Whether you’re a beginner in photography, or a seasoned pro, having the skill and the determination is only half the battle. Equipment is one of the main things that will distinguish the beginner from the pros, and so for your benefit, we’ve comprised a list of the must-have equipment. Go directly to Amazon.com for more camera basics, click here Even if you already have a studio, take a look see. It may be time for an upgrade, or some surprisingly affordable products for on-the-road.

Best Camera for Beginners

photography basics - fujifilmFirst on our list, and a must have for any photography, a camera. We want something that’s durable and functional. Durable meaning that it can survive a short fall, or has parts available if it doesn’t. Functional meaning that the buttons are in typical or average locations (taking a picture may be difficult if the shutter button is at the bottom of the camera). Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Digital Camera Coming with a USB cord, batteries, and a memory card, we recommend the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Digital Camera. Useful for all occasions, and at an affordable price, this camera is know for it’s simple easy-to-find button placement. The only complaint is that the card holder is behind the batter pack, so if your memory card is full, you will need to turn off the camera to replace it. A lengthy process, but the rest of of the features still make this our camera of choice.

Protect Your Equipment

photography basics - rainsleeveSecond on our list, a must for the on-the-go photographer is a rain sleeve. Not many people think of this because several photographers stay inside for their photo shoots, but if you’re out and about or even just considering it, this will be a worthwhile purchase. We recommend the OP/TECH USA Rainsleeve – 18-Inch. OP/TECH USA Rainsleeve – 18-Inch (2-Pack) The low-cost may seem suspicious, but you definitely get the bang for you buck. Reusable (as long as you don’t stab it or anything) and offering protection from rain, snow, and sand. As an added bonus the rain sleeve can fit in any purse or camera bag.

 Getting the Light Right

photography basics - neewerNext, the light reflectors. Every photographer needs light reflectors to help soften or add warm tones. For this, we’ve approved of the Neewer 110CM 43″ 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector. This is Five discs that easily fit into one carrying case. While many people have reported that using them for an extended time can cause the edges to curve slightly, that’s to be expected. Neewer 110CM 43″ 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector The cost, the quality, and the fact that even then they are still functional makes this something to think about. With the added fact that people have reported using this product for years, and having their light reflectors still working grand, definitely makes this a worthwhile purchase.

Getting Totally Set-Up

photography basics - cowboystudioAnd last, but not least, a photographer needs a set-up. After searching long and hard, we’ve all agreed that CowboyStudio Photography/Video Portrait Umbrella Continuous Triple Lighting Kit with Three Day Light CFL Bulbs, Three Stands, Two Umbrellas, and One Carrying Case For Product, Portrait, and Video Shoots definitely handles all of our needs and more. CowboyStudio Photography/Video Portrait Umbrella Continuous Triple Lighting Kit The entire kit only takes minutes for set-up which makes it ideal for beginners. The lighting has been described as perfect, and even those who had issues with the lights that come with the package (saying they were a bit soft for their liking) were delighted to find that other bulbs could easily be used as well.   So there you have it. Four items that all photographers, beginner or pro, should have in their possession. A camera, a rain sleeve, light reflectors, and a set-up. So what are you waiting for? Time is passing you by. There’s so many moments to capture on film, and having proper equipment is half the battle.

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