Cyber Monday is a perfect time to update your photography equipment collection as so many retailers are offering great promotions. B&H Photo, KEH, and Ritz Camera have major sales those days that are running up to 50% off. However, be careful while hunting for photography deals and compare prices among different retailers. Some of them are cutting the prices for CyberMonday, but those are still higher than on Amazon (especially if you have to pay for shipping). Okay, here is what I included into my photography wish list this year:
#1: Neewer 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector with Bag is a great tool to have if you are taking outfit photos as it helps to reflect light on your face and make your photos look more crisp. This reflector might also be helpful if you are taking photos when there is not enough light in the room.
#2: Sony 50mm f/1.8 Mid-Range Lens. I am using Sony Alpha A6000 Mirrorless Camera which came with a standard lens that was not good enough for outfit photos. Finally, I figured out which lens so many street style photographers are using for creating a blurry background effect. I just received my 50 mm lens in mail and can’t wait to start experimenting with it!
#3: PhotoShop LightRoom. I’ve been using a trial version of this program for the last week and I am totally in love with it. The program is much more user-friendly than a regular Photoshop, not to mention a unique feature that allows you to use editing presets. Basically, it’s something like Instagram filters, but for your blog photos. I found some great presets on Etsy and I am currently playing with this Bright Skin Preset that instantly makes photos more bright and crisp.
#4: Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit is a super affordable lighting set that I am dreaming to have for my miniature beauty photo studio. Ben and I are working on reorganizing our living space so I can fit a tiny permanent background and a lighting set in our apartment. Once it’s ready, I will definitely share some photos of my studio with you guys!
#5: LimoStudio 18″ Fluorescent Continuous Lighting Kit is a must-have tool if you are taking makeup tutorial photos or shooting YouTube videos. The ring provides continuous light that helps to eliminate any unnecessary shadows and overall make your photos and videos more bright and crisp. This package is a value deal as you are purchasing a ring together with a stand and adjustable shoe so you can secure your camera inside the ring.
#6: Paper Source Wrapping Paper is a great alternative to photo backgrounds for your makeup shots. Honestly, I am so obsessed with their wrapping paper selection that I never leave the store with just one thing I came to purchase. All the thick non glossy deluxe papers such as this confetti table runner (think: larger scale shots), this marble fine paper, or this crinkled gold paper look so pretty—I can’t wait to update my winter holiday background collection with them!
#7: Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release really helps if you are taking photos of yourself (either outfit or beauty shots). It connects directly to your camera and allows you to take photos of yourself using a remote control. I actually already own this particular model, but I decided to list it here anyways as it might be super helpful for those of you looking for a hi-quality shutter release.
#8: Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models is one of the books that I had on my wish list for quite some time now. Supposedly, this book provides all the tips you need to know while taking photos for your blog. I am planning to take a lot of photos during my upcoming vacation and I think that this might be a great source to look for photo inspiration.
#9: Photo Nuts and Shots Course from Digital Photography School. I love everything Daren Rowse from ProBlogger.net does, including amazing online programs that he offers on his photography blog. I already took Photo Nuts and Bolts course (it’s amazing!) and look forward to start studying a second part of this online program.
Which camera do you use for your photos? What are some of the photography tools that you are planning on purchasing?