There are a lot of things to think about when you want to start out in the photography world. It can be a bit daunting and there are a lot of things you might not know you need. Not to mention that there are so many cameras, lenses and accessories it can all get a bit confusing. Below we will go over what you should look for before you go out and buy your own photography equipment. Hopefully, after reading this article you feel more confident in choosing the right photography equipment for you.
1. What Do You Intend on Using the Camera for?
This is something you should think long and hard about. What is your overall goal? You should make a list of all the things you wish to achieve so you can narrow down what kind of camera and photography equipment you should have, be it tripods, storage solutions, battery charger, memory card readers, camera cables or straps. Think about whether you want to shoot portraits, fashion, food or landscape photos. Some other things to consider is whether you will be carrying your camera around a lot, what kind of budget are you on, and what other features you may need. Answering all these questions before buying a camera will help you narrow down what you should buy.
2. Do You Already Own Equipment?
If the answer is yes, you should check if what you own is compatible with what you want to buy. If some of your equipment is still compatible like you memory cards, filters, batteries and so on, then you should consider buying a camera without all of these things so you can save some money.
3. Invest In a Good Lens
Having a good lens is crucial and it can make your photos come out amazing. It helps with adding sharpness to your photos, it also helps you take better photos in low lighting. While most people use one camera during a photo shoot, you will probably want to change the lens a couple times. This is a collection you should work on and you should try out different ones constantly so you can find lenses to add to your collection.
4. Figure Out a Budget
Make sure that you include any extras you might need to pay for as well. Most cameras don’t come with everything – you need memory cards and spare batteries. These are things you should also budget for that often go unforgotten. Don’t forget that a good memory card is crucial if you plan on shooting a few frames in a row. You need your camera to be fast for that as well as the memory cards writing speed.
5. Read Reviews
Before you commit to buying anything, make sure you read some reviews of people who have purchased these items before you. You can find plenty of reviews online either by searching for a particular product or by looking at the review and comment sections on websites where these items are available to purchase. This is a great way to know how these cameras and lenses actually work. You can also find great forums where people discuss what they have achieved with these pieces of equipment.