Cameras & Lenses
DSLR: Canon 60D Canon 18-135mm F/3.5 Canon 50mm F/1.8 SLR: Pentax K1000
The first thing I want to say is; equipment isn’t everything. I mean of course it helps. But your camera and lenses are a tool that you use. Buying a more expensive camera will not necessarily make you a better photographer.
For the past 4(ish) years, I was using a Canon Rebel T3i. It was definitely limited in many ways, but I made it work. And in all honesty, I didn’t even know how limited it was until I upgraded. I used (and still use) very basic lenses. When I was using my T3i I used an 18-55mm F/3.5 kit lens, and a 50mm F/1.8. They are both definitely on the lower scale of lenses, but I was still able to take shots that I LOVED with them.
My next lens “upgrade” was to the more advanced kit lens (18-135mm) that came with some of the higher end cropped sensor cameras. I found it at a secondhand digital store for only $200. That was honestly a pretty great upgrade from the 18-55mm that I was previously using.
I decided that it was time to upgrade my camera body for the coming year as I’m doing a photography program in college and I would like to get the best use out of my camera. I found a Canon 60D which is the camera that I use now.
So at the moment, I use my Canon 60D, and 50mm and my 18-135mm lenses. (GREAT camera, btw.) But I have a confession: I still envy photographers who have better equipment. Many photographers swear by having a full-frame (mega-expensive) camera, but that just isn’t in my college budget. It’s so easy to see what other photographers have and use, and wish I could have the same. And here’s the thing… someday I will!
The reason I’m rambling on about this is because I want you to know that you don’t need to start out with the most expensive equipment to start out as a photographer. You can find DSLRs for as low as $300 and it’s a great way to start and figure out if you really love photography. You’ll work your way up to the bigger & better cameras and lenses later!
Photoshop is my go-to. I feel super comfortable with it and I’ve built up quite a bit of knowledge over the years. However, I occasionally use Lightroom because I know that it has its own benefits and tons of photographers prefer it to Photoshop. I’m subscribed to the Photography package of Adobe Creative Cloud. I’m hoping to learn more about Lightroom in the near future.
The best way to learn about editing is through YouTube tutorials!
Here are some of my faves on YouTube:
- Peter McKinnon
- Jessica Kobeissi
- Brandon Woelfel (Doesn’t do tutorials but is AMAZING for inspiration.)
I hope you enjoyed this post, and please send me questions through my contact page, and I would love to write more posts to answer any questions you may have!