You’ve just splashed out a vast sum of money on a shiny new camera to do amazing travel photography, but what’s next? There are so many different lenses, accessories, and even filters to choose from. Most people would not be able to afford to buy everything they need in one go. So what should you buy first?
Fear not, here is a simple guide on what to purchase, and in what order, after you have bought a new camera.
It may seem pretty obvious but you won’t be able to do much without a lens for your camera, so naturally, this should be the first purchase.
But the lens you choose will impact on the quality of your photos. For travel photography, you will be able to get away with only using one lens most of the time so try to buy the best lens that you can afford. Look for something that has a good focal length range and is fairly fast.
Something like a 24-70mm lens will often mean you can get 95% of the shots that you would take.
2. Memory Cards
The next vital purchase is at least one memory card to be able to store your photos.
Again this is something that is worth spending a little more money on in order to buy a higher capacity memory card. If you are going to be shooting in RAW format (which you should be doing) then your file sizes will be large. This means memory cards can fill up pretty quickly. Something like a 32gb or 64gb memory card should usually last a few days, depending on what you’re shooting.
Whether you buy more will come down to your budget. Using one card will mean that you have to clear your memory cards each day or every few days. So if you can afford a couple more, it will be worth the investment.