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.

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  1. the best Telephoto lens that i have used on an SLR is the Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8 lens. Best image quality ever.~*”

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