Advice and recommendations are never too much, but if you’re a beginner, they’re a necessity, so today we’ll see some photography tips for beginners.
To start your career in photography on the right track, you need information and advice. This will provide you with guidance on the correct steps you need to take.
So this is going to be the first step and you are already doing it! You are on the right track! 😉
1 – Search for information and ask questions.
You can do research through the Internet, talk to professional photographers, take a course at a photography school, as well as read some books on the subject.
There are a lot of Internet portals that can give you good information for free… (we are working to make this one of these 😉 )
Apart from that, there are also online forums, which are usually visited by beginners and professionals in the field. With this, you have the opportunity to ask questions about any doubts you have regarding photography.
Here are some of the most popular forums:
2 – Invest in a Tripod.
Having a tripod can bring you a lot of advantages, as far as taking pictures is concerned.
It’s one of the things you need to invest in in order to have higher quality landscape photographs. Apart from that, it will also help you to take magnificent photographs of the sunset or dawn.
Even with the use of a tripod, there’s still a chance that the images will remain shaky, especially if your hands are shaky. This may be due to the way the shutter button is pressed. To avoid that, you can use a remote control or the camera’s timer.
Situations where you may need a tripod:
- “To Take Night Photography.”
- “Photograph Traces of Light”
- “Pictures of Long Exposure During the Day”
- “Light painting.
- “To Make Star Trails.”
- “Photograph Waterfalls and Waterfalls.”
3 – Experiment with Camera Settings.
This is something very important, you must know your camera to take full advantage of its potential.
Even your compact camera can be more flexible and powerful than you know. Read the instruction manual to decipher all those little symbols. As you explore, try shooting with multiple settings to learn what effects you can achieve with each of them.
When you’re looking at the pictures on your computer, you can check the EXIF data (usually in the file properties) to see the settings you used.
4 – Don’t Buy More Equipment Until You Master the One You Have.
One question beginners often ask is what lens to buy, since the one in the kit doesn’t give them sharp enough images. Before buying more equipment, you need to understand and master the basics of photography. It’s a good idea to have at least a year’s experience and then figure out what your needs are.
There are very important things that a beginner must learn before someone notices that the image is not super focused. Most blur problems that are normally seen are technical problems, not the lens. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, buying a new lens will be a good investment and will improve the quality of your images.
The same applies to other photographic equipment. It’s no use buying a complete photo studio if you don’t master the basics of lighting.
5 – Imagine, Plan, and Create.
There’s nothing wrong with looking at a great picture for creative inspiration.
You can spend time thinking and thinking about what kind of picture you want to create and how you can make it. So let’s get to work. Most great photographs take a lot of planning. Make every photo yours, whether it’s a change in lighting or composition.
Many photographers make sketches before making the actual shot. This can also make your techniques much better.
6 – Share Your Photos Online
Sharing photos (on websites like Flickr, 500px, 1x, etc) is something you can do from day one, as it looks like a “work in progress”, where you can build your portfolio, showing your work, and in fact, build your own identity as a photographer.
You can also be part of a peer group for the mutual support and sense of community of the photographers. Flickr is tremendously useful for two reasons: to see your work grow and to get comments and critiques from others.
However, you have to be careful with the culture of sharing photos all the time, because sometimes the comments of people on these sites can be somewhat misleading.
7 – Follow Some Photography Enthusiasts.
An excellent way to learn is to follow bloggers who have good photos, not just blogs about photography.
There are tons of bloggers out there, photographers who not only share their portfolio, but also publish techniques, interesting news, their own photo shoots, and so on. (if you are one of them share your blog in the comments ;))
In addition, not only can you follow photographers, there are many bloggers who publish on other topics, but illustrate everything with great photographs. You can also learn from them!
8 – Using Photoshop is not Cheating.
Editing digital images in photography is very important. Photography is art. You don’t have to be closed-minded about editing. An edited photo is not a “fake photo” as many call it.
Long before Photoshop existed, photographers did the editing in the lab at the time of developing. This has always existed, and it was not considered to make a fake photo. So feel free to edit your photos.
Of course this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the best from the shot. Editing does not replace the original shot, it simply enhances it. You should ALWAYS try to get the best you can from the shot, which at the same time will give you more freedom when editing.
9 – Sign up for a photography course
Doing a photography course is also a very good idea to start off on the right foot. In addition, following a course provides a guide and a few steps to follow, so you won’t be overwhelmed by the vast amount of information you can find on the Internet.
In the course you will learn how to operate a digital camera and the different shooting modes. It will also explain the fundamental parameters of reflex cameras: ISO Aperture and shutter speed.
A highly recommended course, perfect for beginners. You can see more details about this course here.
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We hope you find these tips useful, and if they work for you, share them!