Picking up Photography Hobby, Need Advice!

Hello all!

I’m a 20 year old college student and I’m trying to pick up a new hobby to keep myself busy while quitting a couple substances and turning my life around. I decided that I wanted to pick up photography – I think it would be interesting to start a photo journal of things I’ve done, places I’ve been, and my experiences as I want to show my future kids and grandkids. Plus my girlfriend loves having her picture taken :)

I’m wondering what’s the best beginner equipment I should get started with? I want a decent handheld camera and I’m also thinking about doing some drone photography. Any recommendations you all have I would appreciate it, just keep in mind that I am on a relatively tight budget.

also, any tips you have for a beginner I would greatly appreciate it!

Picking up Photography Hobby, Need Advice!