When you are first starting out, it can seem like there is so much to do just to get started on the path of following your hobby or passion. Photography equipment is no different, there are such a plethora of devices, gadgets and accessories that it can be hard to know where the necessity starts and the unnecessary want begins.
Pocket Wizards, Quadcopter drones, hot shoe, external flash kit, E mounts, Prime lens , back up cameras, ring flashes, chargers, tripods, reflectors, straps, camera bags, wireless triggers, studio lighting kits and that is not even to mention the editing, print or image protection implications.
If that all sounds like gobbledygook to you, then I am happy to say that to start in photography the only kit you are going to need, is yourself and a camera suitable to capture your vision. But even as simple as this sounds it can get pretty complicated.
Let’s take a look at some of the critical components needed to start out in photography.
At the start of your photography journey, it can be hard to realise that cameras are just tools. Cameras do not take amazing photos, people do , and while cameras are an essential tool, they serve merely as a conduit for your vision.
A professional photographer could take an award-winning photo on a disposable camera, and a novice can take the worst picture ever seen with a £2,000 Digital SLR. This highlights the point that although having proper quality equipment helps, it will not select the target of what to photograph for you.
When I was selecting my first Digital SLR camera as a teenager, I knew the choice was up to me. My parents would buy me any new camera, but I had to know which camera I wanted them to buy. I spoke to my teachers, but they all came up with different answers.
I spoke to my uncle who is a professional photographer, and he gave me the best advice. First, he told me that there is no perfect camera there is only the ideal camera for what you want to photograph , as the subject changes so will the ‘perfect’ camera. Next, he told me to ask myself 3 questions, and from the answers, I would have a short list of cameras that would work for me.
- What features do I need ?
- What kind of camera am I capable of using ?
- What do I want to photograph?
It worked! And 4 ‘perfect cameras for me’ later this formula still works . I now offer these questions to you and hope that they can help you in some way to define the kind of photographer that you want to be and thus which camera you need to support your vision.
Read more about choosing the best camera for you.
Here Are Is Short List Of Some Of My Personal Favourites.
Point and Shoot Camera
Point and shoot cameras and compact camera are light, easy to use and fairly cheap. All have automatic modes, and some have manual modes and other cool features. Great for the novice or the complete beginner.
- Canon PowerShot SX720 – 20.3 megapixels (MP) sensor, HD video, 3” LCD and WiFi
- Canon PowerShot G9 X – 20.2 MP sensor, HD Video, great low light images and very light
- Sony RX100 III – 20.9 MP Sensor, continuous shooting, fast lens and pop up viewfinder.
Mirrorless cameras are like DSLRs but without the mirror hence the name. Being mirrorless makes them as light as a point and shoot but with almost all of the punch of a Digital SLR. It also has an interchangeable lens, real-time electronic viewfinders and is full of manual and auto features. They are much more expensive than a point and shoot camera. Great for the enthusiast and professional
- Sony A7 II– 24.3 MP sensor, Fast autofocus, build in image stabilization, it is small and light.
- Fuji X-T1 – 16.3 MP sensor, continuous shooting, tiltable LCD and water and dust resistant.
Digital DLSRs are like mirrorless cameras except they have more lens options, longer battery life, slightly bigger sensors and generally a faster focus. They are big, bulky and heavy but give excellent results. Especially if you like action photography DSLRs will be the perfect companion. They are well suited to the professional photographer
- Nikon d7100 – 24.1 MP sensor, Full HD video and continuous shooting
- Nikon d800 – With a 36.3 MP Sensor, it’s one of the highest resolution DSLRs
- Canon Eos 7d mark ii – 20.2 MP sensor, high-quality photos and video
- Nikon d750 – 24.3MP sensor, shoots 6.5 frames per second
- Canon Eos 5d mark iii – 22.3 MP sensor, and dual image processor