Most photography beginners feel overwhelmed by the thousands of lenses, accessories and equipment pieces they find on various websites or in online shops. As very few beginners can afford to buy them all, you need to be able to define and prioritize your needs, in order to make the mandatory purchases first, and add more to your photography equipment as you gain experience. This can save you from investing in items you don’t actually need. As you gain more experience, you’re going to identify your needs, thus being able to add more gear to your photographer’s toolkit.
You should start by defining the type of photography you like the most. If you are a fan of street photography and portraits, you should invest in one or two high quality prime lenses. If f/1.4 is too expensive for you, you can go for an f/1.8, as it is also a very good choice at less than half the price. The wide aperture and the narrow depth of field have the effect of detaching the main subject from the background, and creating a beautiful bokeh. If you love these portraits on blurry backgrounds, you have to add this type of lens to your shopping list. As a matter of fact, such lenses can help you obtain beautiful indoor shots without the need for a flash, as they allow a lot of light to enter the camera.
If you want to try your hand at night photography, you’ll have to purchase a sturdy tripod. In addition, you may need a shutter remote control. Modern camera models can be used in conjunction with a smartphone which can act as a remote shutter. You should check your type of camera, and then decide whether or not to buy this piece of equipment.
These are only a few examples of the way you should think when you put together your photography equipment shopping list. There are many other issues you have to take into consideration, so you’ll probably need to spend some time reading and understanding the basic functions, as well as the benefits of each of these items.
When choosing your equipment, you need to check all technical specifications with great care. You need to make sure everything you buy matches your specific brand and model of camera. If you get the wrong thing, you can return your purchase, but why not make the correct choice right off the bat, and avoid all this hassle? When in doubt about something, you should ask the shop assistant to guide you, in order to pick the right items for your camera. In addition, you can become a member of various photography communities, as their members are very knowledgeable and willing to share their experience with beginners like you. It’s not a shame to ask questions, so try to clarify your photography notions before starting to spend money on equipment. You are going to be happy you’ve taken your time to make an informed choice.