Are you planning to create a new photography studio and you are not sure where to begin? Or do you already own a Photography Studio and you are looking to expand your camera gear and equipment?
Choosing the right gear for your photo studio may take a while. You need to research and find out what you need and what works best for you and your space.
Before you start looking for camera gear and equipment, you should take a look what other professionals use in their photo studios. MisterLocation is a great website to check different kinds of spaces either you live in big cities like in Berlin, Germany, London, UK or New York, USA.
After doing your research you will have an understanding of the space and the equipment you need. In this article you will find tips for beginners and professional photographers on camera gear and other essential tools a photo studio needs. Here’s a list of what you’ll probably need:
Equipment List for Photography Studios
- A full frame or APS-C camera
- Zoom and Prime lenses
- A good tripod stand
- LED lights & Strobes
- Wireless Triggers
- Studio space
Now let’s get deeper and explore the best camera gear and equipment you will need in your photo studio. There are three main options to choose from. Depending on your budget and your business model, select which one fits your needs.
Option #1: Photography Studio Equipment for Beginners
This category is suitable for you if you have a limited budget or you are just starting out. First, you will need to purchase a good camera to produce reasonable quality photos. It could not be too pricey. The best camera option is an APS-C camera with at least 24 Megapixels, good Autofocus and colors.
Cameras and Lenses
- Canon EOS 80D with Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (for Canon)
- Nikon D7500 with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (for Nikon)
- Fujifilm XT2 with Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8
- Sony a6400 with Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
All of these cameras produce great image quality and their price range is between $900 – $1500 plus the lens. Besides choosing a camera, you will also need more lenses. You have quite a few options in zoom or primes.
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
- Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 R
- Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary for Sony
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
- Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM (Nikon)
- Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140mm F/2.8 R LM WR OIS
- Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
Alongside the camera, you will also need to purchase an SD Card to store your photos. The most reliable SD cards are:
Choose one with at least 32GB of space. You will need to shoot in RAW, so make sure you have plenty of space or extra cards. You will also need a card reader to help you transfer the photos from the SD card to your computer.
Tripods is another essential photography tool! Check the Geekoto tripod. It is not that expensive for a tripod.
To capture clear photos you will need some form of lighting. But since we are dealing with a limited budget, you may not need to purchase lighting equipment at this stage. Just look for Photoflex reflector and use only one LED light or the natural light within the studio.
You will also need a tripod stand. Kupo light stand will do well for this task. In addition to this, you will also need spring metal clamps. The best in the market is the MegaDeal Jaw opening clamp. With these in place, you will be good to launch your basic photo studio business.
Option #2: Advanced Photography Studio with Reflector and 2 Lights
If you have a bigger budget, then you need to acquire camera gear equipment which will set you apart from your competitors. At this stage, you will need improved equipment. For a camera, I would recommend the following:
Dynalite Baja B4 is a battery-powered mono-light. If your budget allows it, I recommend you choose two studio lights instead of one. Alongside these, include a 60-degree umbrella from Selens. The Neewer OctoDome will also be suitable for this task.
There are other pieces of equipment which will not change much. The SD card, the card reader, and the tripod stands. But you may need to double or even triple some of these pieces since your studio will have advanced significantly.
Option 3: Professional Photography Studio with 3 Light Studio Gear
If you want to go at full throttle with your photo studio business, then you will need to invest more. The more you spend in camera gear, the better the results. Choose one of the following cameras:
Carry along the Dynalite Baja B4’s but add a third one to make them 3. You can go for B6 Monolight to give you more lighting options. Increase also your light stands to match with the number of monochrome studio lights.
It’s also important to upgrade your tripod to 284 CARBON TRIPOD which is manufactured by Vanguard ALTA. Included in this list is also the umbrella which was mentioned in category two, the reflectors, and the clamp.
There you have the best camera gear and equipment for your photo studio. As you go out to shop for these pieces of equipment, always keep an eye for quality. If you choose high-quality equipment you will get longer service life and be able to shoot impressive photos with little effort.