This is the ultimate photography noobs guide to buying your first camera

Nov 4, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Nov 4, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Buying your first camera can be a daunting task. Or maybe you already have a camera but aren’t quite sure you bought the right one. It hasn’t really taught you a lot and so you want to switch to something else but don’t know what to get to replace it with or what to add to the gear collection. Whatever your situation, with the range of photo tech out there today, it can get overwhelming.

This 25-minute video from Chris Turner walks you through the basics of camera gear to let you make more informed decisions about how you spend your money. What’s the difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera? Prime vs zoom lens? Sensor sizes? All these and more are answered with very easy to understand explanations.

There are going to be a few revelations in this video that aren’t immediately obvious to newcomers to photography. For example, having decent lenses is far more important than having a decent camera. So, if you’re on a limited budget, the camera body isn’t necessarily where you want to be investing most of it.

It’s a great video with a lot of really good information for beginners. It’s labelled as “Part 1” of Chris’ Ultimate Noobs series and he hasn’t posted any more to it yet. So, be sure to keep an eye on his YouTube channel for updates to that and check out his many other videos while you’re there.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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