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Best Equipment for Beginner Photographers

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

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With all the travel, nature, & landscape photography that I share online, I get asked all the time what camera, lens, phone & accessories do I use. Thought I would provide Amy B's 'must have' list of best travel photography gear all the way down to the backpack I use on my favorite hiking trails.

Do you have the photography bug or know someone that does?

This list of best gifts for the amateur photographers contains recommendations from Amy B and you can see all of her travel, nature & landscape photography at the Change N Focus Art Gallery.

Best Gifts for Amateur Photographers

First, let me be completely honest, I do not consider myself a professional photographer. In fact, I use the automatic mode on my camera when I'm hiking [gasp, I know!], because I prefer to enjoy each moment in the great outdoors as opposed to playing around with settings and tripods on the trail. I also don't use a professional grade camera, but my photography has taken top prize over professional photographers. Not to brag, but to show you that it doesn't take ridiculously expensive camera equipment to take fabulous travel, nature & landscape photos. I'll share some of my favorite photos later in this post that I've taken using the products that I'm recommending.


Nikon Digital Cameras & Kits

The Digital SLR Camera that I use is the Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera. I own two Nikon D3300 camera bodies one that I keep a wide angle lens for landscape captures and the other a zoom lens when I want to capture nature details, wildlife or any kind of action shot.

The following package is the Nikon D3300 camera that includes a wide angle lens and a starter zoom lens. I bought a second Nikon D3300 camera body only when I got tired of switching out lenses to capture wildlife while hiking since I usually use the wide angle lens to capture landscapes on a hike.

NIKON D3300 Digital Camera Double Zoom Kit 18-55mm DX VR II & 55-200mm DX VR II Lenses Black

NIKON D3300 Digital SLF Camera Body ONLY - Black

sunrise moraine lake in banff national park alberta canada
Amy B's favorite landscape photo taken at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park Canada.

Nikon Camera How-to Photography Book

I was gifted the Nikon D3300: From Snapshots to Great Shots book that is incredible helpful and filled with great tips and tons of photography content. The Nikon manual doesn't show exactly how to use the camera, so you will want this educational how-to photography series that offers practical advice on what settings to use, great shooting tips and provides the perfect blend of instruction, inspiration and reference for all camera features. This book can give amateur photographer a great jump start into the world of travel, nature & landscape photography.