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What is the best photography equipment that I could purchases to be the most successful?

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Alejandra’s Answer

Hi Nadia,

I studied photography for about 3 years and have personally been passionate about it for a long time. Although this question really depends on the style of photography you decide to pursue, my photography teacher taught me something very important. It's not about what equipment you have, it's about learning to use the medium you're working in.

For example, he made us start out by learning how to photograph manually in film. This forced us to learn the basics and really understand them and apply them to get the right shot. What this allowed is that when we went digital, we were able to use manual settings to literally create the images we want.

Being a good photographer isn't about the equipment you use, it's about your ability to capture and communicate your message.. whatever that may be! If you have a camera already I would suggest using that camera until you get better at photography or learn the sort of medium you'd like to invest in before buying (cameras are expensive, and fancy film cameras can even cost a lot). If you don't have a camera, try going to a goodwill! They usually have film camera's from there and you can try shooting film to learn the basics. Or maybe even pick up a cheap digital!

If you can't buy one, and you have an smartphone, try using your phone!! I took a photography course at work and they asked us to download FiLMiC Pro. It cost about $15 and it allows you to use your iPhone camera but control all the settings manually like a digital. I've shot a couple of things and it's been going great.

Good luck!
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David’s Answer

Hi Nadia,
There is no answer to your question. Your success, or failure, as a photographer is based on your ability to create images that satisfy your clients. Generally, clients are more interested in results than the gear you use to create images.
To get started, a used body and lens should cost you several hundred bucks. Eventually, to buy pro level gear will run into the thousands.
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