Swords and fists

Just over a year after I decided to consider going into photography professionally, I’ve reached the milestone of getting my first paying client. Granted, it was someone I already knew, but you need to start somewhere, right? My client was my Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) instructor Martin “Oz” Austwick, who needed portraits to use on his websites and on social media. Here’s how it went.


Velbon UT43D

My first “accessory” purchase (i.e. not a camera body or lens) after I started photography was a tripod. Why? Mostly for the long-ish exposures I wanted to take at night, and the ability to place my camera at pretty much any height I wanted without having to squat for an extended period of time.

As for many things in photography equipment, there was an overwhelming breadth of choice, and an annoyingly wide range of prices. How much to spend? What to get (Carbon fibre, aluminium) ? I didn’t really know where to start. After watching a video from DigitalRevTV, I knew I couldn’t go for the cheapest tripod I could find, but I couldn’t afford to spend £300+ in a tripod either. So I decided to think about my needs and chose accordingly.