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MUST HAVE Photography Products for Beginners

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In today’s video I go over all the products I recommend for beginner photographers that I found helpful when I first started!

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Fairy Lights
Glass Prism (you can find the chandelier crystals on eBay for pretty cheap)
SD Card Holder
CF Card Holder
Iridescent Wrapping Paper (probably cheaper at a convenience store tbh)
Zeiss Cleaning Wipes
Bamboo Tablet

Back Cover
Star Filter (MAKE SURE TO BUY THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOUR LENS! You need to look up what star filter size for what exact lens. The one I have is a Hoya 8 Star 72mm but it depends on what lens you’re using)

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  1. It may be too late but it's kinda above my budget to get 24-70 F/2.8 but F/4. Is there a significant difference between those two? I mainly use it for fashion photography.

  2. Is the round reflectors she's uses the 23in one from the link in the description or is it the bigger 43in one that Neewer offers?

  3. Love this. I’ve had a nice Olympus camera for a while now. Just wondering … maybe a stupid question but, why do I need so many cards? I have a 16G card. Is that not big enough?
    I love taking pictures. Maybe I just don’t take a lot. It’s a fun hobby instead of a profession.
    Thanks for all your tips. They’re GREAT!

  4. paused to say, thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge, tips, tricks with us I'm a beginner and im binge watching alllll your videos tonight! i found you on youtube last night and im so glad i did! ignore my punctuation im too lazy so correct the uppercases etc lol!

  5. If you haven't already, can you release a video of where you started? As in, going back and looking at the photos you first took when you first started pursuing photography, or when you were a beginner. I'd love to see how you and your journey started!

  6. I have a kodak pixpro az421 and the quality after i take the photo changes and looks bad and I want to stick with my camera but I was wondering what lens I can get for my type of camera to fix it

  7. I hate the snob photographers who say, “yOu doN’T nEeD tHeSe gImMiCk cRysTaLs aNd pRiSms!” Like okay your photos look great quality but they’re boring to me without a little fun to add sometimes? Its not like we will use them for every damn photo we take, just for fun?

  8. I have a 50mm f/1.4 for my Nikon D750. I absolutely LOVE IT! There's a reason it's called "The Nifty Fifty." I keep that on my camera for spontaneous shots.

  9. Love your videos! I'm new to photography, but what do you think of bridge cameras? Unfortunately I didn't do a lot of research before I bought a camera…. and well, I ended up with a bridge camera.

  10. I did not know about those star filters. That's so cool. Just checked and they're around $22 on b&H. Will definitely be buying one. I wonder If I can get a bigger filter and attach somehow to smaller diameter lenses. Maybe tape, haha

  11. beginners considerations:
    Your biggest expense, should be LENSES.
    Lenses can last you decades ( I still have a nikon 35-70mm f2.8, nikon 80-200mm f2.8 from the 1980s, working awesome to this day.)

    Your camera body, will be replaced every few years, take into consideration a companies past track records on lens compatibility for newer cameras.
    NIKON lenses, from 1965 will fit on my Nikon D700, D800 DSLRs

    IF YOU are thinking of doing weddings, HAVE A BACKUP CAMERA BODY. worst scenario to encounter is your camera body stops working mid wedding.

    GET a nifty 50, the 50mm f1.8 is cheap and in the right hands, UNBEATABLE. And if your more expensive lens breaks, a 50mm can save the day in a pinch.
    choosing a DSLR backup body, that your lenses and batteries will fit each body is a smart move.
    Using a 2nd camera body also gives you the ability to not switch lenses so much. have one 28-70 f2.8 on one camera, and a 70-200 f2.8 on another body. Now u just grab camera and dont riskl dust n dirt getting into the camera body.

    EXTRA MEDIA CARDS for your cameras.
    Choosing your camera body that has TWO media card slots and setting camera to record each image to each card ( instantly making a backup of the image) may be a wise choice.

    ON CAMERA FLASH gives shitty flat lighting, you'll need an extra awesome photoshop genius to make on camera flash photos look good.
    Off camera flash is miles above oncamera flash. checkout jeessicas site for weddings. NONE of those photos were lit by just an on camera flash.

    filters, prisms, all other oddities are NOT NEEDED. much like 500mm mirror lenses, they get used for a few times or so then, just sit there for years.

    IF YOURE NOT SURE PHOTOGRAPHY IS RIGHT FOR YOU BUT WANNA TRY IT, DONT BUY BRAND NEW GEAR. Save yourself a ton of money and buy used gear from KEH . com

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