When handling your creative works its important to use the highest quality products and materials.  Whether it’s an author insuring that her works are written on durable paper that will last in libraries for years, a dancer storing his clothes carefully and caring for his body thoughtfully, or a photographer turning to the best camera equipment and scanners for artists, it’s an incredibly important task.

Picking the right equipment is a pain, but can be worth it in the long run. This is not only your livelihood, but it’s your passion, and you should treat it as such.  Don’t rely on cheap or knock-off equipment that will inevitably break within a year or two.  It will also taint the quality of your work if you are a visual artist.

Some of the ways you can go about picking the correct equipment:

Read reviews online – There are very smart people that will evaluate products for you and give you honest opinions.  Be on the lookout for nonsense reviews that are only looking for affiliate revenue, however.

Ask Your Professional Colleagues – The best recommendations come from people in the same industry that have experience in the field you are targeting.  Ask around at work or other professional gatherings to get a feel for what the best equipment is.

Ask the Store Pro – This might seem strange but it actually works very well.  Going to a store like B&H, which has lots of experts working the floor, is a great way to get a good technical opinion on various equipment.