A beginner’s guide to the best camera gear for stock photography

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Ready to jump into stock photography but don’t know which camera gear to start off with?

We’ve created a beginner’s guide of essential items to help you capture professional-quality shots without breaking the bank. Whether you want to focus on creative portraits or outdoor landscape shots, we’ve got you covered.

01. Camera

Now that you’re ready to turn your passion into a business, you’re probably wondering: what kind of camera should I get? The simple answer is that it depends on the type of stock photography you want to get into.

For most types of stock photography (portraiture, fashion, lifestyle, etc.), a regular DSLR or mirrorless camera will suffice. These options not only have fantastic auto functionality, but they also allow you to adjust settings manually when necessary.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can get away with buying just any DSLR or mirrorless camera. Look for one with a minimum resolution of 12 megapixels to get more high-quality results.

If you want to shoot sports or wildlife stock photos, you’ll need to invest in a camera with a high burst rate. In other words, it has to be able to shoot continuously at a fast pace.

Most entry-level cameras can take photos at a rate of 5 frames per second (or fps). However, to make sure you don’t miss any moment, you’ll want to have an option that can shoot 8 fps or more (some models can even shoot up to 24fps).

Furthermore, the camera you choose for sports or wildlife photography needs to have an excellent focusing system. Most entry-level cameras have a slow auto-focus an few focusing points, which may cause you to miss some shots.

In this case, you’ll need to invest in a higher-end camera that has the right amount of focusing points and can focus fast. Such cameras are more expensive, but will definitely deliver the results you need.

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