I’ve been shooting for over 30 years now, and I’ve never been happier with my gear than I am my current refined selection, which you can find below, by category.
If you’re just getting started, please don’t think that you need all of this to become a great photographer. Gear can certainly open new doors and enable you in various ways, but every gear purchase should open up specific creative doors or help you to overcome obstacles you find yourself up against often.
For example, you might be shooting with a 24-70mm lens, but regularly feel the need for something wider. You might have a 70-200mm lens, but finding it falls short for bird photography. Consider buying an Extender (teleconverter) or if you are going to move into wildlife photography, you might opt for a longer telephoto lens.
The gear in these lists is what I’m currently using, or the newer version that I would buy if I were to buy now. My recommendations are based on real-world use in the field or studio. If I don’t believe in a product, it doesn’t make the list. It’s as simple as that.
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Select one of the categories below to check out my recommended gear pages on B&H Photo.
I buy my camera supports, camera and lens plates and L-Brackets from Really Right Stuff, which can also now be bought on B&H Photo. The engineering is second to none, and you can tell that these guys really, really love what they do.
For more information on what I actually use and why I love it, listen to the Podcast I did on the subject here.
For my digital workflow, I use Phase One’s Capture One Pro for its incredible image quality and customizability. You can download and try Capture One Pro for free and get a 10% discount if you decide to buy it by using our voucher code AMBP. Note that this offer is not available for subscriptions or the Sony version of Capture One Pro.
I use only Breathing Color inkjet media for my fine art printing. In my opinion there simply is nothing that comes even close on the market.
Of course, no amount of gear will improve your photography better than a firm understanding of the Craft of photography, and the ability to develop and capture your Vision. I have my own eBooks over on Craft & Vision but the entire collection is simply awesome, covering all photographic genres and disciplines. For not much more than the price of a coffee Craft & Vision eBooks will improve your photography more than any piece of gear—do come back to this page though when you’re ready to buy some hardware. 🙂