Peppermint Photography by Fraidy Shimon | Monsey Photographer

recommended gear

Any camera with a manual function where you can set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO is suitable for Photography Camp 2020's Beyond the Basics Program.

 

However, to gain the most out of this course, you'll want a DSLR camera. I highly recommend that you get a camera where you can change the lens out, as opposed to one that has a set lens.

If you have a camera already, great! Use it!

But, I've also compiled a list of suitable cameras for your convenience.

 

Please note: this is not an exhaustive or exclusive list, but just a couple of cameras that are a good value for the money and that I feel would be a great asset to any budding photographer. Also note that you may choose a camera from any company, however, being that I shoot with Canon, that's what I'm most familiar with and most comfortable recommending to others.

Remember, even with the best camera: It's not always about the gear, but about how you use it. When you get the fundamentals of art and photography, you'll be able to create masterpieces with any camera.

Please note that these are not affiliate links and I do not earn any commissions for anything you buy through this list.

I've included 2 types of cameras and lenses in this list:

#1 - (Canon Rebel with 50mm 1.8 lens) - The cheapest options that will give you perfect results. They're great if you're starting on a budget, and good enough to take some paying clients using them, so you can upgrade later on once you know you'll be doing this as a business.

#2 - (Canon 5D Mark IV or 6D with Sigma Art lenses) - Full-frame cameras with better lenses. If you know you'll be doing this for business, will print large-format images, and are ready to invest right away, those are for you.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera Body

From Amazon

$289.00

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This is a camera body only. Pair with the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens (cheapest one with a nice, low aperture) or one of the other lenses recommended below.

Note that this camera is not a full frame sensor, but a cropped sensor. What this means is that you're using a smaller canvas to paint your picture on. This can mean more noise (which can make an image look grainy) and slightly less color quality when using your camera in low light situations (like at night, or indoors on a dark day).

 

That being said, there are also many pros to cropped sensor cameras. Cropped sensor cameras are usually way, way cheaper than cameras with full frame sensors, which is why many photographers start out with cameras like these. 

 

You can learn photography and take professional looking images using a cropped sensor camera, and even start taking paying clients if you invest in a good lens.

 

Also, if you love smooth, creamy backgrounds, or a nice bokeh (the little blurry bubbles that happen in the background of some professional images) you can achieve more of it on a cropped frame camera, than with the same lens on a full frame camera. This means you can also get away with cheaper lenses than you would be able to use with a full frame camera.

 

Here are a couple of articles you can read on the difference between cropped and full frame cameras:

Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras - SLR Lounge

https://www.slrlounge.com/workshop/crop-vs-full-frame-cameras/

Is it Time to go Full Frame? Pros and Cons

https://digital-photography-school.com/is-it-time-to-go-full-frame-weight-these-pros-an...

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

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$125.00

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50mm lens is a standard lens, and sees more or less as much as your naked eye would see from any given distance. Used with a cropped sensor (like the Rebel), it functions more like a portrait lens, meaning you'll see everything a little closer than your eye would see. But that also makes it a fantastic choice for outdoor work.

At f1.8, you'll be able to get those beautiful, creamy backgrounds we all love.

 

 If you're planning to get only one lens to start with, this is a good, cheap, versatile option, and you can get amazing images with it until you decide which other lens you'd like to add to your collection.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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On special now for $1,299.00

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This camera is a professional quality camera with a full frame sensor. I use a camera that is an earlier version of this. Many professional photographers use the 5D cameras, (like the canon 5D Mark IV) and they're superb, but I feel that investing more in education and quality lenses (rather than a camera with more bells and whistles) will give you better images in the long run.

This camera is also a bit smaller and more lightweight than the 5D's, which makes it easier to hold and handle.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

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On special now for $774.00

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This is one of my favorite lenses. 35m lense is a wide angle lens, so each picture you take sees a bit more than your naked eye would see from the same distance. At f1.4, this is considered a fast lens, which means you can blur out the backgrounds beautifully.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

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On special now for $849.00

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50mm lens is a standard lens, and sees more or less as much as your naked eye would see from any given distance. If you're planning to get only one lens to start with, go for this one - you can get full length portraits, landscapes, and close-ups if you move in. At f1.4, this is considered a fast lens, which means it can let in a lot of light, and you can blur out the backgrounds beautifully. There's also a similar lens by Canon (50mm 1.8, see above), but this one is a more expensive lens and is made better, so you'll get sharper images, better color, and less problems with chromatic aberration.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

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On special now for $774.00

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My other favorite lens! (I own the Sigma Art 35mm and the Sigma Art 85mm). 85m lens is a portrait lens. Looking through this lens, you see everything closer than your naked eye would see from the same distance. At f1.4, this is considered a fast lens. Also note, that the longer your lens is, the more it can blur the backgrounds, so you'll get awesome, gorgeous creamy smoothness with this lens. If you're planning on shooting mostly portraits, you might want to consider this as your first lens even if you're only starting with one. You can still take full length portraits with this lens, you'd just have to be standing further back.