How to be a Photographer on a BUDGET (Beginner Ways to Save)

How to be a Photographer on a BUDGET (Beginner Ways to Save)

– So when we all started
out in photography, we were young, we were
naive, we were inexperienced. We were just trying to
take some great photos with maybe one lens and
maybe one entry-level DSLR. I’ve been there, it’s hard. Today I’m gonna share some
tips on how I was able to actually do some work
as a beginner photographer and on a budget. So, I actually have someone with me today who started on the same camera that I did. – The Canon T3i. – Yeah. Seeing as we just recorded two podcasts. Back to back.
– Amazing, so much talking. – So much talking. I thought we would do
our first tip right here. With these mics. If you don’t have certain gear, or you don’t have a lot of gear, just borrow it from your friends. And I’m talking while the
mic isn’t even near my mouth. I had a Canon T3i for so long. So long that a friend of
mine had a 5D Mark III and I would do anything she asked just so I can use that on different jobs. – I used my dad’s Canon T3i. So luckily, usually
the dad’s feel the duty to really have those nice family portraits during family gatherings. He never used it. So I just hijacked it. I didn’t save up for
my own personal camera until I was 19, 20 years old.
– Wow. – And that was the Canon 70D
with that Dual Pixel autofocus. I was like what? – So moral of the story kids, steal your dad’s camera.
– Yes. – Or borrow some from your friends. – Yeah, burrow. – Burrow. – Burrow. – Burrow in and take
things from your friends. (both laugh) – You do not need a lot of gear in order to get your first jobs. I started with Canon 70D with a 40 millimeter pancaked lens and that’s what I shot
my first travel film on. And my first wedding. And there were no gimbals
when I was first starting. And they’re really expensive. So, the biggest hack
is actually what Chris is doing right now. If there’s no slack in your strap you’re gonna have a really steady shot. – A couple other things you
can do with only one lens is you can make any
lens a wide angle lens. So, all you have to do is take
a few photos panorama style or vertical and you can make a wide photo. Also, you can try something
like lens whacking for you video people. All you have to do is take
your lens off your camera body and let in a few light leaks
for a really cool film effect. Hey Sara. – Hey! – Can I borrow your bike? – Of course.
– Cool. Here I go. (howls) Look for free presets and free templates to help out your photography
game and your business. So for example, I offer some free presets that you can get your hands on linked in the description box below. And a free budget template. So, when you’re budgeting
out your first job ever you can get that free template. Oh, Sara. – Oh hi. Raw images are a great way to
practice your editing skills. If you don’t have a fancy camera, go on the internet, ask a
friend, ask for raw images. Because I started video editing before I even grabbed a camera. So, editing is half the picture. And also there’s a tone of
free resources out there. You can download Lightroom Mobile on your cellular device for free. And you do really handy stuff. Like masking and healing
spot brush things. It’s great. Words. – If you don’t have your
own lighting you can one, go outside and use natural light which looks beautiful all
the time or I guarantee you have lamps inside your house like Pixar over here. This one, although you
can’t take off the shade, probably there are lamps in your house where you can do that. You can make yourself a
really moody portrait. Especially if you make it black and white. Also, I love lamp. – I love lamp. – If you don’t have tons of
money to buy tons of gear which I certainly didn’t when I started, you can actually DIY make
some of your own gear. Like a skateboard dolly
or even a reflector by using a big piece of
Bristol board, for example. I’ve also linked a few
other DIYs you can do in the description box below. (upbeat music) – What was my point? (laughs) Buy used gear. Do not be afraid of Craigslist. Especially if you’re also selling gear. Craigslist doesn’t have
that crazy eBay fee. When it comes to buying used lenses, Canon has so many lenses to choose from and they’ve been around for a while. So, they’re gonna be cheaper. We’re all Sony shooters here, but I really think Canon is a great place to start with your first DSLR and your first few nice used lenses. (upbeat music) – Now I gotta come all the way
back in and get the camera. But really guys, at the end of the day all of the most important things that you need as a photographer are free. Like your knowledge of lighting, your storytelling, composition, framing. Those are all things that you can practice on your own with little to no gear. – And if a family member
maybe has an old film camera it’s going to teach you
how to be intentional with your photography. You only have like 36 exposures. So, you gotta get creative and make sure those pictures are worth it. So, you’re not gonna
have that mentality of, ah, I’ll fix the crop in post. You have to get it right in camera. So, I’m a big fan of film
photography for that reason. – Yeah. You gotta really focus on that one shot. With that said, thank you so much Sara. – Of course, thank you for having me. This was so much fun.
– Yeah! I’m so excited about this. So please, if you for some
reason aren’t subscribed to Sara please go check her out. – Subscribe to Lizzie down below. – Down below!
– – Thank you guys so much for watching. If you like this video
give it a like down below. Subscribe and hit the bell to get notified when I post new videos. See you guys probably back in Toronto. (upbeat music) (mumbles) (babbling) (lively music) – And we’ll just cut there. (babbling) – [Both] Ah. (laughing)


