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MPMK’s Favorite Photography Gear

Best Photography Equipment

I get asked a lot about my photography equipment.  Above is basically everything I’ve ever used to learn how to shoot with my DSLR.  Just so you know, you don’t have to be a pro to get awesome family photos (I’m not).  I got my camera less than 2 years ago and used these products to teach myself how – you can too!

Top Row

Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set – An excellent collection of books to teach you everything you need to know about how to take photos.  They’re written by an absolute pro in a way an absolute beginner can understand.  I love how he focuses on the step-by-step of how to do something instead of going on and on about the theory behind it.

Introduction to Photography eCourse – I just took this a few months ago.  It was lots of fun, easy to understand (completely beginner friendly), and really improved the level of my photos.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - This is what is fondly referred to as “the nifty fifty”. Photographers the world over love this lens for it’s ability to give you that great blurry background effect (bokeh) and for it’s incredibly affordable price.

Middle Row

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens - On the other side of the lens spectrum is this beauty. If you really want to go all out, this is what I use now.  I upgraded about a year ago and this stays on my camera pretty much 100% of the time.  It’s a wonderfully versatile and high-end lens.

Canon Rebel T3i – Of course, it doesn’t matter how fancy your lens is if you don’t have a good camera body to go with it.  I did a ton of research before buying and found that the Canon Rebels were recommended the most because they’re easy to learn on but have all the professional options and features you’ll want as you grow as a photographer.  Also, they take great high definition movies.

I have the T2i because it was the most current model when I bought and I’m very happy with it.  I’d buy the T3i if I was buying today and I recommend getting the kit with some lenses because the nifty fifty discussed above won’t cut it for everything. You’ll want/need a zoom lens in some situations.

Wireless Remote – This is a very inexpensive accessory that’s extremely useful if you actually want to be in some of your family photos.

Bottom Row

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 – At well under $100, this is incredibly affordable photo editing software.  I’ve used it for nearly two years for all of my personal and blog photos and have never felt limited.

The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers – This is another great book by Scott Kelby.  I taught myself how to use Elements with it.

Clean Color eCourse – If you have the time, I’d recommend this Photoshop Elements eCourse as well.  It also really raised the level of my finished product.

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