05. Equipment and growing your studio Karl talks honestly about the progression of his business and how he has grown his studio over the period of 20 years. He also gives you some helpful tips and tricks to help you with your own studio Comments October 11, 2017 Log in to Reply Amir Hoso Hello Karl, I’ll make it short and tell you: It was the best decision I’ve ever made to sign up for your courses. Now I have a request. I prefer photographing people and making videos of events. My equipment is for financial reasons in the lower category. I own a Canon 750D and an EF-S 10-18mm 1: 4.5-5.6 IS STM. I have experienced the following again and again. If a photographer has one, for example, 5D and a L lens, he gets the job. At many events, the organizers have nevertheless turned to me and told me that my work has been better. Good equipment does not mean good work at the same time. Nevertheless, I would very much like to improve my equipment. I have three questions: 1. I could afford a Canon 80D, 5D is for my budget unfortunately too expensive for me. Is the 80D enough or do you have a different proposal? 2. I will specialize in portrait, wedding and videos and will not do anything else. What lens would you recommend for this work? 3. Does a lens always have to be the latest model? Thank you very much Karl. Best Regards Amir October 12, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Amir, I’m not too familiar with all the different camera bodies but I would suggest any of the Canon one’s that are a full frame camera would be your best choice. Then an 85mm 1.4 or 1.8 lens for portrait work, a wide angle zoom such as the 16-35 and then a 70-200 if your budget can stretch to it. Those are the lenses I use all the time. Many of my lenses are quite old so there is no problem with older lenses if they are in good condition. January 16, 2018 Log in to Reply Bogdan Paraschiv Chapeau! February 19, 2018 Log in to Reply Gina Heaton Actually I’m more schocked that it’s only 120,000GBP. I thought the studio and the equipment was much more. It gives me a lot of hope of having this kind of space to work in. May 2, 2018 Log in to Reply Donald Mitchell I think that’s just the fitting out of the building. The camera and lighting equipment is another thing altogether. October 10, 2018 Log in to Reply andrzej karczewski Hi Karl I’ve joined today and watched few of your great courses on buisness. I absolutely loved it. I think Broncolor and/or Hasselblad should make Karl Taylor signature product line. October 11, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Ha Ha maybe they should 🙂 October 23, 2018 Log in to Reply April Melton How does one get “started” working in Papa New Guinea? Did you finance that yourself or were you working for National Geographic or something? I think it’s easy for someone to get credibility if they can just jump a plane and shoot something exotic but what if you can’t do that? I know a fella who was in the Military and basically he built his portfolio from deployments the Army sent him on but again, I think that was pure luck. October 23, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi April, I started by travelling the world living on a shoestring shooting travel and stock images and then trying to sell them. As I had some success with my work and sales I then decided to cover more particular stories and researched them and then proposed them to various magazines and newspapers as a freelancer. From this I had letter of interest but only offers of payment upon production of good quality work, so I decided to go for it and shoot and submit. I had many articles published from my work with Geo, Action Asia, American Express, Sydney Herald, Hong Kong Standard and the Gaurdian over the years. I also sold several articles to Airline inflight magazines. All of this was done by carefully researching my stories and then setting off to shoot them, not all were successful but enough were to pay my way to keep shooting. I did this for a few years and then decided I was never going to make enough money as a photographer and switched my interest to commercial advertising photography. October 31, 2018 Log in to Reply Darren George Hey So I have a 250 sq ft space right now. It is 11ft wide and 22ft long. It feels just big enough to take portraits in there, but I would like to also be able to edit and have a workstation in there. Any suggestions on how to layout the studio to make this possible – is it even possible? We’ve been thinking about various modular equipment, like maybe having fold down tables on the walls or the likes. What do you think? November 1, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Darren, of course fold down tables will save space but may be unworkable in terms of setting up your computer every time. It might be better to consider a small mobile workstation on wheels that you can move around the space. January 17, 2019 Log in to Reply Mark Mitro Hi Karl, This is super-useful and great to see the progress and effort over the years. I’ve recently made a decision to move away from my career and get closer to photography as a business, it’s an amazing journey with some ups and a lot of downs but your education programme is a game changer for me. I’d love to ask you the question, if you would go back to the opening of your studio #1 today, what would you tell yourself? What advises would you give to yourself after ~16 years? Take care, Mark Leave a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.