Top Entry-Level Equipment for Photographers

Published: Monday 15th October 2018

Categories: Colour Management, Lighting, Monitors, Photography

With the increasing amount of high-tech, industry-leading technology being introduced at a faster rate that you can keep up with, it’s easy to be overwhelmed in this frantic world of photography.

 

You’re in the early stages of your career and you’ve likely bought your first camera, whether that’s a compact, mirrorless or dependable DSLR, you’ve bitten the bullet and taken that first step. So, now you may be thinking how much more do I really have to spend to get professional results?

 

The good news is, there’s equipment out there that can help you create truly stunning images without breaking the bank! From trusty calibration devices that help you achieve consistently accurate colour, to pocket-sized devices that allow you to create a custom white balance in a matter of seconds; the market is full of gear that will ensure you get the most out of your images. We’ve highlighted a selection of key products that will help you to get the best results, on a low budget! Here they are:

 

 

ExpoImaging ExpoDisc, £44.99

 

A small tool with powerful results; the ExpoDisc is the only device you need to create a custom white balance, in just a matter of seconds! Whether you’re shooting in RAW or JPEG, the ExpoDisc will consistently produce perfect colour in natural, artificial and studio lighting. When reviewing the ExpoDisc, ePHOTOzine said “Overall, we saw some impressive results, even when using a camera that has good white balance performance.”

 Expo Imaging Expo Disc

 

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo, £90.00

 

Providing three photographic targets in one camera-sized protective case, the ColorChecker Passport Photo is an essential piece of hardware for photographers who are serious about colour accuracy! Simple to use, affordable and easy to take on location, the handy device is the ideal way to get accurate colour when shooting on-the-go!

X-Rite Colorchecker Passport

 

BenQ SW240 Pro 24in IPS LCD Monitor, £399.00

 

Whilst a £399 price tag may not scream ‘affordable’, the SW240 is one of BenQ’s lowest-priced monitors that delivers big results. For enthusiasts starting out in their photography journey, the SW240 is ideal for those looking for a more affordable addition to their workflow that doesn’t take up too much space on their desk. When reviewing the monitor, Photography Blog said; “You could easily be forgiven for thinking that the BenQ SW240 is more expensive than it is, putting in an excellent performance directly from the box.”

BenQ SW240 IPS LCD Monitor 

X-Rite Colour Starter Kit - ColorMunki Smile and Mini ColorChecker Grey Balance Card, £89.00

 

As the title suggests, the Colour Starter Kit is designed for beginners starting their colour journey, looking to achieve and maintain perfect colour. Priced at just £89, the kit includes the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile for perfect monitor or laptop calibration, and the Mini ColorChecker Grey Balance Card, a pocket-sized device that ensures your camera exposure will be just right, every time.

ColorMunki Smile and Grey Scale Starter Kit 

PChOOD Monitor Hood- Pro, £71.44

 

When editing photos, especially on a bright day, sunlight can be your worst enemy. What’s the point in using calibration devices, alongside your photo-editing monitor, when harsh sunlight interrupts your display? The PChOOD is the ideal and professional way to shield light from your monitor display, providing an optimised and accurate working environment.

 PCHood Monitor Pro

 

 

Rotolight RL48-B Stealth, £77.24

 

Awarded Best Value LED Lighting Product by the British Journal of Photography, the RL48-B Stealth is easy to use, fast to set up, and great on location or in a studio. The handy LED light delivers ‘Flicker-Free’ continuous light with excellent colour rendering, providing soft diffuse lighting with the classic ‘ring-light’ effect; perfect for portrait shots.

Rotolight RL48 Stealth 

These are just a small selection of the products we think are essential to photographers in the early stages of their career! Head to https://gb.colorconfidence.com/ for our full range of products!

 

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