When I first started blogging 4 1/2 years ago (Whaaaat?!) I decided I wanted to invest in my first DSLR camera. (Actually my husband, and at the time boyfriend, bought it for me!) I wanted to slowly teach myself to shoot manual and learn a little about the equipment so that by the time I had kids, I could take my own high quality, framable photos without having to pay for a photoshoot every 3 months. Yes I was thinking that far ahead!
So far we haven’t made any huge purchases as far as camera equipment goes, we’ve just made smart purchases over the years to make my photography a little bit better. We’ve had to keep it affordable, but one day I will finally upgrade my camera to one of the big boys! But for now, this is my trusty list of beginner camera equipment! So far, this is all I use! And I love what I’ve come out with while using it!
Beginner Camera Equipment:
1. Canon Rebel t3i (Although it looks like a Canon EOS Rebel T6i is the latest version)
This is a great beginner’s camera! I still use it and have just bought new lens whenever I am looking to upgrade my photography.
You should almost just plan on buying this when you buy your camera! It upgrades your photography so drastically with a very affordable price! I so far have just chosen to purchase prime lens because it gives you that better photograph without the hefty price tag you would have if you bought the same quality zoom lens. This is my favorite lens if I am able to step back far enough. It’s great for portraits, for food photography, and anytime you are in low light situations.
This is the one that typically stays on my camera. It’s more zoomed out than the 50 mm lens so it’s a lot easier to get more in the frame. This makes it really nice indoors with two kids.
Never, I repeat NEVER, use that flash on your camera. It gives horrible shadows and an awful unnatural light. Before I had this external flash, I always opted for a potentially blurry photo by setting my 50 mm lens to the highest aperture and a super slow shutter speed. But then my family photographer recommended this external flash and it’s been a game changer! Not only does it light up the room in a better way than that pesky camera flash by flashing off the ceiling instead of directly on the subject, but it made it so that I no longer get grainy faces when I have a backlit photo. If I have a window behind my subject (aka my kids…) I throw flash on my camera. I still have the natural light from the windows, but I can light their face up with my flash!
Now you could do a self timer, but a remote is soooooo much better! A self timer means you have to run and get into place (and when you do that I highly suggest you have it set to take at least 5 photos in a row in case someone blinks or isn’t ready!) but a remote means you can be in the moment and just press a button, or all ready for the photo and just click!
I bought a cheap tripod, and you know what? It works! It shrinks up nice and small, so I can grab it when we got to IU for our family photo. Plus I pull it out all the time at home when I just want it in the corner to capture a time I love with my girls.
7. Camera case
I bought a simple padded insert that I can put in any put in any purse for easy transport when I need my camera. I just hate the idea of a federal case that a camera bag makes photography.