I’m often asked about the equipment I use.
Photography is not about the gear you use, it is about the pictures you take. There are many very expensive pieces of kit out there, and you don’t need any of them! With a little bit of research you can find equipment out there for a fraction of the cost with very little to no loss of functionality.
For those of you starting out, you should give the secondhand market some serious thought!
I also strongly recommend against buying everything at once, buy things when you need them and not before. Over the last few years I have incrementally tweaked what I use. Ensuring everything is as lightweight as possible whilst still functioning extremely well for my photography.
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OM System OM-1
My latest camera and main workhorse. I finally upgraded to a “pro” camera. This one has a stacked BSI sensor making it slightly more sensitive and allows for multiple SD cards for redundancy.
Olympus OMD E-M5
I was missing certain features in the E-PL7, so I went looking for an alternative. This camera has a electric viewfinder and is completely weather sealed. It also has a slightly better sensor.
Olympus PEN E-PL7
My first micro four thirds camera. I chose M43 because the lenses are extremely light, compact & affordable. I still use it as a backup or underwater camera.
Olympus µ DIGITAL 600
My first camera for underwater. I still use it as a backup camera for when I am diving sometimes, when I expect to go through narrow passages or assist with training.
XIAOYI 42.5MM F1.8
A budget portrait lens that gives incredible value for money!
7artisans 7.5MM F2.8 Fisheye
One of the most affordable wide & fast lenses out there. Ideal for the beginning astrophotograper!
A vintage video tripod, but oh so sturdy! It belonged to my father and now it serves me very well.
I have replaced the head though, as ball heads are just so much more practical!
K&F MV35 ND8-ND2000 Filter
A variable ND filter that helps me create long exposures. Advertised as 3 to 11 stops, but the last few stops are to dark to be used. Still incredible bang for your buck.
OM System BLX-1 Batteries
So far I have never run out of power, and a single battery has lasted me an entire night of shooting, but I always carry at least once spare. Call it a superstition.
Olympus BLS-5 / BLS-50 Batteries
Although a single battery can last you all day, it can never hurt to have a few spares. I use both Olympus branded and 3rd party batteries.
I shoot in RAW format, so I need to touch up every single photo I use and Lightroom is amazing at it! The only downside it that it is on a subscription plan.
Sometimes you just need a little more editing power than Lightroom has to offer, and Photoshop is exactly the right program for the job! Also on a subscription plan.
Luminar 4 &
Similar to Photoshop, but with a few unique features. A good thing about Luminar is that it’s just a one-time payment and no subscription.
Very powerful star stacking software for Windows that will align and stack consecutive shots of stars to reduce noise and bring out faint stars. And it is free!
A free, very simple and easy to use piece of software that will let you stack images to create star trails.