Do I need an expensive camera to start with photography?

No! You definitely do not need to jump straight into high end gear to get started. Work with what you have, and what you can afford. It's better to put your time into learning your settings + refine your editing. This will make a huge difference in the quality of your work.

What editing software do you recommend for post-processing?

I use Lightroom Classic and Photoshop for all of my editing. I import into Lightroom, do my color processing and basic adjustments then import into photoshop where I use the generative fill AI to remove things from scenes that don't belong. There are lots of post-processing softwares out there but I found these to be the most user friendly, and the most bang for your buck. The bundle for these on the adobe creative cloud website is 19.99/a month.

What is RAW format and do I need to shoot in it?

Check out my blog post on raw vs. jpeg for an in-depth breakdown on this topic!

What are the essential settings I should know on my camera?

Understanding the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO is crucial for mastering exposure. This is called the exposure triangle + learning how each of the three affects the other to create perfect exposure when shooting in manual should be your first priority when learning about your camera.

Do I need Insurance?

Yes!! From the second you have a bag of gear that you care about, I recommend insuring it. Especially if you travel a lot. I use PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and it's reasonably priced + easy to get started. There's also plenty of other options out there, you can also look add on to your existing insurance policy as well.

Do you have more questions you need answered?

If you have more questions + want one on one direction I'll be offering mentorships in the near future. This will consist of one on one zoom or in person meetings answering any and all questions you may have relating to gear, editing, business structure, marketing, etc.