Recommended Photography Gear
This one-stop photography gear guide contains my hand-picked gear recommendations for fellow photographers and attendees of my Adobe Lightroom Training classes. You'll find my own personal recommendations on everything from photography kit to editing hardware and book recommendations.
Computer Hardware, Software and Accessories for Photographers
One place photographers absolutely can’t afford skimp on is their computer screen(s). Your monitor is your window to your digital photography. My recommendation for the best price/performance balance is Dell’s aptly named UltraSharp range with IPS panel technology.
Monitor Calibration Device
Once you’ve invested in a great screen, especially if you regularly plan to print your work, it’s important to calibrate your screen to an industry standard using a colourimeter. My recommendation is the Datacolor SpyderX Pro.
Photo Editing Software
It's no surprise that as an Adobe Lightroom trainer I am a strong advocate of the Adobe Photography bundle, which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom for around £10 per month. Adobe continuously supports both tools and add new features. I also love that I can continue to edit my photos on the go via my tablet and phone with the same subscription.
Loupedeck+ Editing Console
Designed from the ground up to be the perfect editing partner for Adobe Lightroom, LoupeDeck+ is the ultimate editing tool. The dials and wheels all correspond to sliders within Adobe Lightroom and the tactile feel makes editing feel more natural and precise. A necessity for any professional photographer or serious amateur.
I use a Wacom Intuos S with Bluetooth connectivity. It’s a great addition for doing detailed work in Photoshop and Lightroom and comes in at well under £100!
Your photo collection is extremely precious; just imagine losing all those years of memories and work! If you value you and/or your clients' photos at all, it's vital to have two types of back-up:
The first is a local back-up. This can come in the form of a simple external drive or, if you want a more complete solution, a NAS (Network-Attached Storage).
These solutions are simple: just connect the drive and use software (many external drives come with back-up software) to back up your files on a daily/weekly schedule.
Local back-ups are fast, inexpensive and convenient; however, they don't protect against fire, electrical faults, flooding and theft. For this reason, you also require an additional off-site (online) back-up solution to be completely protected.
The good news is that online back-up solutions are usually very affordable. I strongly recommend iDrive as an easy-to-use, trusted and reliable backup provider. They are the company I personally use. The Personal plan is (USD) $70/year for 2TB storage and $99.50 for 5TB. 25% discount available via my referral link.
Personal Recommendations for recent Lightroom Students
I'll let you choose the size according to how much you want to spend. The 128GB, 256Gb and 512GB or all good value.
This will allow you to attach your charging cable and several USB devices (external drives) at once, as well as having a built-in SD card reader!
These will allow you to connect your drives to standard USB ports on the hub above. Get two packs if you need it.
If you want to leave the hub at home with your drives still connected when you travel, this is a little portable SD card reader that connects directly to the ports on your MacBook.
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