New travel photographers are always asking me what equipment they should invest in when first starting out. Before I get into what I believe are the basic essentials that beginners should start with, there are a few things that you’ll want to take on board first.
- A more expensive your camera doesn’t automatically make your photos better. The camera is just a tool, and the main factors are things like composition, lighting, and technical aspects, like focus.
- Start with the basics and build up from there. The last thing any travel photographer wants to do is drag a ton of camera equipment around.
- Get adequate insurance to cover your camera and accessories. Accidents and thefts do happen when you travel with cameras.
Now to the list. Obviously, this all depends on your budget, but here’s the basic list of equipment that I think novice travel photographers will need.