To shoot like a professional, you need the right gear. But with a wealth of camera and lens choices now available thanks to the rapid advance of camera technology, how do you know which kit best fits your needs?
Whether you're a graduate starting out in the industry, a keen hobbyist eager to expand your range or a fledgling pro wishing to move up the career ladder, one of the biggest elements to consider is the type of photography you wish to pursue. A documentary photographer who might need to work quietly and discreetly in a range of environments will have different kit requirements in comparison to, for instance, a fashion photographer who works in carefully set-up scenarios with professional models.
A camera's capacity to shoot video is another important factor. "It's becoming an increasingly important tool," says Canon Europe Product Specialist, Mike Burnhill. "Video is a key part of social media platforms, for example, and having the skills to shoot both stills and video dramatically opens up markets for working in the photo industry."
Here, three young pros, all specialising in different fields, and each with their own unique story of how they broke into the industry, talk about the Canon cameras and lenses they use and why they're ideal for their chosen style. They are: Nigerian fashion and portrait photographer Emmanuel Oyeleke, German-Russian documentary photographer Nanna Heitmann and Austria-based Ingo Leitner, part of wedding photography duo Carmen and Ingo. Along with their personal insights, further expert advice is provided by Mike Burnhill.