I Want to Learn Photography This Year | Camera Equipment Recommendations for Beginners


Whichever camera brand you start with, will most likely be the brand you stick with. I started with Canon and am the most familiar with this brand. However, I know many amazing Nikon and Sony photographers as well. So in my opinion…you can’t really go wrong!

The equipment I recommend below is my personal favorite due to quality and affordability. I have used all of this equipment and so my recommendations come from my personal experience with the products.

The Beginners Bundle:

(perfect for someone just starting out and wanting nice equipment at the most affordable price point)

Canon Rebel

  • $300 price point

  • crop sensor- in very very simple terms…your image will appear closer through the view finder and more “cropped” than in a full frame camera.

  • 18 megapixel, 3 frames per second continuous shooting, 9 point Auto Focal Points, ISO 100-6400, Full HD video recording 1080p, WIFI

Canon 50 mm 1.8

  • at around $100 this is the perfect starter lens for someone who wants to be able to shoot in natural light without the need for a flash.

The Upgraded Bundle

(perfect for someone who doesn’t want to outgrow their cameras capabilities quickly, and is willing to invest a little more money into it, or wants to upgrade from their canon rebel to a nicer camera)

Canon EOS 6D

  • $1,000 price point

  • Full Frame- the lens focal length placed on the camera will not be distorted as in crop sensor cameras.

  • 20.2 Megapixel, 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11 point Auto Focal points, ISO 100-25600, Full HD video recording 1080p, WIFI

Canon 50mm 1.4

  • $300-$400 price range, this lens will last you forever and is great in low light!


  1. Stylish and Functional Camera Bag

    • I love a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag. I say the best way to learn how to use your camera is to use it every day. So, while you are learning…it is great to have a bag that you can take anywhere and no one will even know you are carrying a camera! I also prefer the cross body type bag because it is easy to have access to your equipment without having to put your camera down or put your bag down.


The padding and compartments in a camera bag is a must have!

2. Fast SD Card

  • You buy a nice camera and a nice lens, and then realize your camera is taking pictures really slow. If you come across this problem, the answer is a faster SD card! I like my cards to write speeds up to 90 MB/s. You especially want a fast card if you are photographing children and need to be able to capture a series of photos rapidly and without lag.

  • *make sure you know what kind of SD card your camera takes before purchasing

3. Wireless Remote

  • Get in that photo by using a wireless remote!

  • *make sure your wireless remote is compatible with your camera model before purchasing

4. LensPen

  • Keep your Lens and interior of your camera clean with this Lens Pen, small and portable!

5. Tripod

  • Every now and then you will find you will want to be able to take a photo without holding your camera. A tripod is a great accessory to have! Especially great to have for nature/landscape photography.

Have any questions for me? Leave them in the comments and I’d be happy to help!

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