What camera should you buy

What camera should you buy? This is a question I am sure every young or new aspiring photographer has asked at one time or another. I know for sure I see it in forums and facebook groups weekly and sometimes daily. The same answers always follow, and everyone starts naming their favorite camera brand.

Before asking what camera you should buy, maybe you should consider a few other questions first. Many people invest in equipment, only to fail at pursuing photography seriously, and then let the equipment collect dust or sell it for a major loss. I want to help you avoid this scenario by asking you the questions below.  

1. Have you done your research?

Research is the key to starting your journey into photography. Before you jump into making a purchase or investment in a camera and equipment, do your research online for ideas and recommendations from camera manufacturers. You can also check out blog posts from 2 of my favorite Photography blogs: fstoppers.com and petapixel.com. There is so much more than just taking photos when it comes to photography. Learn more about all aspects and see if you are ready to learn.   

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2. What type of photography are you interested in?

If you had a huge budget at your fingertips, what type of photography would you shoot? Would you consider doing landscapes, portraits, or weddings? All these photography types are a lot of fun but require cameras and lenses that are unique to all. Yes, you can find many that overlap when it comes to the camera body, but you will want to do your research on lenses and how they can affect your work. I wanted to do more portraits and on a tight budget, I started with the Sony a7.

3. What is your budget?

Once you have decided on what type of photography you would like to shoot, you will need to sit down and figure out a budget. I personally believe that photography can be an expensive hobby, but don’t let that distract you from jumping into the industry. My biggest recommendation would be to visit a local camera shop with some ideas in mind on how much you would like to spend. Ask questions and get recommendations from the professionals and see what they have to say.

4. Is this a hobby or a business venture?

This question can mean the difference between a few hundred dollars, and a few thousand dollars. If you are looking to keep this a hobby, in the long run, you can actually find some great starter camera kits at local electronic stores. If you leaning towards making photography more of a business or side job, I highly recommend investing in good professional equipment. Either way, just keep that in mind when making your first purchase.   

5. Have you tried renting first?

Yes, it is possible to rent cameras and lenses online before you buy. Renting allows you to try different camera kits and see what works best for you. The equipment is delivered to your door, and you simply return on the designated date in a prepaid package. You can rent from companies like Lensrentals.com, Borrowlenses.com and more.

6. What other equipment will you need?

Cameras and lenses are usually the first major purchases when diving into photography. Sometimes people are gifted cameras and you start your hobby from there. Think about camera protection with camera straps and camera covers. Also, you are going to need memory cards, extra batteries and maybe even off-camera flash units with triggers.

7. How will you edit your photos?

Shooting photos are fun, especially when you are in a cool location and you’re having a great time. What many new photographers do not think about is post-production work. Taking your photos from your camera and loading them on your computer for post-processing and editing. Many new computers can handle the job of working with RAW or JPG files, but you will need to consider pricing for photography software.

Inspire not discourage

Yes, in some aspects photography can be rather expensive. Even shooting film can be costly. Even with that fact, I still want you to find a way to fall in love with photography. It is a beautiful art form that is loved and cherished by amateurs and professionals all over the world. I hope you find this article helpful and wish you the best on your journey. So, what camera should you buy? I always recommend Sony.

My Current Sony Camera Gear

Sony A7 Camera – https://amzn.to/2FgN3L2
Meike Grip Sony a7 – https://amzn.to/2HpymuK
Sony a7ii Camera – https://amzn.to/2Fdavsx
Meike Grip Sony a7ii – https://amzn.to/2I1KdfX

My Current Sony Lenses

Sony 55mm f1.8- https://amzn.to/2HtKtTL
Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster – https://amzn.to/2qVG3Oo
Sony 35mm f1.4 – https://amzn.to/2HWumiu
Sony 90mm f2.8 – https://amzn.to/2HpRM2I
Sony 24-70 f2.8 GMaster – https://amzn.to/2r0RWTo

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About the Author:

My name is Jason, and I am a Sr. Creative Professional located in north Dallas, TX. I collaborate with creatives from all over the DFW and surrounding areas. This blog is dedicated to capturing some of these great model test shoots and collaborations, and I hope it helps you find inspiration for your own work.
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