I love my digital camera. I take it wherever I go. My constant companion is a very basic point-and-shoot Pentax that I got for free by cashing in credit card points. Though it's a bit dinged up, it has served me well for the past six years. It would be nice to have a fancy SLR one someday, but they are a bit pricey. I prefer "free," so I'll wait until I have more points to cash in on my credit card!
What I like most about my camera is how small it is --- about the size of an Altoid tin. My Pentax fits easily in my purse without adding a lot of extra weight. I try to always have it with me in case I pass a great shot begging to be captured.
Once I do start shooting, I take lots and lots of pictures. The beauty of digital photography is that you'll never run out of film. And you shouldn't run out of memory either, as long as you have an extra memory card in your camera. However, your camera shouldn't be confused with a photo album. It's not meant to hold all of the photos you've ever taken. Once I'm at at my computer, I download my photos to my hard drive and delete them from the memory card.
To keep my photos organized, I create a new folder on my desktop for each set of photos so I can easily find them again. I also back up my photos on a portable flash drive in case my hard drive ever crashes. I take that handy flash drive over to my local pharmacy whenever I want paper reprints for family or friends. (Or you can order prints online. But I prefer to sit at the fun photo machine and do them myself. Then I can crop and enhance them as I go.)
Lastly, remember to charge your camera's battery often. I charge mine every evening so I'll never run out of battery power.
Tomorrow, I'll discuss my good friend, the tripod.