When you are first working on your photography business, and learning about your camera, composition, lighting and all the fun stuff that comes along with photography, it can be pretty overwhelming. There are a lot of things that you need and the big downfall with photography as your craft is that it is so expensive. There are so many things that you need and just not enough money to go around.
Here are the first things you should worry about purchasing when getting started in photography.
#1. Your camera.
Well obviously in order to take photos, you’ll need a camera. I’ve mentioned in another article that you do not NEED a DSLR to get started and this is true. If you can’t afford one right now, just work with what you have, but if you want to get out there and start shooting for money, I suggest you think about saving up for one. Check out this article on purchasing your first DSLR.
I can’t even begin to stress enough to you how valuable it is to have a 5- in- 1 reflector. They are fairly inexpensive and are amazing. I use mine constantly. Reflectors help to bounce light onto the subject and also to fill in those shadows and just make the lighting look much better. I recommend this one made by Neewer. It is a 43-inch 5-in-1 reflector and works great!
you’re going to need a really good heavy duty SD card to hold all of those thousands of pictures you’ll be taking at one time. SanDisk is a great brand and here is the one I have. Eventually, you may want to upgrade to a more expensive one but this will do perfectly to get you started.
#4. A tripod.
When starting out you don’t need a heavy duty tripod that costs hundreds of dollars. This one will do fine to practice on. Once you know whether or not you’ll be needing a tripod a lot or just here in there, then you can decide which heavy duty one works best for you. But to practice with and use for long exposure, this one should work great. If you need to weigh it down, I use 5 LB dumbbells and that works great. You can use sandbags or a bag of rocks.
#5. A gray card.
If you want to learn how to get your white balance perfect in camera, you should get a gray card. This one will be just fine. I will also show you a neat trick on how to use it to get your exposure in another article. You don’t NEED a gray card. You can adjust your white balance in post processing but this is a helpful way to get your eyes used to what a proper white balance should look like.
#6. A remote shutter.
Lightroom is an excellent way to organize your photos and learn post processing. You can purchase Lightroom and Photoshop from Adobe for 9.99 a month for the photography package. It is a great deal, and anytime there is an update you’ll get it right away.
After you purchase these items and learn your camera settings, composition, and lighting, you’ll be ready to purchase your next items. I highly recommend focusing on learning the camera and lens you have to it’s fullest potential before worrying about purchasing other lenses. You can take some amazing photos with just the kit lens and the tools I have suggested.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope it was helpful. These tools should be the perfect starter kit to get you going in photography. Happy Shooting!!