The following are some questions I get from other moms who just want to learn how to take better photos of their own kids on a day to day basis!
Q: What camera should I buy?
A: While there are many good DSLR options for those interested in learning about photography, I am going to stick with the Canon brand, because that is what I know, shoot & recommend. All three of the cameras I am listing below are good entry-level cameras for personal use.
Option 1) The Canon T5 is the very basic starter camera for somebody not wanting to spend a lot of money but who wants something more than a “point & shoot”.
Option 2) The Canon T5i is the next step up for the Canon Rebel series. These are also great starter cameras that while costing a little bit more, provide you with better features.
Option 3) The Canon 60d is a great camera that I adore. I still use and keep one as a backup for weddings. If you have the money to spend, I highly recommend stepping up to this more durable and better model.
A: Most camera kits will come with a basic zoom lens (multiple focal lengths), such as an 18-55 or 18-135. This will be more than enough to get you started! I mainly shoot with prime lenses (single focal lengths). This means instead of using the lens to zoom in and out, I need to move my body to where I want it to be. When you have the money available I highly recommend buying a prime lens!
A great starter prime lens is the 50mm (or “nifty-fifty”). There are two additional upgraded versions of the 50mm at higher price points, but for starting out the 50mm 1.8 is great.