Ideal Camera Gear for the Beginner Photographer

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Ideal Camera Gear for the Beginner Photographer

Whether you just want to get into this hobby or you want to try your hand at starting your own business with family shoots and wedding photography, the right gear is crucial. There is an abundance of information available on the internet, however, I have narrowed it down to a few essential items

Camera Bag

Camera BagsThis is almost as important is the camera itself. Investing in a good bag will do quite a few things at the same time:

  • You need to protect your camera and lenses, this is the number one priority. Ensure that the bag is waterproof as well in the case of a downpour.
  • Ensure that the bag has good straps. You are going to carry this baby around for a while, you do not want it digging into your shoulders.
  • Look for a bag that has a few sturdy compartments. When you’re on a shoot, you don’t want to be fiddling around with zips and pockets to try and find batteries or SD cards.
  • Have bum bags gone out of style? I am not sure but when you need to quickly access things like batteries and SD cards, this will be your best friend.

Camera Body

There seems to be quite a bit of focus on DSLR cameras, and with reason. The DSLR has been a stable for many photographers for a long time. If you are looking to do this on a professional level a top level DSLR will definitely do the trick, however, they’re still a bit pricey.

If buying new is out of your league, find out from your photography circles whether someone is looking to upgrade, and you can buy their pre-loved DSLR, which is a great option. In some fields it’s a great idea to have two cameras on a shoot, just in case there is mechanical failure or issues, or you just have a different lens on each (A lot of wedding photographers do this)

Another option is to look at the mirroless camera range. I shoot with my Fuji X-T1 and love it, it’s a great camera and is just as good as most DSLR’s. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to get some great big camera to be a professional.

Lenses

Camera LensesThis is a little bit tricky, as it depends on the type of photography you will be doing. However, if your type of photography is a little bit of everything, it is recommended that you rent a few lenses first, and make your decision from there. If you in Australia you can check out www.ozlensrental.com.au and rent a few different lenses and cameras too before you make a decision.

Tripod

Every photographer I meet that has invested a little more in getting a better quality tripod has agreed that this was the single most important photography accessory they have ever bought.

Some can seem a bit on the pricey side but I would suggest this is one area you do not want to cut costs.

Remote Release

Crucial for longer exposures at night, as you don’t want to bump your camera. Even just the slightest movement, for instance breathing or slight muscle twitch can tarnish a good shot.

I prefer a wireless remote, that way I know nothing is moving the camera during my shot.

Filters

Lee Graduated ND FiltersYou will be told UV filters work well as lens protectors, I think that these filters are useless and after 20 odd years of shooting, I have never used one, and have never scratched or broken a front lens element. My advice, don’t waste your money!

The only filters you may need is a CPL (Circular Polarising Filter) and a ND (Neutral Density) Filter.

Cleaning Kit

Make sure that you don’t use just any rag in the house to clean your lenses as lint and dust could find their way inside your lens and you may damage a lens this way. Rather opt for a good quality cleaning kit.

Anything Else?

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below if you have a suggestion of what else a new photographer may have to think about when getting into this as a hobby or professionally.

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  1. Yaasmeen Abbasi on

    I like your article. May I humbly suggest spare batteries & lots of SD cards|film & paper + pencil to make writing of picture thoughts when they come.

    May you and your family be blessed.

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