Photography can be an expensive hobby and if you’re not careful you could invest in the wrong gear. Most photographers have at least bought something that they regret. Whether you’re a beginner or a photography expert, our OnlyFans buyer’s guide will ensure that you invest your money wisely so that you can take the best photos.
An entry-level camera is a great starting point for those who are new to photography. While these cameras may not come with all the bells and whistles as professional cameras do, these cameras will still provide you with gorgeous photos at an affordable cost.
This camera is featured on every “best camera” list for a reason. It’s cheap, well made and handles like a dream. Holding a DSLR camera can be daunting at first, especially if you’ve never used one before, but this camera comes with an interactive ‘Guide’ shooting mode which teaches you everything you need to know on how to use your camera. For a camera so inexpensive, it boasts a whopping 24-megapixel sensor that delivers crystal clear images. Like most entry-level cameras, the rear LCD screen does not flip, nor is it touch-sensitive but besides that, this camera gives you the most bang for your buck without a doubt!
£419.00 – View on Nikon UK
$599.95 – View on Nikon US
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 2000D
Rivalling the Nikon D3500 is the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 2000D. The differences between the Nikon model and this one is fairly marginal. The main difference is its user interface and personally, we find Canon’s interface more user friendly. This Canon model also features an ‘Intelligent’ full auto shooting mode which does all the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is point and shoot.
£469.99 – View on Canon UK
$449.99 – View on Canon US
Delving into mirrorless territory now is the Sony A6100. Unlike DSLR cameras, this camera has no mirrors. This means that the viewfinder is a small electronic screen that displays exactly what your photo will look like before you’ve even taken the picture. This allows for less trial and error and a quicker workflow. These fancy new features do come at a cost though as this is the most expensive entry-level camera on this list. It is well worth the asking price though.
£749.00 – View on Jessops
$848.00 – View on Amazon US
If you got more money to play around with then it would be within your best interest to start looking for mid-level cameras as they will provide you with even more features and even sharper images.
This camera is a nice all-rounder that’s designed for enthusiasts in mind. It has a nice continuous shooting speed of 8fps, a 51-point autofocusing system and records up to 4K of video footage. Unlike entry-level cameras, this model has a tiltable LCD touchscreen which makes it extremely agile for shooting around corners or in high places. In short, this is a fine camera for those who want something a bit more technical compared to the entry-level Nikon D3500.
£1,179.00 – View on Nikon UK
$1,299.95 – View on Nikon US
Canon EOS 90D
This camera is far superior to the Nikon D7500, sporting a hefty 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor with 4K video recording. Its features are so impressive that even professional photographers might take a gander. The only catch is it does struggle with low-light environments, but if you’re not bothered with night time photography then this will not be an issue.
£1,629.00 – View on Currys
$1,349.00 – View on Amazon US
Back to Sony and their mirrorless cameras again. This model is the most compact mid-range camera on this list, making it very portable. It’s small enough to fit in your coat pocket! Aside from its small size, this camera is perfect for sporting events that require quick shots at a moment’s notice. Thanks to its amazing real-time tracking features, this is one of the easiest cameras to handle.
£899.00 – View on Amazon UK
$998.00 – View on Amazon US
Now we’re hitting the big leagues. These cameras are pricey but with a very good reason. None of the cameras previously mentioned on this list can reach the sheer power and performance of these professional cameras.
Canon EOS R5
This camera is a powerhouse that features an amazing 45-megapixel sensor and its 8K video recording capabilities are astounding! Its Dual Pixel II AF system is one of the best autofocusing systems we’ve seen, making it ideal for almost any type of photography, from sports and action to studio portraits and landscapes. It’s simply one of Canon’s finest cameras on the market today.
£4,199.00 – View on Amazon UK
$3,899.00 – View on Amazon US
This bulky piece of hardware is one of the fastest cameras around. This camera is designed for capturing subjects in fast motion, making it ideal for sports and motorsports especially. If you want a camera purely for stills, and capturing fast action, then look no further than this magnificent monster of a machine.
£6,299.00 – View on Nikon UK
$6,499.95 – View on Nikon US
This camera may be a bit of an underdog as far as professional cameras go. But its unique vintage design is a lot of fun to play around with. Just by holding this camera, you can tell that a lot of care and love went into manufacturing this beauty. Behind its gorgeous exterior, it’s what’s inside that counts. And it’s a doozy. Sporting a 6.5-stop in-body stabilisation system and high-speed shooting capabilities, this camera is one of the best all-rounder cameras money can buy.
