While photography is a lot of fun it can be rather daunting to venture into when you don´t know where to start.
From camera phones to DSLR to mirrorless, countless of lenses, understanding composition, color, light and edting, all this certainly does not make it any easier.
If you do not encounter many of this terms starting out they will surely appear the more you get into photography.
Just forget about all the advanced stuff to begin with, get out there and enjoy taking pictures and have fun, everything will come together eventually.
The most important and the very first question you should ask yourself.
Do you like the vast landscapes or perhaps the smaller details of nature ?
Perhaps you want to get into portrait or wedding photography, or maybe food photography.
It certainly can change over time, but if you have a somewhat clear idea of what you like to see before you go into photography it will make it a whole lot easier moving forward.
Try to find the answer to this question before you start out.
Get the right gear for you
If say you like birds and you want to take pictures of birds then you want to get a good telephoto lens, a decent camera and a tripod or monopod to keep things steady, other things you might want to get at the same time is camouflage clothes and binoculars.
If you want to get into landscape photography then you can do with rather inexpensive camera gear, a common misconception is that you need a really good lens that allows more light to pass through, this isn´t true as most landscape images are shot at smaller apertures to get a greater depth of field.
This means you can get a rather inexpensive camera and lens combination plus a good tripod and over time getting a few filters like a polarizer(allows you to remove glare in a scene like reflections on water or plants and it also saturates the image wher strong/harsh light desaturates and deepen blue skies) or a ND filter (blocks out light to allow for long exposure to soften water, clouds or even remove people that are walking infront of your camera).
If you want to get into portrait photography then a lens that gives beautiful background blur and shallow depth of field would be the way to go, a flashlight and/or reflector and difuser might also be great additions to the kit as well as a decent camera. As such a lens allows you to shoot at faster shutter speed most often you do not need a tripod/monopod, at least when starting out.
Perhaps you just want to take a few vacation images and the performance is less important then a inexpensive compact camera will do the job quite nicely while still allowing you to get a bit more advanced than what a mobile phone camera can.
These are just a few examples, you can search up any area in photography and get gear recommendations, the most important thing is that you get what is right for you and your budget.
Also keep in mind that having a computer where you can edit your images on will make a big difference.
Don´t get caught up in the technical
While learning how your camera and lens works is important getting caught up in too much technical stuff can actually impede your creativity.
The camera I am using can do a ton of stuff but for the way I shoot I just need about 30% of the features of the camera, to date I have not even used a flash as I have never had the use for it hence not felt the need to learn about it.
Learn just enough about how your gear works, get to know the basic things like ISO, shutterspeed and f-stop, try to be the one controlling the camera instead of having everything on auto and having the camera decide for you, which is a sure way to get disapointing results.
Although JPG files are a nice way to save your images and display them on the web the lossy compression method means that image quality is lost as the file gets smaller.
On most of the cameras today (not talking mobile phone cameras) you will see a representation of your image on the back of the screen after you have shot it, but if it is set to RAW mode the amount of data retained in the file far surpasses that of any JPG image.
This means that you can recover details even in very dark shadows, reduce the effect of bright lights to a certain points, change colors pretty much any way you want and bring to life an image you find pleasing.
Lightroom is a program that can process RAW files, to give you an idea of the potential, in the image you see above there was no light shining in from the sun to begin with.
When you have your gear and know enough to use it, get out there and shoot, or if you shoot the flowers in your house stay inside and shoot.
Think about what you want to say, what effect the thing/person/place you want to photograph have on you, include the things you want in the frame and remove everything else.
Try different angles, adjust if you want a brighter or darker image, do the same if you want a shallow or deep depth of field.
You will probably get a lot of images in the beginning that aren´t quite as you wanted them, but if you find you have the drive to get ever better images you will learn little by little and eventually your images will get exactly as you want them.
This is not a pure guide for how to start with photography but rather pointers and things you might want to consider before starting out.
Most mobile phones have at least a good enough camera to start practicing and that can give you the best indication if it is something you would want to pursue.
Best of luck :)