Sometimes people try to improve their photography by purchasing expensive cameras. Admittedly, there are now cameras that can do amazing things. However, high-end equipment can cost many thousands of dollars – even tens of thousands! For the average person, this is simply out of reach.
I use a Canon SX700 HS, which is a 30x optical zoom camera. I can’t recommend it to you, because I’ve been using it for a decade and new models are no longer available. But similar products can be found, costing slightly more than the $350 I paid at the time. When I prorate this cost, my Canon has cost me $35/year to own ($350/10 years).
However, this does not include accessories. The only accessories that I use on a daily basis are lens cleaning cloths, an extra data storage card, six batteries, and two battery chargers. I rarely use a tripod in the field, since portability is paramount to me.
Realistically, a low-end camera like this, plus the additional supplies, will run around $600. I also have a desktop computer on which I’ve installed Corel Paintshop Pro. Using software to edit digital photos is one of the keys to better pictures. As of this writing, PaintShop Pro runs around $100. (There are many Paintshop Pro instructional videos available on YouTube.)
I realize $700 is still outside of many people’s budgets. But no matter what camera you use, much of what I’ll cover in this and following articles may help you to take better photos.