A question most asked by budding influencers is, what camera or gear should I start out with?
First, let me start by saying, I believe that the photographer makes the gear and not the other way around. It is very easy to get G.A.S. or Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Having good gear never hurts and it is always fun to try something new. However, photography can become a very expensive hobby very quickly so it’s best to do some research before investing in your next camera.
Being present online, in my opinion, requires you to have high quality imagery. You cannot have the same caliber of images using an iPhone alone.
Having good photography as an influencer is not just helpful, it is required.
I started off with a Nikon D3100 and received a Nikon D5200 as a gift a few years later. The first lens I used was a 35mm f/1.8G lens on each of those cameras and that little baby really creates magic. It is so versatile for so many different genres of photography from portraits to products to landscapes. So no matter your industry, more than likely you will also find value in that piece of equipment. I highly recommend that lens for anyone shooting on a “crop camera.” If you have questions on what that means just click on the link for a great blog post with more details.
Currently, I shoot with a Nikon D610. Would I love to own a Nikon D5? YES! Can I afford it is an entirely different question.
So like me, be patient and also realistic of your skills and your budget. It’s best to learn your craft before trying to acquire the latest and most expensive gear. Spending time on getting to know your camera, shooting in manual mode, and becoming passionate about photography is going to take you so much farther in the long run than a shiny new camera will. I think it’s best to only upgrade once you have outgrown the camera from a technical aspect.
Photography can be difficult to learn in the beginning and at times also frustrating. However, if you stick with it you can develop photography skills that will launch your business or influence to the next level!