If you are passionate about photography, you may have thought about the possibility of buying your own equipment. The market offer is so wide that it is difficult to understand what are the first steps to take, especially taking into account the prices, usually not low. This article will help you determine the minimum kit needed to get started.
1 – Camera
You are probably searching for a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) but keep an open mind also to other options. If you are truly just starting out, you may be happy with a simple point and shoot until you learn what type of photography you are into and the basic such as framing.
Also, think about the possibility of buying a second hand, in this way you could get a higher quality camera, saving money.
2 – Batteries
As you have been bitten by the photography bug, you’ll most likely have to deal soon with the issue of batteries as well. Invest in good quality batteries, allowing you to better performances. It is always advisable to carry more than one in your bag.
3 – Memory cards
One of the less glamorous aspects of photography is transferring all of your shots from the camera to the computer. If you are serious about photography, it’s worth spending more for a faster card to save you time and energy during this process and also during the shooting phase.
I also recommend having multiple cards to spread your projects across and not too big. That way if you lose or damage one, you won’t lose all of your pictures.
4 – Cleaning Kit
After spending all your money on a new camera, the last thing you want to do is let dust and moisture ruin it. Cameras and lenses are highly specialized pieces of equipment, that need good maintenance. Take time regularly to ensure your photography equipment is clean and dry. It is always necessary to bring a good cleaning kit with you!
5 – Bag, backpack
Now that you have all your equipment and everything is perfectly clean, you’ll want to keep it that way. Find a bag that’s right for you, so that you can protect your equipment from the elements. Make sure it’s comfortable and has room for everything you need when you’re on the go.
6 – Computer
If you are a digital photographer, it is essential for you to have a computer and possibly a post-processing software to edit your images.
Setting up a photography kit can be expensive, but it depends on everyone’s needs. Start small until you know what kind of photography you want to focus on, then build your kit in that direction. Always invest in maintaining your camera so that your equipment lasts as long as possible.