You don’t need a lot of equipment to get started with photography.
But you really don’t want to be without:
- Camera body with at least one lens. Kit lens is usually a good starting point. Make sure you use the manual to learn how to use it.
- Plenty of memory cards. Make sure you have your camera set to a decent image quality. To get the best results you may want to consider taking raw images which take up a lot of space.
- Computer with space (or a hard drive) and editing software: you’ll need a computer to store and edit your photos on. I absolutely prefer Adobe Lightroom for editing, but you can find some basic editing programs for free online. Make sure you backup your images, either to a hard drive or to the cloud.
- Cleaning equipment: The lens of your camera will need to be cleaned regularly to get rid of dust and marks. A good blower and a microfiber cloth from ebay should work just fine.
- Spare batteries: Don’t underestimate the need for batteries. Always carry at least one extra.
You may also like this photography equipment:
- Bag: having a camera bag is a good idea to protect your equipment and to keep it all in one place when you go out to take pictures.
- Card reader: If you have a card reader it can make transferring your photos from the camera to the computer a bit easier and faster, but it is not vital.
- Tripod: Depending on the kind of photography you want to be doing a tripod might come in handy. If you know you will be using a long shutter speed it’s hard to do without one.
As well as learning to use your particular camera, you may want to consider taking a photography course to learn all about exposure, light, composition and how to get the image you are trying to take.