5 things I wish I knew before I bought my first camera

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In this video I want to talk about 5 things I wish I knew before I bought my first camera, so you won’t make the same mistakes either. And not waste money, not have to switch cameras in a short run after you have bought your camera.

1. Computer and software
Even though this might feel not related, but all photos and videos need processing and editing if you want to get the best results, so having a computer that can actually work with the footage or images you have captured is really important. Especially for filmmakers if you have filmed videos in 4k you would need a powerful computer that can handle editing it, if not you might want to upgrade your computer first before planning on getting a camera. On photography side opening raw photo’s of many images might not be a heavy process, but often exporting many images will be.

2. Do your own research
Sellers at shops often just want to sell a camera and also they can get a bonus when they sell certain cameras, they often will use tactics to sell you those instead of getting you one that fits you. Also asking friends has its dangers also, as fanboys of a brand will only follow their own brand and often don’t know the entire market and you can end up with a camera that is not that great, while there already be much better cameras on the market by other brands for the same price. So often take their advice with a grain of salt and research online yourself as there a lot of websites and Youtube channels with informations to find what fits you the best.

3. Accessories
You might not have thought about it, but you also need a lot of additional things next to your camera, like a SD card, Lens, Microfoon, tripod and much more. So you want to check out all those things and build a set that gets you the camera and the accessories that fits your budget then just spending it all on a camera. As a camera would not be able to save anything if you don’t have an SD card, also keep in mind for video, batteries on a DSLR don’t last very long and you might need to have atleast 3 of 4 batteries to film through a whole day.

4. Buy 2nd hand gear
Some might not have thought about it or even are afraid of buying 2nd hand gear, buy you can actually either spend less on the same camera or even buy a better camera for the same price. Additionally you can find a lot of accessories 2nd hand and expanding the gear you can buy with your budget. But also sometimes shops don’t sell a certain camera anymore that has been discontinued and in the 2nd hand market you would still be able to find those cameras, as sometimes the older generation is not worser in any means and could be the perfect camera for you and your budget.

5. Expanding your budget
Honestly you might not even need to buy your first camera directly, you can wait a while longer and just save up some more money for the perfects camera instead. Also in the mean time you can either borrow a camera from a friend or family members and also learn from them how to use it, but if you need the camera for some jobs you could also just rent a camera which cost far less than buying a camera and still earn some money to expand your budget.

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