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The Accidental Photographer: Camera, Tripod, Cut!

03/02/2014 14:25 GMT | Updated 02/04/2014 10:59 BST

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life, so they say: actually it was Confucius. It must be particularly true if you are a photographer, amateur or professional: in fact, one can go on holiday and take pictures that will possibly pay for the trip. The right equipment and frame of mind is key, and I would like to share what I have learnt as a journalist who also is an amateur photographer when on a 'mission'.

Personally, I always make sure pictures accompany my features: editors might not always use all of them, but they appreciate the effort, especially if visiting a place or for interviews for example. I bought for this purpose a Canon EOS 350D for a mere £ 100 in a local shop in London, UK- there is a tiny scratch on the lens, but it doesn't affect the quality of the pictures. It's an older model but it takes some truly stunning shots which I have been able to market very well. So, what basics does a travel photographer need?

In terms of equipment, it goes without saying that you will need a good camera: there is a vast choice out there, but no 'automatics' please. We are definitely spoilt for choice, and digital cameras are simply amazing: there are many, at different price tags. See here a list of the most popular digital cameras: http://digital-photography-school.com/popular-digital-cameras-and-gear

Once you have done your research and have grabbed a decent camera, what really makes the difference is the number and types of lenses you use: if there something worth investing, it's that. You can achieve some really amazing effects, especially for panoramic shots. This may be of help: http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/reviews/1/lenses.htmlhttp://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/reviews/1/lenses.html

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After covering the basics, a serious travel photographer should not forget to invest in a camera tripod for travel photography. You may think it's not a key 'ingredient', and you are wrong there because a camera tripod will make your life a thousand times easier. A light, adjustable tripod is all you need to catch a beautiful sunset or a stunning panorama. Do not leave without a one, you may almost certainly regret it! This is your guide to a camera tripod for travel photography.

Also remember to get a 'shooter bag': a bag big enough to contain essentials (lenses, flash, journalist pad, card case, car reader, cleaning equipment, 120-300 gig hard drive for photo storage), but small enough to allow you to carry it on your back, where it can't bother you when taking pictures - and you wouldn't want to forget it somewhere, it would be a proper disaster!

Last but not least, you need to come armed with patience. You may get the shot you want there and then, but if for example you are after a certain picture (an animal, a place with a distinctive light, people) it may take time: like everything else, if you don't succeed the first time, persevere. Stating the obvious? A photographer is an artist: we portray something that is there, but we also interpret it. Photography, to me is a little bit like painting, and it's certainly a lot of fun. So, if you are travelling soon, arm yourself with a good camera, a tripod and good attitude: you may end up selling quite a few shots! Here follow a few tips to take stunning pictures: http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/europe/19-tips-for-better-travel-photos