  • Kurtis & Chelsey says:

    Your real estate photography video helped me land a few clients in less that 24 hours. Your videos are oober informative and practical!

  • Lin Nyunt says:

    Great tips from the both of you and awesome to see a collab with Sara Dietschy! Peachy Fam here!

    She was 19/20 when 70Ds were popular? Damn, I'm old.

    My first video DSLR was a T3i/600D too! Great starter camera.

  • Chia Cheng Han says:

    Yes! Finally watching a video on time. Finding budget lenses to use. Thanks for this video!

  • Tahsin Abedin says:

    Even I started on the t3i. I think everyone used the t3i to start.

  • Gordana Stefanovic says:

    New subscriber here hiii you are great! Your tips are AMAZING, thank you

  • Andie Barry says:

    I love how fun this was! Some very creative shots there! What a great collab, and great tips!

  • Najeeb Badalandabad says:

    t3i (still have it) >>> sony a73 with 35mm and 85mm wished i had gotten the tamron 28-75 instead of the 35mm :/

  • Liam McClellan says:


  • Deniz Kendirci says:

    my first and only camera is nikon d90, i've been using it since 2008.
    yeah i'm broke af, but also d90 is a very good camera.

  • thekback says:

    Who else thought this was wayyyyyyyy to funnnn! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  • BergerMaestro says:

    And then there's me… still shooting on a t1i πŸ˜‚

  • Potter OoO says:

    Thanks for the free preset but I don't know how it workπŸ˜…

  • Rowan Elsmore says:

    You guys are great together!!! I started with a Canon T5i. It was a great camera. Would love to see more collaboration videos with the two of you. Great chemistry!πŸ‘

  • The MX Guru says:

    Lizzie is awesome.

  • Aaron Timm says:

    i first started on my sisters canon powershot sx420 is n it was ok i guess, better than my phone but so little control
    my first slr was an old film canon rebel 2000 i got for christmas, a lot more enjoyable and fun. i remember going to take photos with it past dark n it was like 20 degrees so when i got to where ever i was going my limbs would be numb but it would be worth it
    my first dslr (and still current camera) was the nikon d3400 n the only reason i think ill never switch (back) to canon is the placement of the buttons

  • andgainingspeed says:

    Let your lens mount/family drive your camera body purchase, not the other way around. Plenty of great cameras available but their native lens selections might not be great especially if they are new mounts, they will require adapters to use legacy lenses. Less than full frame sensors might be okay in all but low light situations. And yeah, borrowing other people's unused gear is a fantastic way to get some experience before you make an informed decision about your own gear purchases.

  • El Kenzo ah says:

    Love the Timmy Ham in the back

  • Expose The Heart says:

    The short strap hack is how we shoot our behind the scenes videos for our YouTube channel too! Just makes for a nice run and fun setup.

  • Lashan says:

    I got my break with a Canon t3i (600D) at work and then I've been using my t5i (700D) for the past 6 years πŸ˜‚ Need to upgrade once I have the funds for it

  • Mahmoud Mosbah says:

    She is so beautiful

  • Jacob Christian Glover says:

    Hello from Tampa Florida! I have watched several of your videos and I appreciate your content, you are always sharing valuable information. Thanks for the free YouTube art template and vintage preset & dust filter. I subscribed to your channel and hit the gray notification bell. Be well and stay encouraged Lizzie!!!

