Essentials: The Street Fashion Blogger

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Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend. 

They appear all over the web: street fashion blogs and images are the thing of Tumblr and Instagram amongst many of the images that you see on Pinterest. The street fashion world is one of finding cool locations out in the busy streets of a city and capture a moment that looks candid. And to do that, you don’t need the most sophisticated of gear. However, the details and a vision can surely help.

Pentax K3

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The latest flagship DSLR from Pentax is more than capable when it comes to taking pictures. Along with some autofocus revamps and Pentax’s lineup of highly underrated lenses, the K3 will give you pretty much everything you need. The camera has a special sensor that lacks a low pass filter; therefore also making its images sharper.

That translates into less post-production work and more time to upload to your favorite blog host.

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Pentax 43mm f1.9

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Pentax has always worked with different focal lengths than most manufacturers. Back in the film days, the 43mm lens was made because it provides a true normal field of view. But on the company’s APS-C sensor cameras, it renders something a tad longer between normal and portrait.

This lens was recently redone to have HD coatings and to improve the image quality overall. When it comes to versatility, it’s the lens that we recommend the most.

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Peak Design Capture Pro and PRO Pad

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We will totally admit that sometimes working with straps can be annoying since they can get tangled up pretty easily. To avoid that but still have total security of your camera, we recommend the Peak Design PRO Pad along with the Capture Pro. The pad helps give you extra comfort when the Capture clip is mounted to you. Make sure that you mount the two properly though, we didn’t the first time around..

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Pro Tip: When shooting portraits, try not to cut the subject off at the joints. Always go in between them.

Pro Tip: When shooting portraits, try not to cut the subject off at the joints. Always go in between them.

Holdfast Gear Photo Belt

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A stylish yet functional camera belt, the Holdfast Gear Photo Belt has eyelets that come with a separate leash for you to be able to mount things like a flash soft case and lens pouches. But on top of being stylish, it actually is quite durable and will mesh perfectly with the PRO Pad.

Buy Now: B&H Photo

Brooklyn Industries Tote Bag

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If you don’t always want to bring a camera bag with you, we recommend bringing something stylish yet functional. Granted that you won’t have a lot of gear on you, the Brooklyn Industries Tote bag is a great choice as it is comfortable, easily accessible, can protect your gear quite well, and you can even stick a laptop in here with ease.

Buy Now: Check Brooklyn Industries for availability

Pro Tip: It's always a great idea to bounce a flash off of an area. But mind the color of said area. Bouncing a flash off a red brick wall will render red light onto your subject.

Pro Tip: It’s always a great idea to bounce a flash off of an area. But mind the color of said area. Bouncing a flash off a red brick wall will render red light onto your subject.

Lumopro LP-180

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This brand new flash is a fully manual and very affordable hot shoe flash that isn’t really designed to be used in a hot shoe. Instead, you’re supposed to used it off-camera in a strobist style. It outputs a ton of light and has a couple of subtle design improvements like a tripod socket on the side of the flash for easier mounting to a stand.

We recommend that when you’re out in the field, use it as a small kicker light or as a hair light.

Buy Now: Amazon

PocketWizard Plus III Transmitters

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If you’re looking to trigger your Lumopro flash, then PocketWizards are your best bet. They’re incredibly reliable, fairly affordable, and simple to work with. Though their Plus X siblings are even simpler and more affordable, the Plus III triggers will give you more versatility should you want to get more complicated with your lighting setups later on.

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