Getting Started with Photography

Hello guys. Quick disclaimer before I go further. I would like to admit that I am in no way an authority in the field of photography and this post is simply based on my opinion and experience working as a photographer in Lagos.

For starters, before you rush off to go buy a camera, there are quite a number of things you should consider.

Budget

I know you've watched many videos and seen different cameras, lights, equipment and so on. Calm down, take a deep breath... Cameras in general are expensive. You need to look at yourself and analyse your financial situation and honestly take a moment to decide. There is a wide variety of cameras and equipment that will not cost you an arm and a leg. The main thing is to not be in too much of a hurry. If you are really serious about photography, be patient. You could save, or get funds from whichever sources. I would advice starting out with a good entry level camera if you are looking to save cost.

Camera

Source: betacamera.biz

Source: betacamera.biz

 

Of course you need a camera. But at this early stage, you don't have to break the bank getting a Canon 5D Mark IV, you just need something that can give you great quality and at a price that won't give you a heart attack if anything were to go wrong. My recommendation, from the Canon line are the 600d, and 650d. These camera's are great entry level professional cameras, in fact I still use my 600d to this day and rent higher cameras when I need to. I've used both cameras and they are able to givve you all that you will need in a camera, without having to sell one of your kidneys. . They are able to shoot raw image and with the proper lens, you can create amazing photographs. On the downside, they mostly have cropped sensors, so you might need a little extra room when taking your photos, but that shouldn't be much of an isssue. When it comes to other product lines I would recommend the Panasonic G3 and the Nikon D3300. These are great cameras to get you started, although the panasonic maight be on the high side, but it's worth every penny. The good thing is that you don't need to buy a brand new one, you could always get fairly used ones if you can't afford a brand new one. You could search for where to buy any of these cameras on www.amazon.com or search  locally on www.jiji.ng or www.olx.com.ng 

Lights:

You might be looking up pages like Profoto, Ellenchrome, Bowens and so on. That's all lovely, but unless you have some serious financial muscles, you may want to dial back a bit. For a start, all you should need is a speedlight. Yes. Each camera brand have their own line if speedlights or flashes that could work great for you. They do tend to be a bit pricey, so it may be wise to start off with a universal flash  that could work on a wide range of cameras. I particularly like Neewer and Godox products. They are affordable and still high quality. You may also like Yougnou, but I don't own any of their products so I'm not the perfect judge. The prices for these flashes/speedlights are usually within the affordable range and they come highly recommended for starting out.

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Modifiers/Accessories:

There is a wide range of accessories out there used daily by photographers. The ones I would recommend at the beginning of your career as a photographer are a portable and durable tripod that you can carry with you to shoots. This was actually the first thing I bought even way before I got my first camera. This was because it was the only equipment I could afford at the time I decided to delve into photography. In case you didn't know, a tripod is a device on which the camera as well as it's  accessories is mounted upon. With it you can either pan or tilt your camera in other to get different movements or just keep it fixed in place. Next is a reflector to help bounce light. This is especially useful when you are in an outdoor situation or even in situations where you don't have too many lights and also to create specific looks in your photos.

So this is just my 2 cents on getting started in photography. The most important tip is to make sure you keep taking photos and testing out a lot of things.

Useful links

Canon 600d Review, Canon 750d VS Nikon D5500Nikon D3300 Review, Panasonic G3 Review