Best Starter Photo Gear for High School Junior

I’m a junior in high school and I would like to think that I am a decent photographer. Currently I have not taken any classes and am using an iPhone 6. What is a camera and/or some gear I could invest in? if you would like to see some of my work you can visit my page on Instagram @all_hours_are_sad_boi_hours.

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That’s a great question!

I love helping people pick out the right gear to buy for photography. First I need a bit more information from you.

  1. What’s a rough idea on budget?

  2. What are your goals with photography? Do you want to just take awesome photos, or are you looking to make it a career at some point?

  3. I see from your Instagram (nice work by the way!) that you seem to do a lot of landscape / nature photography. Is that what you like shooting the most?

Let me know and we will go from there!

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At the moment I do not have any money but I have applied at many places in my city so I should have a decent budget pretty soon. I am actually hoping on making it into a career one day. I’m very new to photography, I only started about a year ago. I usually take landscape shots but I would like to learn how to do more.

Awesome man!

I think the first thing to do would be to save up for a used camera and lens. I always recommend buying used when people are on a budget as most used gear will still last for years and years.

A fantastic starter lens is something like a 50mm f/1.4. It’s very sharp and will be with you for years even if you one day decide to make a career out of it. New it’s $350 and you would be able to get a used one for around $200 which is a great deal!

As for a camera, I would stick to something lower-end to start with. Something like a used Canon 77D or 80D would be a great starting place!

Here’s a video I made on this topic a while back:

Once you get the money feel free to send me a DM here on community and I would be happy to help you find a specific used lens/camera combo. I would try to save about $1000 for a sweet setup!

The Canon refurbished web site often has good prices on bundles where you can get an entry level DSLR and lens for a very reasonable price and it will come with a one year Canon warranty. Pay a lot of attention to the exact description of the lens since it may have something like “IS” or “STM” which will mean that it is a different lens. It varies by manufacturer but for Canon “IS” stands for image stabilized which is a good feature to have especially when you are starting out.

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