Hey all you aspiring photographer!
When I was starting out, I had NO idea what kind of equipment to buy. Yes, there were many reviews on different types of camera but I had no idea what the heck they were talking about. I’m here to make purchasing a camera SIMPLE! Forget purchasing camera kits from stores and follow this guide instead.
Read now and thank me later 😉
First, you need a body. Make sure you are purchasing a DSLR. My first body was a Nikon D5000. It served me well for 4 years and I highly recommend starting with a similar type of body if you’re starting out in photography. It will be a great camera while you gain experience. This type of body is a crop-sensor camera. Basically, it means that it will crop your images automatically. So if you have a 50mm lens, it’ll feel like you’re photographing with an 85 mm lens instead. Here are some great starter bodies:
Nikon: Nikon D 5300
Canon: Canon EOS Rebel
Sony: Sony A6000
Second, you need a good lens! This was the GAME👏🏻 CHANGER👏🏻 for me. After I upgraded my lens, I understood why I wasn’t getting the results I was hoping for with my previous lens (18-55 4.5 mm). The lens that come in the kit are cheap, their apertures are too high ( doesn’t let you make the blurry background) and the focus was terrible. If you don’t invest in your lens, you’ll always take crummy images🤷🏼♀️. Again, remember, if you are purchasing a beginners camera body, it’ll most likely be a crop-sensor camera. Keep this in mind when deciding what type of lens you want. The smaller the number, the wider the image. The larger the number, the tighter the image. Here are some examples:
Sigma 24 1.4 mm: Very wide. Great for large groups, tight spaces, and landscape.
Nikon 50 1.4 mm: Natural. Love using this on couple and family portraits. This was my first lens and I loved it. However, on a crop sensor camera this is more of a 80-85 mm lens.
85 1.8 mm: Can get nice and close up shots. Love this for bridal portraits or senior portraits. Great for details or intimate moments. I would not recommend starting with this lens as it is too close for most sessions (especially on a crop-sensor camera.)
Here are some lens I would highly recommend starting off with:
Once you have your new equipment it’s time to practice👏🏻, practice👏🏻 practice👏🏻! Your next step would be learning how to shoot in manual mode and setting up your camera. If you’re struggling, hit a sister up for a 1-1 class💁🏼.
Hope this helped & happy shooting 📷
-Joanna & Brownie 🐶
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