“How Much Should I Spend on My First Camera?” is part of my Photography Basics series on PhotoTraces. You can find the rest of the tutorials here: Photography Basics.
This is, by far, the most common question I find myself answering again and again when I’m teaching photography.
It sounds straightforward and simple to answer, but that is not the case at all. The question itself is motivated by a few misconceptions that beginners have about equipment and its role in photography. The question cannot be answered without first addressing these misconceptions.
The goal of this article is to help beginners overcome the first stumbling block in the process of learning photography—equipment selection.