other trainers from discussions to photography to instruction and even how to make a really great smoked BBQ biscuit. That being said, after one year, you will no longer have access to these classes.
YouTube – Free
You don’t have to go to art school or pay hundreds of rupees for these classes to get better at photography. Just go to YouTube, where there are millions of videos on this topic Want To Be A Good Landscape Photographer? Tons of high quality videos on that subject. Sucking at the portrait? There is no reason not to be good. Even car photography, which some people consider a special subject, has lots of tutorials.
Okay, let’s get into this. Gear is important, though the two guys named above can easily shoot a circle around you or me with a dot and shoot since 2010, even if we have the latest and greatest camera technology on offer. When it comes to gear, like the two artists above, I’m a Canon photographer. Below is my dream setup, so if you have the cash, go for it. Just be aware that there are many less expensive options listed below each item, just in case you haven’t been in the lottery lately. After all, if you have a smartphone, they can take crazy pictures too. Learning how to make the best use of it from the professionals above and how to make more of these photos in the post can go a long way.
Camera: Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera
For now, this is what you can get from Canon to Camera Body. The camera body is constantly being upgraded so I want to say that money has been spent to buy this camera body, it is a ton of money and I just know that it will soon become obsolete like all other technologies. If it depends on me, I will spend all my money on the glass listed below. Lenses last much longer, assuming you treat them properly.
Less expensive: Canon EOS R6 mirrorless camera
Buy a budget: Canon EOS M50
Wide angle zoom: Canon RF 15-35mm f / 2.8 L IS USM lens
For more than a few years I was obsessed with mass shooting everything. The huge landscape of Montana? Hold wide zoom. Interior shot of my house? Wide zoom. Driving a car on a hill? Wide zoom. You will be able to capture all the scenes with this lens, although it leaves something desirable in the details section. And for portraits? If you do not know what you are doing, leave it at home.
Less expensive: Canon RF 14-35mm f / 4 L IS USM lens
Buy on budget: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM lens
Standard zoom: Canon RF 24-70mm f / 2.8 L IS USM lens
This is probably the lens that came with your camera. It’s not too wide, not too telephoto. In terms of focal length, this is perfect for most of your photography needs.
Less expensive: Canon RF 24-105mm f / 4 L IS USM lens
Buy a budget: Canon EF-M 15-45mm f / 3.5-6.3 IS STM lens
This can be an unpopular choice as most photographers go with a Canon RF 70-200mm f / 2.8 L IS USM lens for telephoto and this is an intimate call, for me sometimes requiring longer lengths than my telephoto lens. A few years ago I traveled to Patagonia and Antarctica, one for shooting with Subaru and the other for a private wildlife photography trip. On both trips I chose an ultra-telephoto lens and I was happy.
Less expensive: Canon RF 100-400mm f / 5.6-8 IS USM lens
Buy on budget: Canon EF-M 55-200mm f / 4.5-6.3 IS STM lens
A few years ago I was in Australia for a story about the Ranger Raptor. We had a full lens kit to use for the video but for the photos I decided to do something that could easily backfire on me: I only came up with a prime lens, a 35mm f1.4. I shot every photo for the article with that lens and at the end of the trip I fell in love with that focal length. Canon still doesn’t offer a 35mm f / 1.4 for RF mount, although I’m sure it’s coming, with a much higher price than the one listed above. The 50mm has always been a staple in every camera bag, so the Nifty Fifty, which costs less than $ 100, is also a great option. If you want to pay more than 10 times, the Canon RF 50mm f / 1.2 L USM lens is world class.
Budget Buy: Canon EF-M 22mm f / 2 STM lens (35mm equivalent) and Canon EF-M 32mm f / 1.4 STM lens (51mm equivalent)