As a beginner looking to get into landscape photography, prepare to have your senses overwhelmed with choices, information and recommendations. There are going to be plenty of people out there trying to sell you on certain brands, features, capabilities and accessories. Let’s start off with a brief discussion on what you are trying to achieve and them map some features and budget considerations onto that. From there we can propose some solid choices for a beginner landscape photography camera and accessory gear.
Details and colors are a big factor
When it comes to landscape photography, most photos are all about a sense of being there. The wide-open space with a number of colorful things; the sky, trees, water, mountains, desert colors, rainbows, etc. You’re going to need a camera capable of capturing the color ranges and detail of the scene. That’s going to add up to a higher pixel count, at least 20 megapixels. There are several affordable brands and models that offer decent pixel density. Also image priority modes that account for and adjust to the colors in a typical landscape scene.
Choosing a brand is an important decision
Once you take the plunge and buy into a brand, examples include: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, etc. What comes along with that choice are all the lenses and accessories designed to work with that specific camera brand. Once you get one or two thousand dollars invested in accessories that only work with your brand, you are not likely to choose anything but that brand next time you upgrade and get a new camera.
Budget is a key when you are a beginner
When you are just starting out, you are highly unlikely to go out and plunk down $3,500+ on a camera and lens. So, the challenge is to get good quality and feature sets with a modest outlay. Probably in the $500 to $1,000 price range.
There are several good options in that price range that will get you started now and set you up for the future. Also, if you stay near the $700 price range and don’t sink a ton of cash into lenses and accessories, changing brands if you desire on the next upgrade is far less painful.
Several cameras come with a kit lens that will get you started and keep you going for a while. On the other hand, a bit of extra investment now can forestall an upgrade as the camera will satisfy the need for a few years. Only you can decide what’s right for you as you choose your beginner landscape photography camera.
Some camera suggestions at bottom of the article
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Mandatory accessories you must have now
There are a few things you are going to need right away, as these things will make your life much easier in the long run. One is a spare battery for the camera. Another is a solid mid range tripod. Third is a camera bag. Stay away from other sexy looking and sounding accessories for now. They have their place, but that’s for later after you have some hours under your belt. Experience will inform your accessory buying as you bump into capability limits and desire to explore beyond them.
Learning the art and skills of landscape photography
There is TOO MUCH information on the topic out there. The internet is bursting with information on the topic of photography. Technique, theory, gear, editing, etc. There is so much out there, most of it dense and technical and dry. Page after page, with no context. Lots about “the what” and “the how”, but not so much about why and when. Some of it is very good, but it gets lost in the noise.
Then there is all the contradictory information. Take for example the old “Rule of Thirds”. One page says follow the rule, some say ignore it, some say use it sometimes but not all the time, pretty soon your brain is spinning!
Unless you already know what you are looking for, it can be a very daunting and confusing task to pick up some basic practical photography tips. There is a lot of sexy sounding info that might lure someone down a rabbit hole into a topic they’re probably not really ready for.
This is why I came up with the idea for the Simple Photo Tips
I wanted to create a blog where you can pick up a few small things at a time to add to your skill set. Info that’s easy to digest and apply. Tips marked for your current skill level, with some context built into it.
Browse the blog articles for info to get you started. You might consider subscribing to the email digest in case something of interest to you gets posted you can come check it out.
Beginner landscape photography camera suggestions
- Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera – see on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2L7ZbDb
- Nikon D5600 DX-Format Digital SLR – see on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YGbTBk
- Sony Alpha A6100 Mirrorless Camera – see on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cdkGyk
The above are decent beginner cameras. Not the cheapest, not the best most expensive, just good solid options for someone starting out. All of them will create a path for upgrade if/when desired.
I hope I’ve provided some good information for you and given you the right things to think about while choosing your beginner landscape photography camera. Best of luck to you on your camera choice and upcoming adventures and thanks for taking the time to read my (hopefully) wisdom on the topic.