Welcome to The Lens Life Resources page, a list of products and services that we use and/or highly recommend! All are valuable tools to take your photography business to the next level.
Disclosure: This posts contains some affiliate links but only to products we use and/or absolutely love!
If you’re brand new to photography it might be worth renting a camera body and lens and playing with it for a day or two before you make a purchase or see if you have a local friend has one they would be willing to show you. That way you can play around with Nikon vs. Canon vs. Sony and see which you prefer.
If you’re ready to make the jump here’s what we recommend:
The full frame Canon EOS 6D is what I shoot with everyday, the pictures from this camera are incredible. I even had another photographer friend borrow it, one who is a huge Nikon fan, and after using it she is making the switch.
But, don’t let the price of a camera stop you from your photography career. If budget is really tight, consider starting with the Canon Rebel SL1 (or similar), investing in one good lens (50mm f/1.2 is a good start) and upgrade as you grow in your business.
On a higher end, if you specialize in wedding photography, etc., the Canon 5D Mark III’s is incredible.
It’s important to note, we recommend always invest straight away in lenses and build up on your camera body as you go. Your lenses will work with multiple camera bodies and can stay for longer periods of time whereas you will be constantly upgrading your camera body as technology moves forward.
For more lens recommendations check out the Wedding Photographers Camera Kit.
SD Memory Cards — Did you know the quality of your SD card matters? It can effect your photos so it’s worth making sure you have a good one. This is the one I use which gives me plenty of space for shoots and I always carry 2 just in case.
Strap — The strap that comes with your camera is perfectly fine but I like to add a little personality to my camera by changing out the strap. It makes me happy every time I shoot, as entrepreneurs we have a lot of stress and responsibility in our life so a little extra happy is always a good thing. I currently use an Abie Strap, I love their designs and 100% of their profits are donated to Mercy Ships and Helen Keller International. And, Lens Life readers can snag a strap at $10 off with code THELENSLIFE.
Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom — Investing in your editing tool is an incredibly important decision which every photographer needs to make. In order to make this decision, it’s important to know what you need your tool to be able to do.
Lightroom is excellent for quicker edits. For wedding photographers or photographers who are working with hundreds of images at the same time, Lightroom makes it incredibly easy to create looks and feels and be able to work on multiple images nearly simultaneously.
Photoshop is an incredible investment for high fashion photographers and product photographers – anyone who needs to work on highly detailed images. Rather than working on the look and feel of an image like Lightroom, Photoshop is more specific and allows you a completely different set of layers to work with for more intense builds.
Everything is about playing around and seeing what suits you and your style best. I suggest getting trials of each and seeing which one is the most efficient for you. Or check out their monthly cloud based plan.
- Bluehost — A website is one of the best ways to take your business to the next level. It helps you look more professional in your business and is a great way to show clients an example of your work. You can start a photography website on Bluehost for $3.95 a month. And you can also get your domain for free ($15 value) if you purchase 12 months of hosting at once. This is a small investment in the grand scheme of your business.
- Genesis — If you’re stuck on a theme, Genesis framework and themes are not only gorgeous, they are the best for SEO (search engine optimization), which helps bring you more customers. Here are 9 Best-Selling Genesis Themes:
- FreshBooks — FreshBooks is cloud based accounting software that is user friendly. Create professional invoices in seconds, the whole system is fast and easy. And it’s especially great to use if you are receiving payments through Paypal. They have an option to pay just $0.50 per transaction instead of the regular 2% to 6%.
- ConvertKit — ConvertKit is a great option if you plan on collecting and sending out emails to your list of customers. E-mails are a great way to touch base and make sure you stay on top of your customer’s minds so when they are ready for their next shoot you bet they’ll call you!
And, if you haven’t already make sure you join our Facebook group to network with other photographers and our email newsletter for tips on improving your photography.