Gear Mistakes Beginner Photographers Always Make

The internet, as well as being a great resource for photographers, is also a black hole for our collective wallet. It seems that almost daily a new camera, lens, computer, or must-have bit of software is launched. So let's look at the biggest gear mistakes we make as beginners.

First off, this is very much from the point of view of a professional photographer, and therefore aimed at photographers who are starting out with the view to become a pro. If this isn't you, then you can literally buy whatever takes your fancy, and for whatever reason you see fit. However, if you do want to be a professional photographer then there are certain things you really must be taking into consideration before parting with your hard-earned cash. 

Having made pretty much all of these mistakes myself (especially with regards to camera use) and also felt the pain of wanting to know what I am buying is good enough, to the point where I once emailed the photo editor of the NME to ask them (they said it doesn't matter as long as you have the right person in the right photograph and that it looks good) I can fully understand how you may fall victim to these. 

In this video, I go over what I have both done and seen others do in the hope that you can learn from my mistakes. Although I am pretty sure I was forewarned before making them myself...

How many of these classic blunders have you made during your time as a photographer?

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Food Photographer from the UK. Not at all tech savvy and knows very little about gear news and rumours.

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While I enjoy your channel and videos, I do feel that you have blinders on when it comes to "professional" photography. You come across as only considering those doing studio/wedding and the like as "professional". There are many landscape photographers making a living at photography, where the needs are much different than the studio. I don't know of many professional landscape photographers who don't own the most recent camera and lenses. While not a professional, I personally own and use both a Nikon Z7 kit and a Fuji GFX100S kit; both have their own uses, and it's not often practical "renting" that gear.