Camera and lens question from @colewilquet

Hey Sedition, my name is Cole Wilquet and I Am a aspiring music photographer. I have a few questions. I'm in the process of buying a Nikon D3200, the camera comes with a bundle. A 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-200mm f/4-56 lenses. I've heard these are really bad and will effect my pictures (just what I've heard) and was told to buy a nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens. What are your thoughts on that? And I want to go on tour with a band. How do I achieve that? Do you get paid? And im looking for a mentor to help with future questions, do you know anyone (or your self) who would be interested in helping a new photographer out?


Hi Cole! Thanks for writing. Picking your first camera is hard. I went with Canon as I personally like the Canon menu system better than the Nikon menu system. For a starter camera the d3200 is a great choice. (Well, pretty much any modern dslr is a great choice these days...) There is nothing wrong with the lenses themselves in that bundle, the problem comes when you try to shoot in low light with them. The aperture just does not open up enough to let in the light you need in a concert situation. That's not to say that those lens are unusable. This shot of Jefferey from Capture The Crown was taken at f5 1/640th of a second at iso 3200 with a similar canon lens to the 55-200 you listed above. You will want a "faster" lens than those though. The 35mm 1.8 would be a great choice to start out with. (Faster means a wider aperture which means a lower number which means it lets more light in to the camera's sensor...)


As far as going on tour with a band goes, there are hundreds of other photographers that want the same thing and it's a hard thing to achieve. If it's something you really want to do though your best bet is to learn a different skill that is more useful to a touring band and to do photography on the side. I've never had a band hire me on as a tour photographer (I have had some offers to drive for bands though I have had to turn them down due to other prior commitments with my current driving job.) Sure lots of people may love my work but it's hard for a band to justify the added expense. Especially when like I said, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT WANT TO TOUR AS WELL. Build relationships learn useful skills and one day you should be able to achieve touring though. All it really takes is hard work and perseverance it could be years but if you really want it you can make it happen.