Photography is an art and, as with most things, it takes a lot of practice before you start getting it right. You will learn a lot from your own mistakes and from simply playing around with features and functions to see exactly what effect this has. Othman Louanjli developed an interest in photography and understands how important it is for beginners to practice. It also helps to read helpful hints and tips to get started.
Buying the Gear
The first step to getting started in photography is buying the gear, particularly your camera. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a top of the range camera will automatically make you a good photographer. In fact, quite the opposite could end up being the case if you purchase a camera that you don’t have the experience to use or understand. Look at some of the cameras that are on the market within your budget and spend time researching, reading reviews and looking over forums to help you decide. With most entry-level camera models, differences in price relate to different features rather than improved quality of image, so bear this in mind. The quality of the lens is more important in terms of determining the quality of your pictures. Take a look at the attached infographic to find some of the main advantages of a DSLR camera over a traditional point-and-shoot model.
Quantity and Quality
Henri Cartier-Bresson famously stated that the first 10,000 photographs you take will be your worst. The more photographs you take, the better you will get, so take as many as possible in the learning stages and don’t worry too much if most of them are poor quality. Making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn. When in doubt, click! If you spend too much time as a beginner trying to create the perfect shot without actually taking any shots, you may find it takes a lot longer to get to where you want to be. If you see something you want to photograph, then don’t hesitate – better to take the shot and find out it’s not that great than to not take it and forever be wondering if you missed a great opportunity. The short video attachment offers your first tip for taking better images.
Learn from Others
Learn from other peoples’ experiences as well as your own, but this doesn’t mean spending a fortune on photography school. Most of what you need to learn can be found online. If you do find that you require some feedback or more guidance, attending a workshop will let you interact with and learn from experts over a short but intensive space of time, without forking out thousands for a university course or photography school. Connect with other photographers online or by joining local clubs or groups – you will learn equally valuable lessons from other beginners as you will from more experienced photographers and you will probably have more fun learning together too.
Learn How to Use Manual Settings
When you very first start out, by all means use the Auto Mode until you start to get the hang of things. As soon as you feel ready, though, start experimenting with manual settings. It may seem tricky at first, but the more you practice the more you will start to figure out what works best in what situations. Find some beginner’s guides online and just have fun playing around. The PDF attachment helps explain the exposure triangle to get you started. You may end up with some poor quality shots but the more you practice, the more you will find that you can adjust things to perfection.