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Overall, I recommend using what you have first and upgrading once your gear is limiting you. But if you are looking to invest in a starter camera, I highly recommend the Sony a6000. I like this camera for beginners because it is a reliable 24-megapixel camera with many of the features I love about Sony. It shoots up to 11 frames per second and has a good AutoFocus system. This camera is a great one for getting comfortable using Sony products. Unless you know what type of lens you want specifically, I recommend getting this camera with the kit lens (the lens that comes with it), and adding to your kit once you know your preferences.


  • How did you get into photography?
    • My interest in photography started in high school when I took an introduction to photography class. I used my dad’s old Nikon F1 camera and spent a lot of time doing black and white film photography. I departed from my photography passion in my early 20’s, which I spent traveling and working in outdoor education. I picked up a camera again in 2015 and began working as a professional photographer in 2016.
  • When/how did you join the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective?
    • The Alpha Collective is Sony’s ambassador program. I joined in March 2017 and have been working on various projects & trips with Sony since then. There is an application available online here.
  • How do you edit your images?
    • I edit my images using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. This is a question I get often, so please stay tuned for more resources on this, including presets!

Please let me know if you have any photography related questions that I haven’t covered here by emailing me at

Feature photo by Renee Hahnel.