What’s In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition

What's In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition - Chelsea de Castro

The question I get asked the most is, “What kind of camera do you use?” Trust me when I say this, we do not know crap about photography. We usually put it on auto focus, point, and shoot. But as we take more pictures, we learn new things and get more and more excited when the pictures turn out nicer than expected. So with that being said, here’s What’s In My Camera Bag: N00b Edition.

Body

Canon | EOS Rebel T3i 

This is the camera that I’ve been using for all my pictures for the past 6 years. I’ve taken it to countless graduations, family parties, and vacations. It’s a great starter body for people who’ve never used a DSLR. The Rebel T3i is user friendly and has been very good to me over the years.

Lenses

Canon | EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Meet the latest addition to my collection, the ‘Ultra Wide Zoom’ lens. My brother recently bought me this lens for my birthday and I’m super excited to use it more. This lens is amazing for traveling when you want to get the whole background in the picture without being far away from the subject. I wish I had this lens on our trip to Utah, but I know for sure it will be coming with me on my next adventure.

The 10-18mm is also good for small spaces and rooms. In the picture below my dad was standing about 10 feet in front of me, but was able to get 5-6 feet of dresses to my right and left. You’d never be able to get that with any of the lenses I own.

What's In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition - Chelsea de Castro


Canon | EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens

This lens comes included with the body for a lot of packages. It’s not my favorite but it’s definitely not a bad lens either. The 18-55mm is kind of my default lens when I don’t know which one to use. This lens gets the job done but is very vanilla to me. It doesn’t get me excited but it still takes damn good quality pictures.


Canon | EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Meet the ‘Nifty Fifty’. This lens is used by many bloggers because it’s cheap, small, and gets amazing bokeh (in other words, that blurry background effect). The 50mm has been our most used lens and it hardly gets swapped out with another lens. The only downside of this is that it is a fixed lens, which means there’s no zoom abilities. Ricardo has to physically step forward/backward to get close up shots or to get my whole body in the frame. But hands down this is the best lens I have for shooting outfits.

What's In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition - Chelsea de CastroWhat's In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition - Chelsea de Castro


Canon | EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens

Meet my ‘Big Kahuna’ lens. This is by far my most expensive and biggest lens I own. I mainly bought this lens for action shots. My dad and brother are extreme sports enthusiasts and I wanted to be able to capture all of their action shots. With this lens I’m able to sit on the beach or the bottom of the mountain and zoom into the action and make them look cool.
What's In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition - Chelsea de CastroWhat's In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition - Chelsea de CastroWhat's In My Camera Bag: Beginners Edition - Chelsea de Castro


Like I said before, Ricardo and I have minimal photography knowledge and are really just learning via trail and error. Taking pictures has always been fun for me and now Ricardo as well. It’s just been a fun experience learning something new and having a hobby that we can share. I hope that you all enjoyed this post and hopefully I answered some of your questions about what kind of camera and lens I use. Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time!

Love, Chelsea

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