What Equipment Do You Need to Go From Beginner to Serious Photographer?
Photography can be extremely rewarding, but to have the best photographs, you need to have the right camera equipment. To go from a beginner photographer to a serious one, below are four things that you must consider:
Choose the Right Camera
To be a serious photographer, you need to have a good single reflex (SLR) camera. Ask any serious photographer about which is the ‘best’ camera, you will get a different answer. Whichever brand you go with – Canon, Sony, Nikon or a dozen others – keep your type of photography in mind.
Do you photograph a lot of sports? Then a fast shutter speed is important. Or do you take a lot of portraits? Then consider a camera with a higher megapixel count. What about low lighting photos? For artsy photos, you might even opt for a film-based camera. For wedding photos, high performance in low light is critical.
Choose the Right Lens
The type of work you do the most will indicate how to spend money on lenses. If you do a lot of sports, wildlife, and adventure shots, then a good telephoto lens is key. For taking landscape shots or class photos, a wide-angle lens is necessary. A good fixed, 50 mm lens may be the best option for taking portraits.
Choose a Good Processing System
For a serious photographer, a good processing system is vital, or the best photograph can come out average. For a film camera, we recommend making your own dark room and learning how to use it. For digital, a good computer with a solid photo-editing program is needed.
Choose a Good Tripod
A stable tripod is very important for any type of serious photography. Tripods range from a foot tall up to over six feet. It is easy to save money on a tripod; there are many inexpensive options available. However, if the tripod is unsteady at all, it’s worse than useless. Make sure you save enough budget in your serious photography budget for a solid tripod.
If you keep these four things in mind, your foray into serious photography will be much more successful.