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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Must-Have Lenses For The Camera Bag.

It's been several games into the new hockey season and I've been managing to make do with the photography equipment I have. However as th season progresses, I begin to see the limitations of the equipment that I have. Also the path in my nature photography becomes a lot clearer. As much as eagles and other wildlife plays a part of my photography, I'm finding that I am leaning towards landscapes and other nature photography. Though I want to keep the 600mm and finish the payments on it (it is a definite want because I love photographing eagles and other feathered wildlife), I tend to wonder if that's the path that I should head if I want to make serious money at this venture.

The 14-24mm f/2.8 needs to be in my camera bag, not only will it allow me to take the photos of my son's team, I will be able to shoot photography for landscapes (for which a 14-24mm is a must-have lens).

The 24-70mm is more of a specialty portrait lens when paired with the Nikon DX format (which I shoot) and would mostly be used in hockey photography, but I tend to wonder where I can use the 24-70mm in landscapes. I see where it can be used - like separating a subject from the vista say a barn in the middle of a field where you want to let the viewer know that there is a barn in a field.

In all, sports photography of my son's team is a hobby...but it's the one thing that potentially could turn into a money-maker, whereas landscapes on the other hand seems to be a tough slog to get into, however, I'm determined to do what it takes to make it.


  1. In all honesty, the easiest way to make money in photography is shooting weddings.

    Sports wise, you need to find an outlet that will purchase rights for your images. Amateur leagues probably wouldn't pay and its really hard to get into professional sports photography. Hard to get paying gigs that way.

    When I shot hockey at GM place, I typically used my 70-200 f2.8. Though a prime 300 would have been nice too. I got to use a 300mm f2.8 and a 400mm f2.8 during the Olympics (borrowed by NPS) so that was pretty cool.

  2. Got my first paying gig with hockey photography. Not much but it's a start. And parents are starting to show interest.

    1. That's awesome! Congrats!
      I miss shooting hockey, well sports in general. Just don't have the time.