By April 22, 2013 4 Comments

Going Hybrid On a Budget: 5 Valuable Tools for the Emerging Hybrid Photographer

For the past several years I’ve been slowly developing my photographic style into a more minimalist approach. You see I’ve been that guy who has spent thousands of dollars chasing the “Pro Photography Equipment makes you a better photographer” illusion. From the illustrious “Full Frame” 35mm dSLRs to the Canon “L” professional lenses, I have burned myself out financially and it’s taken a long time to get back on track. I can tell you though, it taught me a valuable lesson. I learned that it didn’t take a “Pro Lens” with a “Pro Price” to make a “Pro Picture”. What is up there behind my 2 eyes is far more important than any one piece of equipment. When I chose to migrate to mirrorless and become a Hybrid Photographer I knew I would be doing it with a very tight budget, but I was not afraid because I knew I could make any camera work for me.

I wanted to share my experience with putting together my hybrid photo working kit and which tools I’ve found to be the most valuable for the way I shoot while keeping within a very tight budget.

1. Panasonic Lumix G5
Great camera for a great price. You can find it now with a kit lens for under $500
Panasonic DMC-G5KBODY 16MP SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD – Body Only (Black)

2. Sigma micro four-thirds lenses
The 19mm and 30mm f2.8 lenses are an amazing value. They are currently being updated (releasing on April 14)
Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN- Micro 4/3 330963

3. Manfrotto 5 Section Photo / Video Tripod
A tool I’ve been using for the past couple of years. It’s light, it’s relatively sturdy for it’s size, an it’s a perfect match for lighter mirrorless cameras.  It’s also very affordable at $59 in big budget retail stores. 
Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Compact Photo-Movie Kit (Black)

4. X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
I take this everywhere with me. Having the reassurance that I am getting the most accurate colors possible makes this a great value. If I don’t have to spend 3 hours editing photos for proper color I appreciate that.
X-Rite MSCCPP ColorChecker Passport

5. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
The perfect match for uploading, organizing, and editing your photos and videos. It’s a tool I wouldn’t want to go without. 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

About the Author:

Steve Lynch is a portrait photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He has over 12 years of experience with photography, television and film production and engineering, and has been shooting professionally for the past 5 years. As a single father of 2 girls, he recently returned from taking 18 months off after his youngest daughter Savannah was born. He's refocusing his photography business towards a commercial / advertising direction while incorporating eProducts and Talking Portraits into his workflow.

4 Comments on "Going Hybrid On a Budget: 5 Valuable Tools for the Emerging Hybrid Photographer"

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  1. justinrphillips says:


    Another great video. I was thinking about putting a short video together showing the results of shooting RAW and using the colorchecker passport. I know there is a big push to shoot JPG but I also think it is great to play devils advocate and show what proper calibrated RAW looks like. I enjoy watching your Vlogs though!

  2. Steven Lynch says:

    Hey Justin, thank you again Sir. I would love to see what you can demonstrate. I have seen some slight changes with custom raw calibration (And I do use it). There is a large push towards jpeg shooting, and there is some really good valid points when you are mixing video and stills together. When I’m shooting some professional jobs I’m still using a JPEG+RAW, but more often I’ll just choose the JPEG files because they are that good.

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. justinrphillips says:

    Yes I have too made the switch to JPEG+RAW as my first step, I love B&W, this also gives the ability to have my B&W pics and see them in color. I am not against JPEG shooting in any way, it is more just my own fear of my abilities as a photographer.

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