I’ve been so inspired in my Blogging Your Way class that I just bought my first fancy, non-point-and-shoot, camera! (Thank you Holly and Leslie.) After a lot of research and exploration, I decided on the Canon Rebel T2i. I went to Calumet in Cambridge last week armed with a list of all items a novice would need, thanks to my photographer brother who patiently guided me. The guys at Calumet said he should receive a commission check.
Here’s the list for any other novices out there thinking of starting with a DSLR:
- Camera w/ kit lens, lens to be upgraded after I become more of an expert (and have more money)
- lens (Canon 50mm f/1.8)
- UV Filters for both lenses. These are inexpensive and will protect the lenses.
- Microfiber cloth to clean the lenses
- 2 Cards. I went with one 8GB high speed card that would be able to store video. I’ll probably get a 16GB soon. My brother recommended 2 cards so that if one gets full, I won’t be stuck waiting for the photos to copy to the computer. If one fills up, I can just swap it out and keep shooting. That will be important especially for client shoots.
- Monopod with legs or Tripod. I’m still deciding on this one.
- Extra battery, preferably Calumet brand. Calumet doesn’t make one yet for my camera, so I’m waiting on this too.
- Camera Bag. I followed my brother’s advice and went with the super-portable bag with an additional case that I can attached to the main bag’s strap to hold the extra lens. My goal is to take pictures as often as possible, and I know that’s more realistic when everything is easy to carry and not as cumbersome as many large camera bags can be.
I was originally planning to order everything online, but I highly recommend going to a high-quality shop where they will guide you and make sure you get all the right items.
Here are some of my first photos with my new camera and photography styling skills, thanks to BYW.