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


  1. 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

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. I think that’s just the fitting out of the building. The camera and lighting equipment is another thing altogether.


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