Photography equipment has changed drastically over the past few decades. As technology advances, more and more features are being packed into cameras which are also becoming easier to use for people who are not trained or do not have a photography background.
There are many brands of cameras out there, but the number one thing that people should be looking for when buying their first camera is ease of use. It is useless to have hundreds of settings with a machine too complicated to use. The user needs a machine that has a simple interface. The latest technology being used is touch screen, where photographers can simply swipe and click with their fingers on the screen on the back of the camera to do anything from format to changing aperture and exposure settings.
While the camera itself is important, it is imperative that the photographer invests in a couple of good lenses. A decent mid-focal range lens is imperative for landscapes while close up macro shots would benefit from a zoom lens, which can also be used for distance shots as well as portraits.
Once the photographer gets a feel for the camera, they should then move to get a wide angle lens which allows for more panoramic photographs. Users can then continue to build their kits, if interested, by going for fisheye lenses – allowing for 180 degree shots.
Another very important piece of equipment is a tripod, especially for capturing fast objects or for those who are passionate in sports events. The tripod is also essential when taking long exposure photographs at night. Unless the camera is held perfectly still, then motion blur will ruin the photographs. Also crucial are “accessories” like lens hoods, filters and polarisers. One more good tip is to always carry a backup battery and extra memory cards, just in case: you don’t want to be stuck with an unusable camera when the fun is just starting!