Digital photography is great fun and a relaxing exercise. Lengthy darkroom processes are no more required to get good quality photos as a result of digital photography. But you still need to discover those tricks that produce a good picture. And the first thing will be to choose the equipment that is best suited with your needs as well as tastes. For example if you want to record only your business and household parties or your family vacations and not have much time to do that either, in that case purchasing a full featured DSLR will be a waste of money and what is more you may never have time enough to master the plentiful controls and finish up taking hardly any or no good shots.
If you are a very busy and heavyweight person such as a company GM you probably won’t be able to carry about a big flashgun or even a tripod. Pick a basic DSLR model or else a great quality compact. On the other hand if you want to be more creative in your free time you could go in for a light tripod and a good flashgun as well in addition to perhaps an extra tele or wide lens if you are using a DSLR. However if you want o truly get down to the thing then you have to do some more thinking.
If you feel you would like to travel out into the wilds and shoot a flowing rapid, or a soaring kite or a playing cat, purchase a stable and hardy tripod. Buy a hardy DSLR as well and one with a good frame speed and minimum shake and low camera noise during high ISO and low light shots. Maybe you can get a few lenses like a good a couple of good wide lenses a mid range zoom and a tele. If you are shooting animals then you must get a couple of good teles. Absolutely invaluable is a polarizing filter.
If glamour is your way, get a light weight camera and light lenses. Sometimes only one good range zoom lens is enough. Don’t make it too bulky or you can spoil your shots. Also get a strong flash, a studio flash system and special effect filters like soft tones and diffusers. Usually a single apartment room is enough for most of your indoor shots. Don’t neglect the outdoors and the sun. But don’t forget to pack in adequate thermocol and butter paper to act as reflectors and diffusers otherwise too much sunshine or deep shades may spoil your photographs. Take a basic, medium weight, stable tripod.
It is very important to get protective gear for both you and your camera and you. Just as your digital camera needs to be in the good condition so do you. If you are feeling uneasy during a shot it may well be lost. Purchase a water-resistant travelling bag for your digital camera and sufficient silica gel. Silica Gel is a compound that absorbs any wetness around it. Carry waterproofs so that you can conceal yourself during a spell. Do not neglect to put on gloves in chilly regions. If your fingers get numb you can’t click.