Camera Buying Guide for Beginners

Before you invest in new camera gear, check out my practical tips in the articles below. Never will I advise purchasing photography equipment without having clear and intentional goals… and that’s a common mistake amongst beginners in photography.

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What is the Best Camera for a Beginner?

“What is the best camera for a beginner?” is a frequently asked question… and usually it’s from anyone looking who has been considering the jump from their phone camera to a DSLR or mirrorless camera. This may surprise you, but I wouldn’t necessarily rule out starting with a point and shoot digital camera either. They

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Questions to consider when upgrading your camera from a phone

Before purchasing a camera, consider the following: Pros and Cons to buying a Canon, Fuji, and Sony camera Why buy a Canon Camera Why I left Canon Who should consider a FujiFILM The running joke about Fujifilm cameras is that their shooters only use one lens…. and it’s pretty true. But I certainly love my

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Buying New vs. Used Camera Gear

There are times when you need to purchase brand new camera gear, and there are times when buying used is the much better way to go. Below, I’ll share the reasons I buy brand new, reasons I buy used, and examples of both cameras and lenses I’ve purchased.  I think you’ll be surprised to learn

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Do I recommend purchasing a Canon Rebel?

The Canon Rebel cameras are probably the most beginner, hobbyist, and budget friendly. Short answer: I know so many people who take beautiful photos still using a Canon Rebel EOS camera. Personally, there are photos I love from when I used these cameras! This answer used to be easy… but now it’s much more complicated.

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Will that lens fit my Canon camera?

I love following photographers for their beautiful images on Instagram, but I also fully enjoy watching their behind-the-scenes stories for their camera set ups! And then, after seeing all the different lenses they are using, I want to try new lenses and play with them! If you’re more in the market for a specific lens

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Why You Should Rent Camera Lenses

Expensive camera lenses do not always = Love.  These chunks of glass don’t always come cheap. Before buying, I almost always rent or try out a camera lens first. And so many times, I rent a lens, and I do not buy it. Why? It doesn’t fit with my style, or it isn’t really a

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Why did I leave Canon after 20+ years?

Before you get all excited, this isn’t a dramatic read… but I do think you’ll appreciate the end reason when making any choice of photography gear. Since making the switch, I have gotten the question about camera systems quite often. The difference between camera systems is a conversation I welcome!! I am not writing to

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Megapixels: What Are They and Do They Really Matter?

If you’ve ever shopped for a camera or smartphone, you’ve probably come across the term “megapixel.” But what exactly is a megapixel, and does it make a difference in your photos? Let’s break it down in simple terms. What is a Megapixel (MP)? Think of a megapixel as a tiny building block of a digital


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