  • Moonlit Media says:

    Break into the bh superstore in New York. πŸ˜‚
    Not really because there’s cool people there and that’d be mean.

  • Aaron Tremblay says:

    Wooo! T3i club!

  • Tim Goodson says:

    Lizzie, You and Sara's Personalities are amazing together. Hope to see many more collabs in the future between you two.

  • Dave Maze says:

    Ok. So can I take credit for this collab or what!? πŸ˜‚

  • Andrei Roman says:

    Started with a d3400 and kit lens. Now I got a d3400 and 50mm and getting TONS of jobs. Personality also helps

  • Preetam Soni says:

    I just watch your videos because you're so beautiful and I love you 😍

  • Robenson Dabeck says:

    I started with a Rebel XS that my aunt bought me as a gift, then moved to a T6 that my parents got me as a replacement for my XS; and now I have a 6d Mark II bought by my dad.

    Lesson of the day: be nice to your parents and always say thank you!!πŸ™‚

  • Guin Thee Penguin says:

    Dang I started on the T3! you guys are lucky for having the T3i D:

  • juif balix says:

    Great work @Lizzie Peirce and @Sara Dietschy, just came from the podcast you guys made, very helpful tips to those starting their own business.

  • spillX Drone says:

    I use Canon EOS 500d with Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens.

  • Andy Smart says:

    Pre-owned is always my way to go, with the gear nerds willing to spend out on the latest surrogate willy to show the other gear nerds there’s great stuff on the used market. Last year I got a used 6d in pretty much mint condition for eminently sensible money – for UK folks I’d suggest looking at London Camera Exchange, you pay more than places like eBay but you get a bit of a warranty.

  • Andy Bullen says:


  • Dani Gonzalez says:

    Totally right. I bought my first dslr with a kit lens second hand and since then I only bought 2nd hand gear because is waaay cheaper and you can get supreme deals on almost new gear.

    I'll add, buy manual lenses at the begining. Any! Even better if its a 50mm lens because legacy lenses have great glass and shows you how to shoot manual.

    And also I'd add don't be affraid of brands such as Pentax, quite unknown out there with the shadow of Canon and Sony but those brands have better cameras and lenses for the price most of the time offer more features or better ones so don't hesitate looking at them. I bought last week a K3-II (pro level camera) with 17.000 shots on the clock and a 18-135mm WR lens for 330€, which is a total bargain when you see that new it costs you 1000€ more! I just sold the lens for 230€ and got a supreme camera for around 100! And this is a goooood camera.

    Yet invest your money on lenses. They will last with you waaaay longer than camera bodies πŸ™‚

  • Nomadik Scotto says:

    idk how but i knew these two would eventually collab and it would be great. so glad i was right! team up?

  • a1ch3mist37 says:

    Great video. I learned so much with my D5300 (Nikon's T5i) that I got a D750 and I am loving it. I just need to use it more.

  • Nathan Green says:

    Awesome video the 2 of you. Really sucks the video can only be liked once

  • Gene Jordan says:

    I still have my Canon T3i. I don't use it much, but it's around for moral support. Now I just use my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy 9+)
    Tip: older used Android phones are cheap (especially from relatives who have upgraded) and the cameras on them are still great. You don't need phone service on them to use them as dedicated cameras. Apps, mics, grips, and other accessories can be bought that bring the results up to nearly on par to a full blown camera.

  • Kuba Kubiczek says:

    Damn! That was so pleasing to watch! You two are great with such a tonne of knowledge. Hope all the best for you πŸ™‚

  • GΓ©za Vasas says:

    Where U got that Scooter from?!?! Its from my country, Serbia! :DD I was so surprised when I saw it! πŸ˜€

  • Blackapino The Apple Guy says:

    i just got my FIRST ACTUAL Camera, although I've had Point In Shoots, BUT…Not i have what IMP the best $500 Camera The Panasonic Lumix G7, with Full 4K Mirrorless, touchscreen and swivel LCD and Came with a 14-42mm Lens and just bought a 25mm Len's for $147. THAT is pretty cheap compared to the Panasonic Site which wants $249 and even the Len's that comes With my Camera is $250 for the 14-42mm which comes with the camera all for $500…that's a HELL OF A DEAL…to me. Looking forward to making better content with this. Plus with Vidcon coming o much content..lmao

  • Mariusz Gajdzik says:

    Definitely great tips for everyone whos there taking photos and thinking on Hau to get into the business of photography πŸ“·

  • Tanmay Adhikary says:

    I am using Canon 1500D and it's awesome for the price point.

