Below and within this Instructable you can see images that I have taken with these skills and tips!
Step 1: Equipment
When you purchase a camera, you are making an investment. Always do your research before making a purchase. The camera that I own is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K. I purchased it a Wolf Camera for $349.95. While you do not need such a nice camera, it does have its perks. Cheaper is not always better, and the same for more expensive, it's not always better. Should you go digital or film? Digital has a lot of advantages, and it still can be printed like film, but recently I have had my eye on Leica film cameras, yup, I am talking about the $1,000 cameras. So do your research and make a good choice.
Every photographer, amature or professional, should carry a good tri-pod. I own a Quantaray QSX 2001 UT Tripod ($19.99 from Ritz Camera). The qualities that you should look for in a tri-pod are
-height (good if above 3 feet, mine goes up to 49 inches)
-quick release attachment
-rubber non-marking feet
-durable and strong thread
-can hold 3 or more pounds
A tri-pod keeps the camera steady. A steady camera means a good shot.
Do not go cheap here. A cheap case means cheap protection. You want to protect your camera from any damage it could sustain. I have listed two cases that you should look into:
-Pelican GPS/Cell Phone Case ($19.99 from Ritz Camera). These cases are tough, waterproof, dust-proof, and inexpensive. Five stars.
-Pelican 0940 CF Memory Card Case ($19.99 from Ritz Camera). Protect and carry your memory cards with this inexpensive and strong case.
A good memory card with tons of storage means more shooting time. I recommend that you have one or more 2GB or 4GB memory card, and one 512MB or more back up card on hand at all times. Having a backup card means you can keep on shooting when your primary card gets filled up. Don't forget to store your photos onto the computer when you can!
All other equipment and accessories are optional. I have listed only the necessities.