When you're beginning your hobby as a photographer, you might be tempted to go crazy with purchasing brand new, high-end equipment. Slow down and take time to learn before you spend a ton of money. You can take some seriously good photos with a basic point-and-shoot camera, and you can tweak them for free using a variety of online editing programs. Once you start taking more photos, you'll have a much better idea of what kind of camera you want to purchase in the future. Also, if photography turns out to not be your favorite hobby, you won't be strapped with lots of expensive equipment.