A professional photographer may have a lot of “stuff” but you can generally fit everything you need in a small backpack that you can carry everywhere around. Into the backpack should go the following: a good camera, a lens or two, film or memory cards, extra batteries, a battery charger, and a lens cloth. If you have a more advanced camera, you’ll need the external flash and batteries for it, as well. In this blog, we’ll learn some considerations for purchasing the most suitable equipment as per your needs.
Point and Shoot or Digital SLR ?
When you’re purchasing a camera, think about what you’d like to do with it, how much time you want to devote to photography, and what your budget is. If you’re a point-and-shoot type of person, don’t buy a camera that is overly complicated or too heavy. You can make great pictures with a small camera that fits into your purse or pocket. At the same time, don’t under-buy if your goal is to shoot art photographs.
If you want interchangeable lenses, buy a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera instead of a point-and-shoot. SLRs have the advantage of letting you build your lens collection gradually. You can start off with a normal focal-length lens (the kind most cameras come with), and later, you can build a repertoire of lenses, based on what you like to shoot.
You can buy a low-end camera, but buy the best lenses you can afford. Better lenses are both sharp and have the ability to open up for more light, allowing you to shoot in a broader range of situations.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon, or Nikon? It’s the Coke or Pepsi for photographers. If you ask Professionals, one person will say it's Canon while the other one will say it's Nikon. So which camera is best? That’s a matter of opinion—but that doesn’t mean the individual camera brands don’t have characteristics that may make them more suited to one type of photography or one type of photographer over the other. This is the sort of question that really just turns into people displaying their brand loyalty. Canon and Nikon generally dominate the market for DSLR cameras, and they do so for good reasons. Other camera makers do make some good products, but Canon and Nikon are consistantly good, and each offers pretty much anything you could need. The best way for you would be to try few cameras from both the brands and then decide which one you prefer depending upon the photos and color reproduction produced by both the brands and other factors. At the end it will be a personal preferences to select one of the two brands.
1. Tripod: You will also want to add a tripod or monopod in your camera kit. Using a tripod is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve your photography. A tripod eliminates camera shake because it basically bolts the camera to the ground. Be sure your tripod can easily hold the weight of your camera and your largest lens.
2. UV Filter: Thus, protection is a big business for camera retailers and manufacturers, and part of the reason why UV filters sell so well. These are thin, circular pieces of glass that fit over the front of your lens, and according to numerous photographers and retailers, can protect from scratches, smudges or cracks.
3. Lens Hood: A tube or ring attached to the front of a camera lens to prevent unwanted light from reaching the sensor.
4. Flash: An external flash provides superior control over the lighting and exposure of the subject in low light (and even in bright light where you need to fill-flash) situations.
Any camera you buy should feel comfortable in your hands. Make sure you can reach all the controls and that it’s not too heavy for you.