As someone who has been taking photographs for just over two years, I know the feeling of being completely new to the world of photography. It’s hard, overwhelming, and sometimes incredibly difficult to find your place in a community that is so prolific and collaborative.
That’s why this article is here; it contains 13 brilliant tips for photography beginners! They will make you feel more confident with your camera and help you start building a portfolio that helps you get noticed as an amateur photographer. x768 ashes of the singularity escalation backgrounds are not just things you throw away; they are unique and precious.
1. Take Better Pictures
There’s no point in taking amazing photographs if you can’t find the time to put them up for others to see. That doesn’t mean you need to spend hours on your camera, but it does mean the best pictures will show a mix of technique and luck.
Take a look at your pictures and work on those areas that make them stand out. It doesn’t have to be anything too major – you can make little tweaks that will have a big impact on the final product.
2. Try New Things
If you’re a beginner, then you should start by taking more real life photos as opposed to studio shots as it’s easier to practice in front of an audience. It doesn’t really matter what type of camera you use – so long as it’s not a pricey Canon 5D Mark III or similar. You’ll learn more from real life photographs than ones taken in the studio – which are normally posed and stylised by professionals.
3. Be Critical of Yourself and Others
One of the best ways to evolve and improve is by getting critical feedback on your photographs; this way, you can learn more about your own photography style and how you can improve in future images. Look for newsgroups and forums that discuss photography; post up your best pictures for others to critique – be open about the fact that you’re new so people will be more likely to help out if they think you are learning from their critique!
4. Take Photos of Things You Love
When you first start taking pictures, your camera will look at the world and try to find the ‘best’ shot. It’s almost as if it’s searching for something to photograph; this will cause it to miss out on many amazing photos you would have otherwise taken. Instead of trying to take a perfect picture of that sunset or two people sharing a hot dog, take a picture of things you love!
5. Join Forums
Try to join as many photography forums as you possibly can. They’ll help you learn more about your camera, how to take great pictures and how to tackle tricky situations such as low-light photography. If they guide you wrong, feel free to move on! Somebody who is learning just like you will soon come along and replace them; just be sure not to block the way for others!
6. Read Tutorials
Tutorials are a great way to learn new things about your camera; that’s why I wrote this article! Always try to read around the subject of photography – some things may get old, but most information will be useful in one way or another. It’s a great way to learn more about composition, lighting and how to more effectively use your camera.
7. Teach Others
If you want others to help you, then you need to be willing to help them. This may seem like an obvious point – but it really does work. When somebody asks for advice on their photography – offer it up! If you don’t know the answer, then do your best to find it! If you know the answer, then share it with others; don’t sit on information and try to make yourself look good; instead, help those around you and they’ll be sure to help you in turn!
8. Don’t Sweat Comments
When you’re new, you’ll be all too readily to doubt yourself. Look at your best photos and wonder why they aren’t perfect. They look good in real life, but the actual photo could be better! You should never let the opinion of others affect your work unless those people actually know what they are talking about – if somebody else tells you there’s a better way to take a photograph, then try it out and see if they are right!
9. Get on Photography Forums
It sounds like I’m pushing forums here – and I am! But that’s because it’s one of the best ways to get noticed by companies and other amateur photographers. The more you get involved, the more you’ll develop your own style and find out what works for you as a photographer. The best way to start is to just dive in and make an account on a few different forums that suit your needs!
10. Share Your Work Online
Once you’ve taken some great photographs, why not share them with the world? That doesn’t mean jumping onto Facebook and posting them up – although there’s nothing wrong with that! Find photography-based communities online that focus around sites such as Flickr (although it could be argued Flickr is dying).
11. Set Yourself Challenges
It sounds almost stupid, but it’ll help you focus on your photography and not the results. Challenge yourself to take a photograph every hour – and try to do it in a place that you’ve never been before; surely this will increase your chances of taking great photographs? If you’re okay with missing shots in order to keep up, then great!
12. Don’t Let Doubts Stop You
There are always going to be people who disagree with your photography. And perhaps there are even people who’d say they hate them! Don’t let these people stop you, though – remember that most of these people are only trying to help in their own way. Just keep on taking photographs and don’t listen to what other people have to say about it!
13. Use Free Software and Tools
Some photographers don’t believe in free software for the simple reason that it can put a hole in their profit. But that’s just an argument from those who miss out on all of the free tools, then complain about how much they cost.