After knowing what camera equipment and accessories you need, you can take all kinds of photos. But what really makes your photo stand out from the crowd is the editing you do afterwards. So here's the editing gear I use, and why:
Laptop - Of course, you need a laptop or computer to keep your keep all your photos saved safely as well as for using editing software to alter your photos as you desire. For storage, you're only going to be looking for 500GB of storage, but most have that. For performance, you'll want 4GB RAM, so that you can edit smoothly. That being said, I've used a tiny notebook laptop that had 1GB RAM and I managed, but with many inconveniences.
HDD - For even more storage, or to back up the photos you have on your laptop, I have a HDD (Hard Disk Drive) which is a small, thin box that you plug into your computer and copy your files on. I use 500GB, but I advise getting a 1TB HDD, which will cost from £50 - £100 rougly. A cheaper alternative for backing up photos is online services such as Google Drive, etc. There are also file hosting websites where you pay to upload a certain amount of gigabyte's to the cloud.
Adobe Ligthroom - To put it simply, this is the best software to use for photo-editing right now. It's heaven for any Photographer because it does everything a Photographer needs it to do. It's great with photo quality whether you edit on JPEG or RAW, and it's great for efficient editing and creating photo books, pre-sets, etc. If you use Adobe Bridge (like I used to) I recommend making the switch to Lightroom. And now, it's a lot cheaper at just £8 per month, and you also get Photoshop with that.
Adobe Photoshop - Speaking of Photoshop, I use it because even though Lightroom and Bridge are great for the overall editing of a photo, they don't have the tools that Photoshop has. After editing in Lightroom, I open my photo in Photoshop so that I can be picky by getting rid of spots, adding layers or adjustments to certain areas of the photo, etc. Photoshop is also great for graphic designing, which is why I create all of my graphic designs with it.
Graphics Tablet - If you're into photo-manipulation or portrait retouching, (Or even painting and drawing in Photoshop) you'll definitely benefit from getting a graphics tablet because it gives you a lot more control because we naturally adapt to holding a pen from growing up and writing so much in school. Photographers tend to go for Bamboo but I use a cheap, unbranded one that I found online that does the job for me.
So that's it, all the gear I use and why I use it. The truth is, you don't need this all of this equipment but it helps to grow your collection over time, so that you can expand what you can do in photography, as well as make your photography life easier. The best piece of gear you can use is your creative mind. Train your creative brain by taking photos every day as well as stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a photography project you'd never usually try out.
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