When I began posting my photos online, I started getting comments like ‘wow, you must have a great camera’ or ‘anybody can take photos like these with expensive gear’ or ‘I can’t take photos like these because I can’t afford an expensive camera like yours’. It breaks my heart when I hear people say things like this. Or when they feel like they can’t get any better or they don’t have a chance because they have a cheap camera.
So I had enough of these comments and decided to prove them wrong by finding the cheapest camera and lens I could find and take some photos with them!
I got on eBay and found a used Canon t2i (EOS 550D) for $183 and a Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens for $15. And that’s it! All of the equipment I needed for just under $200! I took my boys and my camera out and did a photo shoot and these are the photos we took!
I did the editing with Photoshop and Lightroom, so I thought I would put that out there before everyone starts screaming photoshop! I don’t care that everyone thinks that editing is cheating! I have a vision in my head when I shoot, so I get what I need out of the camera and then I literally paint it the way I envisioned it. It’s a crucial put of my art. And before you say you can’t afford Photoshop and Lightroom, I only pay $2.50 a week for mine.
That’s literally less than a cappuccino!
About the Author
Phillip Haumesser is a self taught photographer based in a rural area of Missouri. He began teaching himself photography when his wife told him she wanted better photos of the kids. He has now ventured out to photograph weddings, engagements, newborns, maternity, family and seniors, but Phillip’s passion is still taking photos of his kids. You can find out more about Phillip on his website, and follow his work on Facebook and Instagram. This article was also published here and shared with permission.