Photography is more than creating a beautiful image; it’s about freezing a fleeting moment that will be treasured forever. I have been touched by the transformative power of photography. I believe in properly investing in it, because it is so worth it.
Investing in photography is more than camera gears. After all, having a nice camera on its own doesn’t guarantee beautiful images. Prior to purchasing my camera equipments, I invested in photography education. Hundreds of hours of classes! This training has helped me hone my skills, develop my photography style, and decide what equipments to purchase and when.
In this blog, I will answer the most frequently asked question: What’s in your camera bag? Beyond that, I will share with you why I purchased each lens.
Links to my gears & tools
Camera and Lenses
Other Photography Tools
Computer and Softwares
The lenses I love & why
50 mm 1.4
This is an excellent starting lens for a professional photographer. At 50 mm focal length, it allows us to capture the world exactly as our eyes see it. At an unbeatable price, this lens still lets you create beautiful depth of field (bokeh). This means your subjects stand out against a creamy, blurred background.
85 mm 1.4
This is a must-have for all portrait photographers. It’s crisp, tack sharp, and allows your subject to pop out of the image. Due to a higher compression than the 50 mm lens, there is an even greater depth of field that allows your subject to dramatically stand out from the background. This is, hands down, my favorite prime lens and is my go-to for portrait photography.
100 mm 2.8
A macro lens is a must for capturing all the details, such as ring shots, invitation suites, centerpieces, and other decor. But it doesn’t stop there! This versatile lens is also excellent at capturing portraits, particularly headshots and newborn photography. Due to its long focal length (100 mm) and wide aperture (2.8), it compresses its subject and makes everything look just a little bit more dreamy.
24-70 mm 2.8
This lens is crucial when working in tight spaces. This wide angle performance is also an excellent choice for travel photography. After all, you want to capture the beautiful landscape, right? As it’s a telephoto zoom lens, it can also perform the work of a portrait lens at 50-70 mm range. Even when traveling, we want some photos of us as the center of attention, right? 🙂 For this versatility, it is my go-to lens when I go on a trip.
35 mm 1.4
This lens can be viewed as the alternative to the 24-70. While it is less versatile as it has a fixed focal length, I actually prefer the 35 mm for wide angle shots. The truth is – I love prime lenses. They let in more natural light, and light will always be my priority when photographing. This is an excellent lens for in-home, lifestyle sessions as well.
70-200 mm 2.8
This lens is quite the sniper! Its ability to zoom really close to your subject means you can capture more raw, candid moments without being in the way. As discussed above, a long focal length allows for greater compression, resulting in more creamy images. Furthermore, the glass quality on this one is simply superior. It is easily my favorite zoom lens.
I hope you found this blog helpful in guiding your next photography-related purchases. 🙂 Please let me know if you have any questions at all! I’m happy to help.