I remember what it was like starting out as a photographer. No idea of what gear I should get. No clue about where to find information or how to improve my skills. A lot of struggle pushed me through the first few years but that inspired me to want to share my journey and my experience. I hope that no other photographers ever have to go through what I went through.
So in the spirit of that sentiment, I’m sharing my recommendations for a Photography Starter Kit. This is entry level gear that, while still costing a good bit of money, is a great baseline of where to start looking. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve purchased my fair share of used equipment over the years. This is one way to keep costs down even more.
Camera Body – Canon 6D Mark II
Way back in 2015, I started out on a Canon Rebel t5i and I worked it until the end. Then I upgraded to a used Canon 5D Mark III and eventually to the Canon R6 that I use today. I wish I’d had the knowledge of what I know now because this would’ve been my camera of choice. It is a full-frame EF mount camera which means you can use a plethora of Canon and off-brand lenses for whatever your needs are. One major downside is that there is only one card slot to record to. This means it is great for those looking to start out with portraits like seniors and families!
Camera Lens – Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
This was my go to lens for years because of it’s versatility. I was able to photograph portraits, weddings, editorials…so much with just this one lens. It took a while of me renting before being able to upgrade so this was my only owned lens for a very long time. And it was incredibly reliable even after being purchased used! If there is one single lens in your bag, I’ll always recommend it be a 50mm.
Flash – Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlight
Take it from my mistake, even if you are using something like a Canon rebel, if you are shooting in lowlight you need and external flash. My first proper wedding, I relied on the little flash that pops up on the camera. While yes it technically did the job, I would always recommend something a little stronger just in case you need it!
While there are always more and better equipment options, these are definitely my picks if I were starting all over again. Keep in mind, I was a broke college student when I started so even this would’ve been a huge investment. I never recommend going broke over equipment purchases but also remember that starting a business does sometimes require an investment. I think this is a reasonable one for a lot of people!
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