- An SLR.. such as the Canon 5d MII and the 17-40L zoom, 24-105L zoom and 100-400L zoom.
- A Pocket Camera.. (Compact digital) such as the Canon S90. I find these cameras extremely useful.
- A phone.. one of my most memorable images I took with a phone.. follow this link to see why.. Mormons in Buenos Aires, Argentina
A pocket camera will do most of the jobs that an SLR camera will do, for around $500 -$800. An exception being the wildlife photography that requires the big telephotos. They are surprisingly good at macro shots of plants and flowers.
What else helps? A tripod – it allows you to look closely at what is in the viewfinder and think about what it is you are photographing. You get no camera shake or movement. I have a friend in Queenstown, NZ who uses a Canon G9 (Compact point and shoot) with a tripod. You can see his work at Peter’s Flickr page.
Once you get the hang of things, and you use a programme like Adobe Lightroom, something to help you compensate White Balance is useful- such as the WHIBAL, see http://www.rawworkflow.com/ I won’t eleborate too much, but our brain compensates for the change in the colour of light which occurs when it is a cloudy day or we are in the shade. Our cameras don’t do as good a job and sometimes get the colours a little wrong. (Ever noticed some cloudy day photos seem a little too blueish?).
Also, each camera captures colours differently. Because of this fact, this product is a must… it will allow you to create a profile of your camera and display consistent colour .. the product is the ColorChecker Passport, from X-Rite. I have noticed a dramatic reduction in processing time in Adobe Lightroom, because of this product. see my blog post for a bit more info..