I’ve always been a huge fan of photography. I remember flipping through thousands of magazines dissecting every part of a picture attempting to figure out the camera angle, lighting setups, and what equipment was used. That’s how I ultimately realized my passion. I came up with the idea to write this post in order to provide cool info for new student photographers such as myself, because it is the most amazing job in the world.
1. Finding your Camera Brand
A lot of people have multiple conflicts on deciding whether they should start off with a Nikon or Canon. This decision is a personal preference, because all brands have pros and cons that depending on the products weighs the same. If you don’t favor either, there are other brands like Sony Pentax, Fujifilm, and etc. for you to choose from.
2. Choosing Cameras
There’s a camera that fits every skill level and budget. For beginners, I would always suggest the entry level favorites which are the Canon Rebel series (T2i, T3i, T4i, T5i) and Nikon D series (3100, 3200, 5100). They help you get used to how the more advanced and full frame cameras work and they’re also inexpensive, usually ranging from $300 – $600.
Lenses are the main component when using a camera. Most will say it’s the make or break factor in creating a beautiful image. However, they can become very expensive the more you get into the craft and develop your eye. One lens that I would suggest that’s only a little over $120 is the 50mm 1.8. It creates outstanding images with the bokeh effect because of its very wide aperture.
4. Editing Software
There are a lot of creative photo editing tools in the world, but my favorites come from the brilliant creators of Adobe. I use Lightroom and Photoshop as my go-to softwares because they work very well together. The great thing is that Adobe4 made the software affordable by allowing you to pay the monthly cost of $10 to keep it and its updates without paying the full price. *STUDENTS ALSO GET A DISCOUNT!*