Hi guys! I get asked about my camera or other equipment soooo often that I thought it was time to finally write it all down for you. 🙂
In this blog post, I am going to provide links to my photography equipment and some tips on where to find cool backdrops.
NOTE: These links will guide you to the German Amazon. The technical features should be understandable for you even if you don’t understand German but if you need help with translation, just leave a message under this blog post.
The reason why I chose the Sony a5100 is due to its price-performance ratio and its light weight. It falls into the category ‘e-mount cameras’ which tend to be generally less heavy than traditional DSLR cameras. As far as I know, all traditional features required for taking high-quality personalized shots are included in this camera. It has a touch display and – my favourite feature – a turnable screen. This comes handy when filming videos or taking selfies.
I bought this 50mm lense recently after reading an interesting book about food photography. I love how you can play around with background sharpness and blurriness with this lense. This lense is great for food photography from a 45 degree or horizontal perspective.
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I switched to this lense:
This one is a 30mm 1.4 lense, which means you can make the background even blurrier. I compared both lenses and came to the conclusion that they are nearly the same quality-wise but the 30mm one is more practical as you don’t need to keep such a large distance between the object and your camera. It also shoots portraits just as beautifully as the 50mm lense. Only disadvantage: It’s a little more pricey.
For bird’s eye view shots I recently got this tripod:
It’s very stable and high quality. You can either shoot with or without the extended arm. I love to just turn around the central pillar and fix it the other way round for upside-down shots.
I made a Youtube video showing exactly how I work with artificial lighting:
Most of my backdrops are free samples from DIY stores or pieces of wood from the dumpsite. There are only two items I bought online. The first one is a piece of real slate and the second one is an adhesive foil that visually imitates slate. As you can guess, the adhesive foil is much lighter and more convenient as you can store and move it around more easily. However, it reflects light more than real stone surfaces do so that is the major disadvantage of adhesive foils. My recommendation: If you can, get both. 🙂
In the following video I explain where you can find free backdrops:
I hope you liked these tips and found them useful!