This is a great time to be a photographer on a tight budget. Frugal photographers now have access to a wide range of amazing low-cost digital photography tools. This website offers photos, tips, and reviews from the frugal photographer Don Peterson. Download free photographic art images featuring travel, nature, and just about anything that catches my eye. I share cheapskate photography tips on getting the most from inexpensive camera equipment. My photography subjects include Times Square, New York City, New Mexico, flowers, cherry blossoms and more! I offer many of my high-resolution photos as free downloads for personal use. Click on thumbnails for my most recent photos and articles. Use the menu above to see more. Enjoy!
All cameras are good enough! If you have a DSLR camera that provides 6-megapixels of resolution or higher, you’re good to go. Shoot with what you have. Truthfully, it will do even more than your skill as a photographer demands, and for quite some time. Stuffing more megapixels into a camera does not mean you will be able to capture a better photo. Focus on developing your craft, not on your gear. You will be much happier with the photos you create.
Used camera gear offers amazing value! Because major camera manufacturers now introduce new models on a yearly basis, there is a glut of barely used DSLR and mirrorless cameras on the used market. Most of them are eagerly traded in and sold by consumers who buy with their heart, not their head. Digital cameras depreciate rapidly and are, on the whole, very reliable. Just be sure to buy from a reputable dealer and use all the money you save to see camera-worthy places.
A camera is a tool, not jewelry. Often when people buy the latest high priced gear, they are afraid to drop it, lose it, or have it stolen. They treat it like a piece of jewelry, not a photographic tool. That hinders your photographic freedom. When you buy cheaper used camera gear, you tend to treat it more like a tool, and less like an heirloom. You worry less about your gear and more about getting great photos. That makes you a better photographer.
It’s only a hobby. Unless you earn your income as a photographer, why spend more than you need to on camera gear?
I am a cheapskate, and I love to create great photos with inexpensive camera gear. By tapping into the used camera market, and looking for low-cost and free image processing software, you can create images that are every bit as compelling as those shot with professional gear. Spend your money on experiences, not gear, and you will have more memorable photos to share! -Don Peterson