There are some basic bits of equipment that will help you when taking your portrait. The first part of which will be a camera.
Don’t panic if your don’t have a ‘fancy’ camera. For this project I have put away the cameras that I usually use for work. Instead I have opted to use a Canon M10 which I bought second hand from MPB* along with a standard 18-55mm lens. If you don’t have a camera, or want to purchase one, don’t panic, your mobile phone will work perfectly.
A tripod will also help, or something to perch your camera on. Again the tripod that I am using is one that I bought from a charity shop for £3.00, so you can see it does not need to be expensive.
Now we have something to take your portrait with it is time to think about what else you will need to create your portrait.
Light is a key factor with any photography. Again for this project I am not using the studio, or my studio lights. Instead The light I have been using is from a window, you can’t get much easier that that. If you don’t have a window available, or the window is in the wrong place a lamp or a torch will be sufficient for the needs of this project. Just make sure that it is bright enough for what you are trying to achieve.
From a photography point of view that is all the equipment that you will need to capture your portrait. Don’t forget though to refer back to your notes to make sure that there aren’t any props that you wrote down.