Starting with art photography – What equipment do you need?

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Thanks to the huge growth in popularity of digital SLR cameras the costs involved to get started in art photography can be very affordable. In most cases a simple point and click camera paired with a tripod and a clear sense of artistic vision is all you need to get started!

What camera should you buy?

The camera itself is the most important piece of equipment in your collection. For the purposes of this article we suggest going for a DSLR option due to the cost savings involved. Don’t be afraid to buy second hand either. You can find some bargains from people who were bitten by the photo bug but later lost interest.

It may be tempting to buy the most expensive camera you can afford, but we suggest aiming for a good all rounder to start with. Then get out there and take as many pictures as you can. Learn what you do best and then consider upgrading once you have found your niche.

We recommend going with either a Canon or Nikon camera body because these brands are going to be around for a long time and you can easily add to the basic camera body with more professional lenses in the future.

Buy a tripod

The importance of using a tripod should not be underestimated. After the camera itself, this is the next piece of gear that we recommend buying. The difference between photos taken with a tripod and hand held photos is very noticeable. To enhance the benefits even more you can use the timer function of your chosen camera.

Lighting requirements

Please don’t use the on camera flash. It will make your images look amateurish and washed out. Try to use natural light as much as you can when starting out.

This is difficult! Can you just give me a shopping list?

Alright then. This is the bare minimum we recommend to get started on your art photography journey:

  • A tripod
  • A decent brand name DSLR camera body
  • A 50mm 1.8 lens (often included with basic camera kits)
  • A light reflector. Make it yourself using a big sheet of white board.
  • A notepad. Keep it on you all the time and keep notes on photo ideas and locations for your next shoot.
 
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