📸 Recommended Gear 📸
Just starting out? Start here.
The photo and video "gear hole" is deep... don't feel like you NEED to spend a ton of money in order to create great work. Yes, gear matters and good tools will help you do your work faster and more easily, but don't get stuck on this page.
If I was starting out again, here's what I would get:
- A mirrorless camera body, but not the latest model – There will always be a "new camera" but I generally opt for the previous model than the current flagship. They are usually marked down a bit and are still incredible cameras (currently recommend the Sony a7iii).
- A 50mm lens – Every camera brand has various 50mm lenses to choose from, and some are really affordable. They are great lenses for beginners and pros alike.
- One-light set-up – Once I have my camera and lens, I would purchase a One-Light Set-up for off-camera flash (outlined below). Everything here will cost you around $350 total.
Those are the absolute essentials in my mind. Everything else you can slowly add-on as you grow in your skills and as different project needs arise.
Cameras & Lenses for Getting Started
The world of camera gear and lenses is an endless rabbit hole– so just know that you’ll never “have it all.” But that doesn’t mean you need a ton of gear to get started taking great photos. Below are some great camera + lens combos to start with: beginning with most affordable and going up to a few more pricier options that might last you a bit longer into doing pro work.
Cameras + Lenses:
Off-Camera Flash for Getting Started
Lighting is everything– honestly. If you learn how to use even some basic lighting tools (especially off-camera flash) then you can significantly up the quality of your photography work. Here’s a simple lighting kit to get you rolling:
Sony a7r IV (primary camera)
Sony a7 IV (secondary camera)
Sony a7 C (travel camera)
- Sony FX3 (video camera)
- Sony ZV-1 (Tiktok & IG Reels)
Sony 14mm F1.8 G-Master (for interior photos)
- Sony 35mm F1.4 G-Master
- Sony 40mm F2.5 Ultra-Compact (travel lens)
- Sony 50mm 50mm F1.2 G-Master
- Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 G-Master II
No longer using, but highly recommended:
Fast SD Cards:
- ProGrade Digital 64GB SDXC, Class 10 V90 Cards (2 pack)
External Hard Drives:
SanDisk Extreme PRO 4TB USB-3 SSD, V2 (fast enough to edit RAW photo + 4K video off of, highly preferred)
- SanDisk Extreme Portable 4TB USB-3 SSD, V2 (ideal for duplicates of main drive)
Jordan’s Lighting Equipment
*Godox = Flashpoint XPLOR
They are the same brand, and both Godox + Flashpoint products work interchangeably together.
- Godox ad1200 Pro (primarily in-studio use)
- Godox ad600 Pro (primary on-location use)
- Godox ad400 Pro (no longer using, but highly recommended)
- Godox ad300 Pro (favorite strobe for travel)
- Godox ad200 Pro (no longer using, but highly recommended)
- Godox ad100 Pro (very versatile & compact)
- Godox V1
- Nanlite Forza 300-B (in-studio video light)
- SmallRig RC220-B (on-location video light)
- Godox TL30 Tube Lights
- Godox TL60 Tube Lights
Lighting Stands & Misc.