While it may sound hokey, the most important thing a budding photographer needs is a solid grasp of photography fundamentals. High-end equipment does you no good if you don’t know what to do with it. There are free courses and many communities have courses that you can attend if you need face to face. When I began, I sought out a mentor. Point being, there are many ways to get an education but that is what you need first.
Contributor: Michael E. Allen from asharpphoto.biz