More and more people are now taking to photography. For beginners, it can get overwhelming because there is a lot to learn. Keep in mind that not every technique or trick has been discovered. Therefore, as you struggle to learn the basics, others are miles ahead learning newer things. Do not get discouraged. After all, Rome was not built in a day. Start with the basics and grow with every new lesson. Look for tips and guidelines to help you learn and grow.
Some of the tips for photography beginners include:
It’s Not about Equipment
This cannot be overemphasized. You need to learn that photography is not about the equipment that you have. Some people use their equipment as an excuse. They cannot take great photos because their cameras do not have one thing or another. The fact remains that you can still take nice photos even with the most limited camera as long as you know how to use various things, such as light, to your advantage.
With that in mind, one thing you might need to buy in the beginning is a tripod. This will help especially if you have shaky hands. It helps to capture the photo without blurring and also gives you the option to use the timer function on your camera.
Always Carry Your Camera
The second tip which might seem obvious but actually isn’t: always have your camera. You do not need to have special circumstances or a shoot lined up in order to have your camera with you. Everyday life provides you with numerous opportunities to capture objects, people and events. You might get the perfect shot on a day that you had not anticipated to. However, you miss all these opportunities if you do not have your camera with you at all times.
Have a List of Shots
Most people have a ‘to do’ list for their daily activities. Some have the things that they would like to achieve in a certain time period. Just like this, every photographer ought to have a list of the shots that they would like to take. In this list, you should also have a special list of the shots that you want to perfect. With this kind of organization, you can keep track of what you have mastered and what is still pending. People naturally assume that you can grow with haphazard learning and no way to keep track of your photography hobby or career. This is a wrong assumption that will hold you back.
Lastly, always practice. Reading about various techniques and how to use equipment is not enough. You need to go a step further and include it in your routine. Implementing it once is not enough. You need to do it over and over again until it becomes second nature to you. This way, you will not struggle with all the things you have learnt for a long time because the practice helps the lessons stick. Very soon, you will be using these techniques without having to refer to your learning material.