There are people who say that a good photograph does not need to have a good camera. Enough almost the camera of your mobile phone. Nonsense. If you want to do professional photography – buy a good camera. No soap dish and no mobile phone is not only what makes a good DSLR camera. SLRs are divided into two levels: Amateur and professional. Professional opportunities are greater, but they are more expensive. Better to start with the Amateur cameras and gradually move to the camera of a higher class. To choose your camera, you will have to read a mountain of information, browse through hundreds of images to look for reviews and evaluation.
Camera selection can also depend on the genre in which you are going to work. Some of the equipment sharpened for Studio shooting, and some under-reportage. So you will need to see the specifications of different cameras. The same applies to the choice of optics. Parameters such as focal length, aperture, stabilisation is also dependent on what you will shoot and in what conditions. Besides specific genre may require specific accessories. For example, for portraiture you'll need flash, umbrella and reflector, and for shooting night time landscape photos need a tripod.
Read, and better good learn the theory. Know what is aperture, aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO, etc. is a must. The ideal option is to study theory and constantly consolidate it in practice.
Another important thing is the right angle. It is possible to photograph a woman so that she immediately run to a plastic surgeon. And from crumpets to do quite a slim lady. When taking a portrait you should not remove the top, so as not to distort the picture. Shooting from below is also only used if you want to create a certain effect (for example, to lengthen legs).
As for the lighting. Never fire the flash or other light in the forehead of the victim. The person in the picture will be flat, creased in a frown-squint-crooked (remember the feeling when the sun hurts your eyes). For this reason, the built-in flash is better not to use, and buy a external flash or a set of pulsed light.
Shooting with natural light also requires compliance with this rule. Do not place the model face the sun. Better use the sun as a source of backlighting (lighting from behind) and the face will light via flash or reflector. Very beautiful pictures can be done early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is low and the shadows get very long and beautiful. Another important feature of the world. It can be tough that will lead to a more sharp and deep shadows. And can be mild, then the shadows will be softer. Both can be successfully used in photography and to the wonderful professional pictures.
Do not despise the processing of the resulting images using the photoshop or other image editors.