What is the Essential Photography Equipment for Beginners?

If you’re looking for essential photography equipment for beginners, it means either you’re getting started with photography as a side-hustle or want to pursue it as a career. Either way, I want to share some essential photography equipment and gear that will help in photography.

I want to tell you right off the bat that I’m not a photography enthusiast. Sure, I want to capture photos from my smartphone, and I have a Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 lens for portrait photography. Does it make me a photographer? I don’t think so; I like being honest with the readers. I love vlogging, though. That’s surely my thing.

The reason I bought Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 lens was that I wanted to get into portrait photography.

Anyway, I thought to come up with a list of photography gear for beginner photographers so that they could benefit from my experience. Some of the beginners have no idea what to get while getting started, and they end up buying the wrong stuff, or I should say unnecessary gear for photography.

I want you to save time and money. I’d highly recommend spending your money wisely if you’re a beginner photographer.

Well, the best part of this photography essentials list is that you could use some of the stuff for video making as well. I do YouTube on the side, and I’ve bought a few things you might see on the list that help in the videography.

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So let’s head over to the list.

Essential Photography Equipment for Beginner Photographers

A tripod is necessary for self-portraits with a timer on your DSRL camera.
A Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 lens is a great choice for beginners.
A camera bag comes in handy when you carry camera gear.
It’s a lens cover that is used in outdoor photography.
Extra batteries are a must-have item in the camera gear.
A camera strap is vital not just for carrying the camera but also in photography.


A tripod is a must-have item if you like to take self-portraits with a timer on your DSRL camera. If you don’t have a photography squad, meaning a bunch of photographer friends who all take a turn to take photos of each other, then having a tripod is a blessing. I use an APSKIN tripod; you can get similar to that from Amazon.

50mm Lens

Since you’re a beginner, so I don’t want to push you to buy any expensive lenses. Rather, get started with your photography passion with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Canon and Yongnuo have quite affordable 50mm lenses as compared to other brands. I’m using Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 on Nikon D5300; it’s a good lens.

Canon 50mm f/1.8 is also fine as my friend has been using it for a while. It’s difficult to tell the difference between the quality of both lenses. However, the Yongnuo 50mm is half the price of Canon 50mm.

Camera Bag

I haven’t got a camera bag yet, but this is something I want to buy in the future. The reason I didn’t get a camera bag is that I don’t have multiple DSLR cameras and lens to carry everywhere. I do have an old point-and-shoot camera and a Yongnuo 50mm lens. And, I mostly use my DSLR camera for videos more than photography, so I don’t need a camera bag. I usually put all the extra batteries into my laptop bag. On the contrary, you might be a beginner photographer, so you may need a camera bag to carry all the camera gear.

ND Filter

ND filters are a lens shade that does an important job in photography. If you aren’t familiar with an ND filter, then let me try to explain this. It’s a lens cover that is used in outdoor photography when the camera is exposed to the sun and the direct sunlight is difficult to tackle for the camera. Furthermore, an ND filter also provides a specific tone/style to photography.


One of the things I bought along with the DSLR camera was extra batteries. It doesn’t matter whether you’re into photography or videography, extra batteries are a must-have item for DSLR camera users. It’s impossible to rely on a single battery that comes with the camera box whatsoever.

Camera Strap

I wasn’t a big fan of the camera strap since I’m into video making and vlogging. So I found the camera strap disturbing, especially when it gave a distortion sound while doing handheld video recording. But it doesn’t mean it’s not an essential photography gear. It does help in several ways; for example, photographers can easily carry the DSLR camera as well as it sometimes helps in making cinematic sequence.

What Essential Photography Equipment Are You Going to Buy?

Are you going to buy any photography equipment? Well, we’d be more than happy if you’d share with us what you’re going to get.

What happens is that it helps us understand what people are buying and why. Nobody makes it on its own in any creative business. You got to be supportive and gracious toward others as it develops relationships.

So if you could spare a minute to tell us what photography equipment you’re planning to buy or ready to buy right now.

We’d be thrilled to read your comment underneath the blog post.