One of the most common questions that I am asked is – “I would like to get more serious with my photography, what should I buy to get better pictures?”
Well it is not an easy question to answer as a lot depends on the type of photography that you want to do. I will address this question from the position of wanting to get some great nature and wildlife pictures.
Camera – A SLR camera (one that will take interchangeable lenses) and it is at least 8mp you are starting at a good place. I would upgrade other equipment first if your camera meets these criteria.
Lenses – A good wide angle lens and a good telephoto lens is a must. You do not need to go with the $4000.00 lens but small improvements in your lens range will help to bring in the subject better or give you a better wide angle capability.
Flash – For nature and wildlife I would stay away from spending on any flashes. More important areas should be updated first.
Tripod / Monopod – If you do not have a good tripod this is an area that you should look at. The cheaper tripods are fine as a platform to hold your camera but a good tripod will hold your camera still and allow you to pan with your lens. Monopods are a great option if you like to hike or just need some extra support. Cheaper than a tripod and a lot lighter these are designed to add some additional support to your camera, a tripod is still recommended for longer exposures.
Carrying bag – A good carrying bag is a must to keep things organized and safe. If you do a lot of hiking get a good backpack and you will never regret it.
Batteries – Extra batteries are relativley cheap and a great idea. Nothing is worse than getting out to a location and running out of power. A in-vehicle charger is also a good idea to charge your batteries if you are going to be on location for a number of days.