Can You Create Stunning Portraits With Entry Level and DIY Gear?

Is having old or entry-level gear a limitation to taking good quality images? Just how good can you make portraits with basic gear and what does it prohibit? 

Having the newest and best photography equipment in the market can obviously be an advantage for any photographer. However, we all know that it's not what makes a good photographer altogether. Many photographers start with entry-level gear and already begin to show promising results that are just further enhanced by time, experience, and more efficient equipment. 

On this video coming from Filipino wedding and portrait photographer, Jiggie Alejandrino, he sets aside his Sony full frame gear to shoot with the 7 year old Sony A6000 crop sensor mirrorless camera with a 16-50mm kit lens, as well as a budget speedlite and trigger (Phottix Juno kit), a blank white backdrop, and pieces of cardboard as modifiers. He then explains in the video how the white backdrop simulates a blank white wall that is more accessible to photographers who do not have a studio to shoot in, and which of his support equipment can be replaced by DIY stands and equipment.

Alejandrino's videos on his YouTube channel are commonly instructional and demonstrative videos about portrait photography and lighting using a variety of lighting equipment. This video is a good way to show that even beginner photographers with entry-level gear can learn to execute such stunning portraits with the gear they already have and a bit of improvisation. 

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Nicco Valenzuela is a photographer from Quezon City, Philippines. Nicco shoots skyscrapers and cityscapes professionally as an architectural photographer and Landscape and travel photographs as a hobby.

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