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It can be daunting to find a good place to start for novice photographers or those who have absolutely no experience but want to take up the craft as a hobby or profession. What type of cameras are the best? What is all this different gear? What subjects are best to shoot? These are all legitimate and intimidating questions for first-time photographers. For those of you who have the photography bug, but literally don’t know your lenses from your tripods, take a deep breath. We here at Lumoid have got you covered with the best cameras and gear for beginner photographers, plus a few tips to help get you out there taking photos as quick as a clicking camera shutter.

Cameras & Gear:

Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera Body

Canon EOS Rebel 

The highest resolution Rebel to date, the Canon T6i with newly designed 19-point all cross-type autofocus system and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity is an advanced camera that’s easy for beginners to pick up. Camera body includes camera strap, 1 battery, 1 charger, 32GB SD card and SD card reader. Pair it with the sharp and versatile Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, the company’s best-selling lens!

Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera Body

Nikon D3300 

This mighty little Nikon is great for novices! It’s small size, and super fast AF make it perfect for everyday use, and beginners looking to stretch their photo muscles. Camera body includes camera strap, 1 battery, 1 charger, 32GB SD card and SD card reader.

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera

Sony Alpha

Versatile and advanced, the Sony a6000 can be tossed into your bag and fully ready for when you want to shoot amazing photos and videos on the go. Camera body includes camera strap, 1 battery, 1 charger, 32GB SD card and SD card reader. Pair it with the Sony 35mm f/2.8 Lens for instant shooting.

Fujifilm X100T Digital Camera

Fujifilm X100T 

This lightweight, rangefinder-style camera produces incredibly sharp images and is inconspicuous – perfect for simple and accessible point and shoot photography. Sling it around your shoulder and take it everywhere you go! Camera body includes camera strap, 1 battery, 1 charger, 32GB SD card and SD card reader.

The Freshman Kit

The Freshman 

The perfect beginner’s kit! The Freshman will get photography newbies out shooting in no time with a wide and standard zoom lens, paired with Canon’s smallest DSLR, the EOS Rebel SL1. This kit will have you completely prepared for your first photography class!

Nikon Newbie Kit

Nikon Newbie Kit

Designed for the beginner in mind, the Nikon Newbie kit includes an entry level Nikon DSLR, a sharp wide angle and a perfect portrait lens to set you off in the right direction!

Beginner’s Photography Tips:

Photography Tips

1. Start Small

You don’t need the fanciest, most equipped or advanced camera initially. When you’re starting to take up photography, a simple DSLR camera like some of the options above are perfect starting points to help get you acquainted to the most standard, basic features and functions that define photography equipment and gear.

2. Take Your Camera Everywhere

You never know what might inspire you, so always having your camera by your side is imperative when you’re just starting out. Finding things that you want to capture will help you develop a sense of style and get you thinking about the types of subjects you’re interested in so you can perfect your craft down the road.

3. Shoot, Shoot, Shoot

Practice makes perfect right? Even if there’s nothing particularly eye-catching in your surroundings (like when you’re sitting around your apartment), whip your camera out anyway and start taking photos. This will help you look at familiar, ordinary objects in new ways, and translating that into your photos is the best way to get better as a photographer! You should definitely be photographing something every single day.

4. Learn the Basics

It’s important to know the fundamental rules of photography, like composition and focus, for you to truly begin grasping the craft. Look up resources online that can give you tips and pointers (including our expert how-tos), or find more experienced photographers who have proven methods when it comes to different techniques. Also don’t be afraid to look at Flickr or other photo websites for inspiration or good examples of technique.

5. Experiment and Have Fun

Try out different techniques and shoot things with different settings on your camera to see what works and what doesn’t. You may be surprised at how some of your photos turn out. You’ll never run out of things to learn, so it’s important to enjoy it. At the end of the day, the best photographers are the ones who love the craft, so have fun experimenting and taking photos!

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