When I first began posting my photos online, I started getting comments like “Wow, you must have a great camera!,” or “Anybody can take photos like these with expensive gear,” or “I can’t take photos like these because I can’t afford an expensive camera like yours.”
It saddens me when I hear people say things like this. Or when people feel like they can’t get any better or they don’t have a chance because they’re stuck with a cheap camera.
I finally had enough of these comments and decided to prove these people wrong by finding the cheapest camera and lens I could find and take some photos with them!
I got on eBay and found a used Canon T2i DSLR (released in 2010) for $183 and a Pentax 50mm f/1.7 lens for $15. That’s it! I bought all of the equipment I needed for just under $200! (I also already had a Pentax to Canon adapter that you can get on eBay for about $7).
I then took my boys and my camera out and did a photo shoot.
I did all the editing on these photos using Photoshop and Lightroom, so I thought I would put that out there before everyone starts screaming “Photoshop!” I don’t care that some people think that editing is ‘cheating.’ I have a vision in my head before I shoot, so I get what I need out of the camera and then I paint it the way I envisioned it. It’s a crucial put of my art.
And before you say you can’t afford Photoshop and Lightroom, I only pay $2.50 a week for mine. That’s less than a cappuccino!
I hope this inspires you to go out and turn your vision into a reality with the camera you already have.