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Essential Beginner Camera Equipment

Many of those who come to Oahu and take one of our travel photography tours, are those who are just starting their photography hobby. Whether you have been taking pictures with your smartphone and are ready to learn more about taking beautiful pictures with a professional camera or you have been an amateur photographer for awhile, Oahu Photography Tours offers opportunities to not only learn how to better take pictures, but also the opportunity to capture some of the most beautiful places in the world found in Oahu and Hawaii.

With that being said, often those who want to take their photography to the next level, need to upgrade their equipment. When you take one of our photography travel tours, we offer rental services so there is no need to have invested in photography equipment quite yet, but if you want to continue taking quality beautiful pictures, here is the equipment you need.


First and foremost, you need a high-quality camera. DSLR cameras are a great option for beginning and advanced photographers alike. DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex and is a digital camera with the optics and mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera. When you looking for the right camera for you, you need to find one that works for you. An important question to ask includes: How does this fit in my hand? The ergonomics of the camera is just as important as the quality of your camera. Also, before you purchase a camera, look at it’s menus and controls. Are they intuitive and easy to use? Usability is incredibly important when you are looking for your next camera. Clunky menus and an ill-fitting camera will take away from the joys of photography.


A tripod is an incredibly important photography tool. Tripods allow you to take pictures of scenes that without it, you wouldn’t be able to capture. A tripod must offer stability, fit your particular camera, and offer a variety of height options so that you can get the most out of it.

External Flash

Like other camera gear, an external flash allows you to capture scenes that you wouldn’t have been able to without it. For most, their experience of flash is probably those family pictures where everyone in the picture has “red eyes” and bleached-out skin. When you use an external flash, this is not so. You are able to capture moments that when viewed later, do not have the tell-tale signs of a picture taken with a cheap point and shoot camera. These pictures look incredibly natural.

Photo Software

Though most of the work that goes into taking a great picture happens as you are in the process of taking the picture, the editing process does play a key part in capturing that perfect picture. Photo software allows you to perfect your picture through red-eye removal, color and exposure adjustment, cropping, and more.


Though you can capture much with the lens that comes with your camera, if you want to perfect your pictures, investing in the appropriate lenses is a must. When you are deciding what lenses to purchase you must know prior what kind of photography you want to take. If you are going to primarily be taking portraits, you will need portrait lenses; if you want to focus your time and energies on landscapes, you will want to invest in wide angle lenses.

Extra Memory Cards

Having extra memory cards allows you to take as many pictures as you want and continue taking pictures if for some reason your memory card isn’t functioning. When buying extra memory cards make sure you get a card in the right format SD versus CF and find one with an adequate speed for taking burst photos.

Extra Batteries

If you are taking a lot of pictures during one day, you will need extra batteries for your camera, as well as your flash. If the option is available, invest in rechargeable batteries.

These are just some of the accessories that you will need to begin taking your beginner photography skills to the next level. Follow our blog to read more about other equipment worth investing in and other photography-related topics. And join Oahu Photography Tours for a vacation that you will never forget.