Actually I have two older digital cameras. The one on the left is a Nikon D5000 that I bought in 2010 and is only 12 megapixels. The one on the right is a Nikon CoolpixA and that one is only 16 megapixels. Both of these cameras will produce a high quality 36" print. I have 36" prints hanging in my house and they look awesome! The CoolpixA will go up to a 48" print. Of course the caveats are that the image has to be sharp, free of camera motion blur, and free of extreme visible noise.
A tripod can be a great investment to the quality of your photographs or it can open up the door to low light opportunities or long exposure opportunities.
I've always felt that one of the most important pieces in the equation is the lens. The lens is extremely important. I prefer to use prime lenses because I love the quality of the images that they produce. Means I can't zoom in or out while standing in one spot... it's essentially a fixed view or fixed focal length. I have to move my feet and change location in order to "zoom" in or out... sometimes that is not always possible.
Prime lenses (fixed focal length lenses) help you to really focus on your composition and the elements in your photo and how they are aligned or structured. I've been using my 35mm Nikon lens for many years now. I purchased it back in 2012 for $199. Certainly got my mileage out of it.
Editing your photos on your computer is another very important element in the equation. Sure you can certainly buy Photoshop and drop a chunk of money. But do you really need to? Most of my editing happens on free programs such as Nikon VeiwNX2, GIMP, and Photoscape. In January of 2017, I finally purchased a photo editing software (Corel PaintShop Pro for ~$90) and it does everything that I need it to do.
So in summary, you don't need expensive gear or editing programs to end up with great photos. It's all about enjoying the process and being creative. Some people will love your photographs and some people will hate them. It's like anything else.
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