Beginners Camera Gear

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

STEP 1: PICK OUT YOUR CAMERA AND LENS

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!


STEP 2: ACCESSORIES YOU WILL LOVE

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  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.

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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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