Focus on the learning and not on the gear when starting out!.
A lot of people ask me what camera they should buy when starting out in their photography journey, I am talking about those that haven't had a dslr before. I am a canon girl and I highly suggest to start out with a crop sensor camera. They are affordable and with a good lens they can go the distance!.
The image above was taken with a Canon T2i and canon f/1.8 lens, when I was just starting out in my photography journey. The gear does help but what helps the most is learning how to utilize every piece of gear you have. You can achieve great images with just one lens and one camera. You don't need tons of lenses, accessories and spend a lot of money when starting out. You just need a camera, crop sensor or not, a good lens, a lot of practice, research and the will to learn how to shoot in manual mode.
So I asked fellow photographer friends to share their images taken with their crop sensor cameras and how far along in their photography journey they were when they took the images below. Showing how beautiful and well crafted images can be using a crop sensor camera.
Image Credit: Sarah Brown~ ©Sarah Brown Photography~ Nikon D3200 35mm 1.8G DX ~ Taken March2016
~ 1 year professional in my Journey ~ www.sarahebrownphotography.com
Image Credit: Jessica Insley Green ~ Sicabelle Photography ~ This was taken with a Canon T2i with the 18-55mm kit lens.
When you feel comfortable enough with one lens and camera is when you should start looking at adding one extra or accessory at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed. When you buy multiple accessories and lenses at a time you will not be able to take enough time with each one to truly learn how to use each accesories at it's best. Due to having to share your time between different lenses or accessories like flashes, etc.
Image Credit: Judy Hurley ~ Nikon D7000; 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 ~ Taken June 2015 ~ 15 months into my journey; 2 mos after starting ps.
Image Credit: Kelsey Freeman ~ Nikon D7000 ~ 1yr before I upgraded to my D800 ~ Nikkor 50mm 1.4 ~ Facebook.com/kelseyfreemanphotography ~ Kelsey Freeman Photography
Starting out with a crop sensor camera is not only smart but you can save hundreds that you can use to further your photography learning by having more money to spend on photography books, classes or mentoring with a local photographer. You can get a good used starter canon dslr camera body and great lens for as low as $300! New would be around $499 for the T2i with the brand new 50 f/1.8 lens. If you get the T2i bundle with the kit 18-55mm kit lens it would be $599 on Amazon. You could save up to $299 dollars buying used and $199 new. You will not only save on a great camera and lens but you will get a lens that you will be able to use for years. Rather than a lens that you will use during the first few months of the photography learning curve.
Image Credit: Michael Pohl ~ Canon t3i ~ 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II (Kit lens) ~ May of 2014 ~ 5 months after I got my first dslr, www.michaelpohlphotography.com
When I first started I was told my camera manual was one of the best resources, I was a bit skeptical!. After all, who reads the manuals?. You normally play it by ear or just search the trusty google to answer all your questions. But the reality is that your camera manual not only teaches you about all your camera functions but also teaches about photography as well. It will not be an in-depth photography manual but it does teach the essentials on how to start taking images the right way and puts you on the right track.
Image Credit: Emma Pardon ~ Canon 1200D ~ 50mm 1.8 Lense ~ One month into Starting photography ~ www.facebook.com/Emma-Pardon-Photography
As you can see from the above images kindly provided by fellow photographers, you can achieve beautifully crafted images with a crop sensor camera as long as you learn how to use your camera and lenses. The main focus should be how to properly learn the shooting basics, from reading your camera manual and having it at hand for any questions you might have. You should not only invest in your camera gear but also in good photography books, classes or mentoring session with local photographers.
Thank you to all the image contributors that shared their images and a tidbit of their photography journey: Sarah Brown, Jessica Insley Green, Judy Hurley, Kelsey Freeman, Michael Pohl & Emma Pardon.
Wishing you the best on your new photography adventure, and don’t forget to comment with your suggestions, thoughts and feedback.
Patty Schmitt is an Award Winner & Published Photographer residing in the Wayzata & Twin Cities, MN area. She specialises in fine Art Portrait & lifestyle photography.