When I started with photography, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, what I should buy, which piece of equipment I need or don’t need – everything was a mystery. Now I’m older and wiser, and can therefore use my knowledge to help other beginners not make the same mistakes I did.
The first thing you have to know is how to differentiate something that’s essential (like a car), from something that is good and inexpensive and makes your life easier (like LED light bars), and something that is just a waste of money and does no real good (like a fancy paintjob).
One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you is that, as a novice photographer, you don’t need the newest or most expensive gear. It won’t make you a better photographer, and it’s far better to buy a cheap but decent piece of equipment you can practice on than to buy a expensive piece that’s going to lose its value by the time you learn how to use it properly.
Another essential piece of advice is to just keep it simple. Don’t go buying a ton of equipment until you get at least a solid grasp of the basics of photography. When you’re just starting out, all you need is one boy and one lens. When you learn to use them properly and make decent photos, that’s the time to start thinking about buying additional equipment.
In the beginning, it’s better to invest in a good lens rather than a good camera body. Bodies have a shorter life span, and you will probably outgrow your first one just in time to buy another, while a good lens is good for both beginners and pros. When picking out a body, just go with what is affordable – in my opinion, technology today is so advanced that for a decent price you can get a camera that will be more than what you need as a beginner.
One other important thing is to buy a good memory card. This is where you should aim to get the best quality. If you get a few decent shots, it would be a shame to see them disappear because you got that cheap second-hand memory card. And while you’re at it, you can also buy an extra card as a backup, if your first one fills up while you’re out shooting, and you don’t have time to stop and erase photos at that particular time.
Once you get a nice grasp of the basics of photography, one of the first things you should buy is a tripod. Tripods are used to take photos of people, products, etc. It allows you to take some nice long exposure shots that would wind up being blurry if you were to shoot them by hand. It’s also a great thing to have when taking family portraits, as well as outdoors nature shots. Although professional tripods cost a pretty penny, you can get some decent ones for fewer than 30 dollars.