Gear is an essential thing for photography and videography. I have obtained a lot of gear for photography. Okay, not that much, I don’t have a serious Amazon problem, but it’s a problem that I’ll admit to. But you always need gear from whatever you are doing. Whether that gear is a computer, a camera, a tripod, or a lens filter, you’ll need something. But remember, you could give someone the best gear in the world, but they are only as good as the shot they take.
My first computer that I received, was before Freshmen year of college, a base spec-ed Mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Pro. 4 GB of RAM (random access memory), 500 GB SATA hard drive (storage), etc. Nothing spectacular. It was just meant to do basic tasks, homework, and Netflix. It did a great job with that. After learning more about computers from working at the Mac Shack in Boulder, I soon upgraded my unit. My RAM went from 4 GB to 16 GB, and changed out my 500 SATA hard drive for a Samsung 850 PRO 512 GB solid state drive (super fast storage hard drive). In short, for those who don’t understand, my Mac went from booting up and ready to go in about a minute and a half to boot in full force in 15 seconds. I can film it if you want to see it.
I bought my iMac in 2016. It’s a used Late-2013 27" iMac. It’s fantastic. I upgraded it to 24 GB of RAM but it’s still using a 3.5 inch SATA hard drive, which is plenty fine. Editing in Final Cut Pro (video editing) and Lightroom (photo editing) have become a lot more enjoyable since working on a bigger display. Everything is in higher resolution, allowing you to see things more clearer, which helps with edits. I have since boot camped it with Windows so I can play OverWatch. I’m not good, but I’m not terrible. Add me.
Before my family’s trip to India in 2008, my dad purchased the Nikon D200, a pretty great camera for 2008. That was the first time I really got to use a DSLR (professional like camera). Playing with the settings, learning how to use it, it became an overall pretty good camera for our family. It ended up being my camera that I would use for a Digital Photography and Imaging class I took sophomore year of high school. In that Digital Photography class, I took and edited one of my favorite photos I have shot (seen below). My teacher called it professional looking and it was hung up and framed in the library of my high school back in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In the fall of 2015, my family purchased the Sony A6000, with the kit 16–50mm lens, and a 55–200 mm telephoto lens. Our Nikon D200, after the years it lived, it wouldn’t take the high quality photos we demanded. The Sony A6000 has taken us on a journey into the Mirrorless realm…
For those who don’t know what Mirrorless means, it means, there are no mirrors in front of the sensor in the camera, hence, mirrorless. They are capable of taking comparable, if not better, photos than a normal DSLR. They are more compact and lighter, which makes traveling a lot easier. My over the shoulder carrying case that is capable of carrying all three of my lenses, extra batteries and SD cards, as well as an external battery pack for my phone, is about the size of a fanny pack. It’s an amazing camera. Wanting to take better photos and portraits, I purchased my nifty fifty, I got a sweet deal at Best Buy. A Sony FE f1.8, 50mm E-Mount lens. This lens works wonders. The quality is insane. The difference between my portraits on the kit/telephoto lenses compared the nifty fifty is mind-blowing. Remember, lenses make a difference in the shot, so think about which one to use when shooting.
Cell phones. My first phone ever, the Motorola Rokr E8 (seen below). It was the coolest phone because there were no physical buttons but the “buttons” on it changed. It had a 2 MP camera. Not so great quality for pictures. I moved onto the Samsung Gravity Txt, also had a terrible camera. I then got an iPhone 4. Wasn’t the best camera, but worked. My next phone was an iPhone 5C, which a lot of my time lapses from 2015–2016 were shot on it. It takes great video and pictures, and most of the time, it surprised me.
The September Apple Event of 2016. The iPhone 7 Plus was announced. Dual Lens, wide angle and telephoto, 12 MP, 4K video, and OIS (optical image stabilization), sapphire crystal lens cover. I had to have it. It was a beautiful phone and the matte black finish was and still till this day, gorgeous. Matte Black everything. You hear me Apple, everything must be matte black. Purchasing it was a big step up from the iPhone 5C. I received it on September 16. Opening day for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. I felt so cool being one of the first people to own it. My iPhone 5C fit inside the display of the iPhone 7 Plus, it was huge. Nowadays, it feels too small. I need an iPad. But this iPhone never ceases to amaze me. The picture quality, the dynamic range, and everything is great. When shooting a wide angle shot, the phone uses the telephoto lens to pick up the further details in the center to have an amazing quality inside and out. Switching between the wide angle lens and the telephoto lens is seamless. No waiting, it happens instantaneously. If you are thinking about upgrading your iPhone and don’t mind losing the headphone jack, definitely pick up the 7 Plus. I love it.
For storage on external drives, I use WD Passports. I have a 1 TB for backing up my MacBook Pro, a 3 TB that houses all my photo files and more, and my 4 TB which is used for Final Cut Pro storage. I have had one issue with the 3 TB drive but WD took care of it with no issue. Always, ALWAYS, remember to back up your files. The amount of times I have seen people lose their files because they didn’t back up is way too many times. I have a ton of more accessories to bore you with but I won’t write about each one. Go check me out at on Kit and you can see all my gear there.
I believe the top of the line gear isn’t always necessary to pull off the best shot. Most of my accessories are budget, under $100. I think some of the pricier tech and accessories helps, but as long as you have a passion and the work ethic to pull something great together, you could have a potato of a camera and still create something beautiful. Always remember that. It’s the content that matters. Don’t let the gear define you.
all photos taken and edited by Jevan A. Dass