Welcome to the part 1 of the Photography for Beginners series. In this part of the series, I go through the importance of gear when it comes to photography, and some advice for those of you that are just staring out on your journey into photography.
Cameras today are SO good
We live in the golden age of cameras. If you buy the right camera today, you may not need to upgrade for many, many years. But that's if you buy the right camera. New photographers usually buy cameras based on reviews and recommendation, which can be good, but it's best to fully understand what your needs are and what cameras best fit those needs before taking the plunge. But sometimes it's just too exciting to but a camera so lots of people will rush into it. I'm sure that some of you reading this might have rushed into your first camera.
Here's what to do instead
When you're just starting to learn photography, I encourage you to forget about researching cameras for the time being and, instead, focus on learning the craft. Cameras will always help out, and better cameras and equipment can make it much easier to take images, but the skill of photography is what's most important.
My recommendation for those of you that are just starting out is to borrow a camera from a friend or a family member that isn't using theirs (I'm sure you can find someone). Borrowing a camera not only lets you learn the craft of photography without having to invest any money up front, it allows you to learn what you like and don't like about the camera that you're using so that you have better judgement when finally buying your first camera!