I remember what it was like getting started as a photographer. Trying to steer my way through aisles and aisles of camera gear, completely overwhelmed. Trying to talk tech with the employee at the camera store and having no idea what dynamic range, F stop or the exposure triangle even meant. 

Like most photographers, I started with what I could afford, which was a crop frame Nikon DSLR and a kit lens. When I began to push my boundaries within photography, I decided it was time to upgrade my gear, one piece at a time. 

Below are a few of my gear recommendations for new photographers.

1. An Entry Level DSLR

I started out with an entry level DSLR. It is a lower investment body to learn the basics of photography and more user friendly than learning on a full frame. Here you can master the basics of exposure and manual mode. If you decide to do photography as a career than you can upgrade to a full frame, professional body. 

2. A 50mm 1.4 Lens

This is a really great focal length to get started with. The 50mm offers a similar view as the human eye. It is a beautiful portrait lens and allows you to get in close and interact with your subjects. I know some would find this uncomfortable and would prefer to stand further away and use a telephoto lens. In my experience, I found zoom lenses kept me stagnant, standing in the same spot, just relying on my zoom. When I made the switch to all prime lenses it forced me to move and capture images from many different perspectives. 

3. External Hard Drives

 Technology is great. However, it can fail at any given time. I can't stress this enough... back up your work! I store my RAW images on two separate external hard drives and keep them in a fire proof safe. The last thing you want to do is lose any client images.

4. Professional Editing Software

I have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. I do 95% of my editing in Lightroom and bring images into Photoshop when needed. I use Lightroom for a variety of tasks from culling my images to final edits!

For additional information, take a look at the article on Building a Photography Studio  from Pixpa blog. It offers some good information for photographers looking to setting up their own photography studio without any significant investment.

Let me know what tools you find helpful as a new photographer. As always, if you have any questions, ask away! 

Written on March 22, 2020