We’ve curated a favorites list of 10 essentials every photographer should want (or need). In our selections we spared no expense and chose some of the best of the best to outfit the working professional with only the best equipment and style available.
Brixton ONA bag
$269 – $429
ONA makes some of the most drool worthy photographer bags on the market. While most bag companies are now competing mostly in the female market, ONA strives to make both male and female happy with a variety of styles and accessories. We hand picked the Antique Cognac Italian leather version for it’s amazing looks and quality. The Brixton bags hold up to 3 lenses, a camera, and up to a 13″ laptop and any accessories like batteries and flashes you want to fit.
Nikon’s brand new D750 is the dream camera we’ve had in our mind for a few years. It features full frame, built in wifi, live viewing tilt screen, 1080p 60fps video, a fast 6.5 frames per second and Nikon’s 51 point AutoFocus system. The D750 is a perfect prosumer level camera and in some cases outshines it’s bigger brothers in the pro level series they offer. If you’re looking for something right in the middle we believe this is the perfect body to fit a cinematographer or photographer.
Bowers and Wilkins – MM1 HiFi Computer Speakers
Spending hours in front of a screen editing photos or video is a daunting task for anyone, but with the Bowers and Wilkins MM1 speakers you’ll have the best possible sound from a tiny package. The MM1’s require no sub woofer and is designed to be minimal and beautiful to your existing setup. The MM1’s use usb to convert the signal to analogue giving the dual drives the power to give incredible sound. B&W make some of the best sound products in the world, even filling the world famous Abbey Road Studios with the 800 series speakers.
Apple iMac – Retina 5K Display
4K is quickly becoming the new norm to 1080HD video, with an incredibly high resolution, Apple has increased the pixels from 4K to 5K giving the new iMac an unprecedented screen viewing experience with quality to match. While we can attest to the new thin slim line 27″inch iMac from 2013, it’s already gorgeous and simple design and ease of use provided by OSX Yosemite this is one of the best desktop experiences around for a working creative.
Red Leaf Boutique – Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets
$30 – $120
2015 has been all about vintage modern and Red Leaf Boutique offers a great selection of film inspired Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets. With these you can create a vintage film look from any digital photo in just a few seconds. Offering a variety of film styles, you can find something for the style you’re trying to create with black and white or color photos.
Eye-Fi 16gb Pro SD Card
With today’s technology nearly everything is trying to be in a connected world, and now SD cards have built in wifi, which can directly upload any photo you take to your local mobile device or computer. It has a 30ft range with a N router, but can go the distance a bit further depending on your signal strength and distance. This card definitely makes shooting in backdrop or studio settings where photos need to be directly seen a breeze.
ProPhoto Website + Proofing
$199 – $398
ProPhotos do it yourself ease and customization options make this one of the best website templates on the market. It includes a great responsive mobile view, and with the additional proofing plugin it’s truly a one stop shop at an affordable price for photographers and small businesses.
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
A good 50mm should be in everyone’s camera bag, they’re a great all around fixed prime lens and handle any sort of situation, but fixed primes are primarily used for portrait photography. Nikon’s 50mm has a silent wave motor to keep the noise down, lightweight body, and full frame capability.
Lexar Professional Workflow Card Reader Hub
$27 – $300
Lexar is one of the premier memory card makers out there, along with sandisk. The Professional workflow hub allows you to buy what you need as you need it. The individual card readers (SR1, SR2) supports SD cards, while the CFR1 and CR 1, and CR2 support various Compact flash cards, there’s also a third and fourth option of a micro SD reader (UR1) and 2 external hard drives up to 512gb. Each one can be bought and used individually, but you can add them all to a bay, to have one solid component (HR1 and HR2) which use the power of USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 if you prefer. The system works really well and we recommend it based on a number of factors, including the look, speed, and versatility.
2015 Volvo XC90
Volvo is known for it’s safety innovation with a rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the NHTSA but we recommend the 2015 XC90 for it’s roomy third row, iPad like touch screen navigation, safety features, built in child booster seats, it’s gorgeous minimal design, autonomous driving features and technology. Not only does it have all the bells and whistles but you can also opt in for a premium Bowers and Wilkins sound system something we’re already in love with, and an array of trims and added technology. The perfect ride for a family and small business. Add the looks of an apple product combine to make the ride any photographer or videographer would want.