£1,747.22 – View on Amazon UK
$2,099.00 – View on Amazon US
Now that you have a camera it’s time to get a tripod. A tripod is key to getting shake-free still images, so you have to make sure that you pick the right one. Luckily you don’t have to break the bank for a decent tripod. As long as it’s of decent build quality and weighty then you should not have any problems acquiring a perfectly still picture.
Benro Slim Tripod
Whether you go for aluminium or carbon fibre, this tripod is great value for money. It’s sturdy enough to not be blown away by a gust of wind and it’s tall enough for pretty much every occasion. You simply can’t go wrong with this tripod.
From £79.00 – View on Amazon
From $155.95 – View on Amazon
If you’re looking for something smaller and portable then the Manfrotto is the tripod for you. This little guy sits at a measly 13.5cm making it ideal for frequent travel. Despite its size, it’s sturdy enough to mount DSLR cameras.
£19.99 – View on Amazon UK
$19.94 – View on Amazon US
Lights, camera, action! Lighting is a vital part of any type of photography and plays a crucial role in determining the outcome of your images. Without light, there can be no pictures. With so many lighting kits to choose from, it’s often hard to find the right one for you. So here’s a few we found to make your life a little easier.
Continuous lighting is very useful when it comes to product and still life photography or video. These lights allow you to visualise how your light will appear in your image before you begin shooting. These lights are perfect for newcomers, as it allows you to adjust the lighting on the fly and is more cost-efficient compared to other lighting kits.
Andoer Softbox Photography Lighting Kit
This is the perfect starter kit for anyone new to photography. This kit comes with all the basic essentials you need for a well-lit photography environment. For the price, you get three adjustable lamps, which are more than enough when it comes to still life or portrait photography. It’s easy to install so you’ll be able to set up your very own photography studio in no time.
£129.99 – View on Amazon UK
$132.99 – View on Amazon US
Neewer 2 Packs Portable Photography Lighting Kit
If you’re looking for something more portable, then this lighting kit from Neewer is right up your alley. It’s perfect for travellers and vloggers as it’s small enough to go backpacking with. Its pre-packaged colour filters are also a nice touch, so that you can change the mood for more atmospheric photos.
£55.49 – View on Amazon UK
$40.99 – View on Amazon US
This lighting kit serves as a hybrid for both continuous and strobe lighting. The Rotolight AEOS is designed for portrait and location photographers and videographers on the move. You only get one lamp but it is well worth the cost because of its impressive features, including its High-Speed Sync Flash feature, which allows you to connect your camera and act as a speed light. If you have money to splurge then this is the solution for you.
£799.00 – View on Amazon UK
$618.00 – View on Adorama
Strobe/Speedlights emit a bright burst of light which is used to achieve a motionless image. This is important for portrait photography as the subject may move ever so slightly. Strobe lights are brighter than continuous lighting kits and are much more powerful.
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash
This is the go-to speedlight for any Canon enthusiast as it is powerful and has all the features that you need in one small package. This includes fast frame-rate shooting, wireless shooting, E-TTL II auto exposure control, high-speed sync and an excellent infra-red auto-focus assist beam.
£479.00 – View on Amazon UK
$499.00 – View on Amazon US
Godox AD200Pro TTL Pocket Flash Kit
For those who are not Canon die-hards, this is the next best thing as this is compatible with all major brands. It’s small, yet powerful which makes it ideal for those who like to travel. These can be mounted or hand-held, which makes this little device very versatile.
£329.00 – View on Amazon UK
$329.00 – View on Amazon US
While the price of this one will put a dent in your wallet, you can’t argue with how powerful this monster of a machine is. Depending on what version you choose, this has the flash power of up to 10 speedlights. That’s a whole lot of light! Not only that, but it also has continuous light capabilities along with adjustable colour temperatures. It’s lightweight and cordless as well, which makes it portable and creates less hassle.
