Learning photography can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task – but it’s worth it! Seeing a concept that you created come to life and hearing all the “oohs” and “aahs” of the viewers can be among the most rewarding and exciting experiences you will ever have.
Here are a few tips to get you started…
First – choose the right camera for your skill level. If you have never done any photography at all – and you only want a camera because everyone says you should have one – then a simple, basic point and shoot digital camera will probably be all you ever need. Don’t be talked into getting a camera with all the bells and whistles. The higher expense level would just be a waste of money and would probably be too complex for you and you’ll never use it.
However, if you’ve been bitten by the “photo bug”, you should probably get the best camera you can afford. It will allow you plenty of room to grow and all the creative controls you will need as you progress.
Second – You will need to get familiar with your camera. When they get a new camera, the first thing almost everyone does is to take the manual that came with it and throw it into the junk drawer. This is a mistake.
True it is written in technobabble that not even the author enjoys reading – read it you must. With camera in hand, start at page one and go over it time and time again until you understand everything on that page. Then go to page two.
By the time you are done, you will know more about your camera and how to use it than 90% of everyone out there. Better yet, your photos will show it! When that perfect shot presents itself you will know exactly what to do.
Third – Use your camera as often as you possibly can! Too many of us get a camera, get all excited and take pictures of everything for a week or two, then we put it away and only pick it up again once or twice a year (on special occasions).
Avoid that like the plague! Keep your camera handy and make an effort to use it every day. You’ll find that just by consistently using your camera, your photos will improve more than you may think.
Fourth – Look at pictures in magazines, books and online as often as you can! This will help you recognize the lighting and compositional elements that go into creating a stunning photo. Whenever possible, try to get out there and duplicate them! By trying to copy images, you will learn what was involved in creating them – fast.
Fifth – Take a photography course. While it is possible to learn the techniques and tactics of great photography on your own, the structure of a course will help you learn faster. Plus, you’ll learn concepts you may have not considered before. You could cut years off your photo education.
Grab your camera and get out there! You’ll be surprised at how exciting it is to learn to create stunning photos!
To learn more about a great online class, check out – Photography Master Class
For a bit of fun check out – Trick Photography
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