Thinking of purchasing your first DSLR camera?

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first official post for “Tips & Tutorials Tuesday”!


This is probably the most popular question I have been asked since turning my hobby into a profession: “I’m thinking of buying a DSLR camera. What should I get?”

DSLR Camera Shea McGrath Photography Des Moines


Being strictly a Canon user myself, I cannot speak for other brands. But my first piece of advice is to pick a camera brand and stick to it! I know a lot of professional photographers that constantly think about switching from Nikon to Canon or vice versa ALL THE TIME. In my personal opinion, I don’t see the point in this. Just pick one brand and stick to it. That being said, Canon and Nikon are probably your two best options. I say this because Canon and Nikon come with the most interchangeable lenses and once you get into photography more, you’ll appreciate this characteristic so much!


When I decided to purchase my first DSLR three years ago, I went on Amazon and bought the most affordable one: Canon Rebel xti. It was just under $300 at the time. It was a great starter camera and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a very basic DSLR, where you can practice shooting in Manual mode! Since I didn’t have any lenses at the time, I purchased the camera with the kit lens included (18-55mm), which was fine, but definitely not the best lens out there. If you’re looking to shoot mostly portraits, look into purchasing the 50mm 1.8. This is such a great starter portrait lens! If you’re looking to shoot mostly scenery, the 18-55 will work fine to start out, since the focal length is pretty versatile.


If you’re looking to spend a little more money, any of the Canon Rebel series are fantastic. However, after using the Rebel xti for two years, I decided to upgrade to the Canon 60D. This camera body has so much more to offer than the Rebel series and is very affordable!


Happy Tuesday! Until next week. 🙂





This post was written by Shea McGrath Photography, Des Moines Wedding Photographer, West Des Moines Wedding Photographer.

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    Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers, Shea McGrath Photography, has been photographing weddings since 2010 and has photographed over 200 weddings. Voted one of the 23 best wedding photographers in Denver, CO by Expertise, Shea and her husband/second photographer, Jacob, specialize in outdoor mountain weddings and elopements across the state of Colorado and beyond, including destination weddings. Shea McGrath Photography enjoys photographing weddings all over Colorado including but not limited to Denver, Evergreen, Estes Park, Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Boulder, Granby, Telluride, Ouray, and Crested Butte. Click here or fill out the form below to get in touch!

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