How to find the best and affordable photography essentials for beginners

Not sure what type of photography gear you need?

The only 8 simple questions you need to ask yourself to find not only the photography essentials for beginners, but will give you some great tips to get you started. Take my Quiz to reveal all your answers.

We all started with the same thought.

“I want to start taking great photos. What camera do I need?”

And we all concentrate with the wrong question. You need to ask what type of photo do you want to achieve. Which you should have an answer for very shortly, and what essential features you’re looking for which each of the following categories to achieve the best photography gear for you.

Camera –

Whether you’re just starting out on your mobile, entry level DSLR or going pro. Your priorities  will vary depending on your goal, and what type of photography you are doing? For kids, I recommend a durable camera that they can learn on before moving to an entry level DSLR. Check out, Easily the greatest family cameras you’ll want now. 

First off don’t dismiss the power of learning photography on your phone, and learn why your phone is awesome. However, if you’re determined to start on a DSLR, I personally recommend the Canon 200D. 

You can’t go wrong with a Canon rebel.

Lens –

All lenses are not equal.

Prime –

Prime lenses are a fixed focal length. That means that if you choose a 35mm lens, it will ONLY give you a 35mm perspective (meaning you can’t zoom in and out).  You can only shoot from one length, meaning you have to move your physical body to get wide shots vs close ups. They usually deliver sharper images than zoom. And once you get started they are easy to use. It’s all about getting used to them. Because they are a static focal length, the only way to zoom in and out is to move with your feet. At first this feels like a massive inconvenience but it’s not. It’s a great way to learn how to stop and think about your image. The biggest downside to prime lenses is that you’ll need to carry multiple lenses around with you.
Recommended: 50mm 1.8 are the cheapest and most versatile one to get you started.


Wide –

Wide lenses are self explanatory, they give you a wider field of view. The lower the number the more of the view you’ll fit into the frame, however they tend to suffer from lens distortion. Which can be significant at close range.


Fish eye –

Fisheye lenses 8-24mm are basically ultra wide angle, great for abstract images


Zoom –

Unlike Prime lenses, zoom lenses allow you carry multiple focal lengths with you at one time, making it easy and fast to take multiple images at various focal lengths, while staying in one place. The most popular zooms are 24-70 and 70-200mm. The downside of these lenses are that they are heavy and to get a fast lenses (wide aperture) are expensive.


Telephoto –

At the higher end of the focal length 70-300mm, 400mm, or even 600mm, these are known as telephoto lenses and can be either zoom or prime lenses. While being great for long distances, they require a stationary position and a tripod.


Macro lenses are used to capture precise detail. Typical used for extreme close ups, they are awesome for food photography.

Essential Accessories

Spare memory cards, batteries, and a tripod pod.

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