I have been borrowing my library's camera the past few months and am getting sick of it. I want to buy my own camera, but the camera I want costs around $1600. I do not have that money but really want to get a camera to embark on a film project that would mean a lot to me and has an inspirational message. Can organizations, schools, and individuals provide funds or grants to help?

  • 2
    I suggest starting with a smartphone for $20, does not even have to be connected to the cellular network. Or any used consumer camera off eBay for around $100 or less. Build a portfolio, then maybe get some paid customers, then you will have money for a bigger camera. – Rusty Core Oct 10 at 23:58

I remember when I was in high school I used to borrow their Canon 600D to use over the weekends. I loved it, but it was upsetting to have to return it every Monday. Like you, I couldn't afford to buy one at the time.

It wasn't until I got a casual retail job that was able to buy my first camera.

Now I'm a little older and have a steady(ish) income, I'm able to lease more expensive cameras and pay them off over time.

I'd argue that if you're after an individual/organisation to offer you a grant, you'd need a solid portfolio to convince them to do so. If no-one seems interested, then I'm afraid you'll need to wait and buy one yourself.

It doesn't need to be a $1600 camera right now, it can be an older second-hand one, because ultimately, if you have a good story, it doesn't matter what camera you use to tell it.

You can always hire a camera cheaply for a project or if you have a project that you want to film then you could crowdfund that.

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.