  • wayne roberts says:

    The set up Iv been using for just over a year only cost me Β£130 that's a sony a390 with kit lens, 70-300mm, carbon fibre tripod and a few filters plus a camera bag all ebay bargains and can't fault them at all

  • Aryan Mishra says:

    Young,Naive and Inexperienced….at least one of those people who did not jump into the field flawlessly….thanks for being honest Sara and Lizzie..

  • Alex Kluew says:

    dope tips! thanks for sharing!

  • SHVWN COOPER says:

    lmao stealing the budget template big gherkin

  • Sander Cokart says:

    Hey saw your video with Sara, Try a Gigabyte Areo 15 πŸ˜€ its super powerful and has display with Delta E UNDER 1! Also trackpads are terrible yes, just make sure the laptop has Windows Precision Drivers and you'll be fine! ohw and when VIDEO EDITING or PHOTOGRAPHY on PC get an AMD RYZEN processor as its OMG SO MUCH FASTER for that workflow! Intel is faster for gaming not editing!

  • JesseDriftwood says:

    That t3i was such a champ for its time! Swivel screen, and it was one of the only cameras that had the built in crop modes for video. That thing saved my butt on more than one wedding before I could afford a decent tele lens.

  • Gary Jahman says:

    Cool tips! I started with a phone camera called the LG Viewty and a lot of my friends were impressed with the photos. After that I literally practiced with borrowing cameras from local stores

  • Foto Finn says:

    I still use the t3i! It's still an insane camera

  • EastCountyToday says:

    Gotta love those T3I's…. that said, this was a great video. Need more of this collaboration. Awesome duo right here.

  • TPCHSRT says:

    Funny thing is that I still use my canon t3i 😩 but do have different lens and I try to make it work as best as I can!

  • Supreme Crusader says:


    You are SOOO Canadian. lol

  • arfreeman11 says:

    This whole video made me smile after a rough day at work. I started with a Nikon D3300 and loved it, but I love my Fuji mirrorless more.

  • Luqman Mahoro says:

    Same to me i started with that camera

  • Kyle Snook says:

    One thing I appreciate about this video is it pertains to the beginner/intermediate camera users that could use tips like these πŸ˜…

  • Kid Stagram says:

    Great video!!!! Love it! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

  • The Tired Dad Tech says:

    t3i FTW! That thing served me well!

  • Premiere Gal says:

    Yessss! Love these tips πŸ™‚

  • Rjadrays says:

    I'm only 16 and I started photography last year on the Canon t3i. To me, it still feels like a new camera.

  • Julien Taming says:

    Started on a Nikon D3000

  • Bee Irakabaho says:

    Can a mirrorless camera be just as good as a DSLR for photography? I am getting the m50

  • Micha says:


  • Valentin Busuioc says:

    you two are so funny! @Lizzie, ditch Chris, he's way too serious, take Sara πŸ˜›

  • Joseph Taylor says:

    Was borrowing a canon 50d from a friend until I got comfortable on it after a few months and was able to afford my first DSLR, picked up a 5D classic that looked brand new with a CF to SD adapter, a 50mm 1.8 lens, some weird kit lens, and two batteires for like 250$ feelsgoodman

  • Scott Davis says:

    Is it bad that I would literally move from the UK to Canada just learn from all of them πŸ˜‚

  • Aagraha Shrestha says:

    Subscribed for giving us a free presets! cheers!

