What’s In My Bag: The Travis Lawton Version

What's In My Bag
What's In My Bag

What's In My Bag

Just over 4 years ago, I fell in love with photography. I, much like many new photographers, fell into the gear-pit. More gear equals better images right? Not quite. One thing that exacerbated this situation is that I had a good job with good pay. For many new photographers, money is what prevents them from going out and stocking up on gear that they want. Instead, they are forced to intimately learn their existing equipment and make it work.

Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’m upset that I had the ability to purchase a lot of gear in the beginning, however, I feel it stunted my growth as a photographer. Instead of really learning how to use my gear, I would quickly move onto the next thing, the next lens. Now four years later, I have learned how to control gear-lust and how to appreciated my equipment. I’ve learned how to massage my current equipment to do what I want instead of going out and buying something that could do it better. So now that I’m older and wiser (photography-wise), what is the equipment that made the cut and constantly resides in my bag?

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The Canon Photographer’s Guide To Upgrading Your Equipment – Part II: Camera Bodies

Upgrading Your Canon Camera Body
Upgrading Your Canon Camera Body

Upgrading Your Canon Camera Body

Hopefully by this point you’ve read part I of this series about upgrading your lenses first as well as some recommendations for which lenses to purchase for whichever type of photography you enjoy the most. If you haven’t read it yet or if you missed it, make sure to read through that one before reading on. You can check Part I out here.

Okay, now that we have that point of business out of the way, we can jump into Part II of the Canon Photographers Guide To Upgrading Your Equipment; the camera body. Now that you have some good glass in front of your camera (right?!), it’s time to look at upgrading the brain of the whole system. A new camera can come with much more excitement than a new lens. One of the main reasons for this is you’re generally going to have newer technology, capabilities, modes, options, accessories, all kinds of stuff.

So, no matter what camera you’re currently using, which Canon camera should you spring for?

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The Canon Photographers Guide To Upgrading Your Equipment – Part I: Lenses

Canon Lens Upgrade Path

Canon Lens Upgrade Path

This is the first post in a series of posts that will tell all you Canon shooters out there a general upgrade path for your equipment.

You’ve probably heard the term that the best camera (or lens) is the one you have on you. You’ve also probably heard from several people who you don’t need super high-end equipment to create stunning images. While these statements can be true, better gear can make your photography life a whole lot easier. Sure you can mow your lawn with an old school push mower, but a new riding mower would probably do a much better job, quicker, and without having to work nearly as hard.

In this post, we’ll concentrate on the first item that should be on your upgrade list, the lens.

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