£1,287.50 – View on Profoto UK
1,795.00 – View on Profoto US
A good SD card is a tiny, but essential part of photography used for saving photos onto your camera. Memory cards differ in speed and capacity so it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Here are a few options.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128 GB SDXC Memory Card
This SD card is essentially the go-to for all photographers out there. It has a 128GB storage capacity, 170 MB transfer speed and is very affordable. Overall, it’s a very versatile card that works well with most cameras.
£37.03 – View on Amazon UK
$33.39 – View on Amazon US
Lexar Professional 1667x 128GB SDXC UHS-II Card
While the most expensive card on this list, it is also the fastest at a whopping 250 MB per second transfer speed. This is highly recommended by professional photographers for its reliability, brand and speed.
£43.19 – View on Amazon UK
$49.99 – View on Amazon US
External Hard Drives
When you’re finished taking photos for the day, you’ll need to store your photos somewhere. These two external hard drives listed below are just as good as each other and are highly reliable with a storage capacity of 2TB, which is more than enough storage space for your photos, videos and other types of media.
WD 2 TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive
Western Digital is a brand that offers outstanding reliability and build quality. This hard drive ensures that your photos are safe and secure. Its plug-and-play design allows for easy installation to all major operating systems and its compact design is perfect for travelling on the go! Bigger hard drives are available of up to 5TB.
£57.62 – View on Amazon UK
$69.99 – View on Amazon US
Seagate Portable 2 TB External Hard Drive
This portable drive is compact and will easily fit in your pocket. Setup is straightforward: simply connect a USB cable and you are ready to go. The drive is powered from the USB cable, so there is no need for an external power supply and will work on all operating systems. Bigger hard drives are available of up to 5TB.
£54.99 – View on Amazon UK
$62.49 – View on Amazon US
If you’re an on-the-fly photographer, you’re going to need a reliable means of transporting your equipment from point A to point B. Here are some of our favourite cases.
Amazon Basics – Large shoulder bag
The Amazon Basics Large DSLR Gadget Bag is a must-have for carrying your DSLR camera, lenses, and other camera accessories.
No matter what equipment you use, the removable interior can be adjusted to fit a DSLR camera body, up to three lenses, and other accessories.
£20.29 – View on Amazon UK
$28.86 – View on Amazon UK – US Equivalent
Kono Camera Backpack
This multi-functional backpack is perfect for those that require to bring lots of gear with them on the go. It features removable dividers which allow you to organise your equipment in any way you seem fit and also includes an external tripod holder which will make travelling a whole lot easier.
£29.99 – View on Amazon UK
$47.99 – View on Amazon UK – US Equivalent
VANGUARD Supreme 46F Camera Case
If you require something a bit sturdier, then this carrying case will make sure your gear is safe and secure. This case is designed to withstand extreme environments whilst also protecting the contents of your case. If you want to make sure your camera survives a hurricane then this is the case for you.
£157.61 – View on Amazon UK
$199.00 – View on Amazon US
Taking photos is only half the battle. In the right hands, the best photo editing software can take a dull image and turn it into something spectacular! Here are our top picks.
Photoshop & Lightroom
As discussed in our article on 10 Editing Tips to Improve Your Photographs, Photoshop and Lightroom are among the most widely used photo editing programs in the world. They’re advanced programs that are easy to learn and fun to play around with. For just £9.98/$9.99 a month you will have access to both of these programs which work in tandem with each other.
Affinity Photo is a solid alternative to Photoshop, as it includes most of the same features and some new ones too, including its unique live brush preview feature. This allows you to see how your brush will impact your photo before clicking the mouse button, reducing the need for undoing your work if things go wrong. Another selling point is its price tag. You can purchase this at a one-time fee for just £23.99/$24.99 and it’s yours to keep forever.
This new kid on the block means serious business. Luminar is the first image editor fully powered by artificial intelligence. The software analyses your photos and does all the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is click a button and the AI will transform a dull photo into a masterpiece in a matter of seconds. For just £79/$79, that’s a steal!
Gimp is a free open source photo editing program that includes many features similar to Photoshop. If you’re a tech wizard, you’ll be able to change the source code and make this software your own.
Photography is an expensive hobby, especially when you want to do it professionally. But if it is something you really want to get into, make sure to set a budget and do your research. Part of the fun is experimenting, seeing what works for you and purchasing the right equipment.
For more photography tips and tricks, be sure to check our article on Essential Digital Photography Tips.
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