  • Guru Vishnu says:

    Was lovely😍😍😍

  • Robert Brinson says:

    Enjoyed your video, but not exactly what I was looking for. I'm looking to get into photography for my own interests, family, wildlife, nature, but I want to get better results than you can get with a phone without taking out a second mortgage on the house. I'm always disappointed with the results when I take a picture with my phone of something that isn't right in front of me. I've been doing some research, and since I'm interested in doing some photography on hikes and backpacking excursions, I NEED for the equipment to be as light as possible. That has led me to look into mirrorless cameras, such as the Canon EOS M50, but then I look at the selection of native lenses, and I get worried that I will be limited by the lenses. I then start looking at the Canon EOS Rebel SL3, which has a plethora of compatible lenses, but has the extra weight of a traditional DSLR. Since you do a lot of travel photography, do you have any opinions/experience on this matter? Any suggestions for cameras and lenses that will help me get started with good results but not break the bank? πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  • Shaun Ramage says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder on being scrappy as a young photographer! I was shooting an event last night looking at other photographers with their $10,000 setups and dreaming but you know what, I got all the shots I needed for my client with my a6300 and a $100 35mm lens. Love this so much!

  • Megan Marie says:

    I started photography last year and I’m currently using the canon powershot sx610 hs. I’m hoping to upgrade soon to get better photos and great video quality for my channel πŸ™‚

  • Ted H says:

    Can you do me a favor? Can you caption your videos? I'm deaf and I depend on captions to understand what's being said. Thank you.

  • Floris Fiedeldij Dop says:

    Aw. The end clips xD

  • Don DP says:

    @4:22 what color is that background? It looks really nice for a photo background

  • stuart neil says:

    I started on a Kodak Instamatic with flash cubes! I was 11 at the time. Skip 10 years and I got a Praktica B200 slr. Loved Ilford’s black and white film that used monochrome dye instead of sliver. Still have a second hand Bronica somewhere but I’m getting great shots with my iPad, on the odd occasion that I imagine I’m actually a photographer!

  • Animation Complex says:

    You two have always channeled a similar energy! So happy to see you on screen together!!

  • Rui Tavares says:

    Lagoa do Fogo – SΓ£o Miguel – Azores πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the visit πŸ™‚

  • Wadger Catcher says:

    This made me a laugh and was good tips…. Mrs liked it but said you are both too good looking.

  • Paras finn says:

    Templit,template, same thing

  • KINGinaNORTH says:

    You guys are far too cute together! Video was actually very enjoyable and informative, great video!

  • Steph B says:

    Okay you two are awesome!! As a new photographer, this was so darn helpful! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Naturally Timeless Photography says:

    The two of you are super nice. I would never even let a family member let alone a friend borrow one of my cameras. My cameras never leave me.

  • Nixon Thuo says:

    Bro in and take it! Still laughing….lens whacking was a great technique thanks

  • Til Kosir says:

    How come she has a TOMOS nike lol

  • Meg Igarashi says:

    I loved how this was filmed and your tips as well!! So much awesomeness!! πŸ˜†πŸ‘

  • TheGai says:

    I still shoot on the T1i oof sobs

  • Lyle Stavast says:

    hey a new phrase to tell someone who's being flaky and you want them to calm down …. "man, get the slack out of your strap !"

  • Richard Wagner says:

    Lizzie what is your opinion of the Nikon Coolpix 600 please????

  • Joe M says:

    Really helpful tips

  • Joe M says:

    Really helpful tips

  • Zulu Fox Photo says:

    Easily two best female YouTubers in the game right now.

  • Islamic Media says:

    You are beautiful.

  • Alain Abrahan says:

    I don't know if you like that kind green dark theme on your videos but I think you should be getting better light inside that room

  • Arnab Biswas says:

    Just buy a used 5d classic and a 35mm f2. Just spending somewhere around 5 hundred bucks you can get yourself a robust professional setup. It's that simple

  • Mary Betsy says:

    πŸ™‹also started on a T3i!

  • 2gnospam says:

    Darktable is free.

  • lizzy and i oop- says:

    I'm 13 and I'm trying to save up for a camera

  • Working Holiday says:

    Sara and Lizzie! What a power, energie and dream team!!! SO COOL! Thank you cheers Daniel

  • Johnny lopez says:

    How much would u ask if they booked u

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