How to Get Started in Photography
Photography is a rewarding and satisfying hobby for millions of enthusiast worldwide. Not too long ago, enthusiastic amateur photographers used to be called shutterbugs (a slang for avid photographers derived from the “shutter” mechanism in a camera). There are some things you should consider when getting started in photography.
As with other art forms like painting or sculpting, photography can change your view of the world and make you look at things differently. When you start to get serious about taking photos, you may notice a unique transformation in your perception of the world around you. Over time you will find yourself constantly searching for scenes and subjects that interest you. You’ll find yourself evaluating (or re-evaluate) nearly everything you see as a potential image. Learning to visually seek out potential images is definitely an artistic and creative right-brain activity.
1. Photography Requires an Investment in Time
Becoming a good photographer requires an investment in time so you can learn the craft and practice what you have learned. It’s not a hobby you can step into and start taking stunning photos in a matter of days. Visiting PhotographyCourse.net is a step in the right direction. You may have arrived on this page because you wanted to improve your photography. Or, you may be contemplating a career in professional photography. Or, you maybe your friends told you you’re a great photographer and you should go pro. Whatever your motive, you’re here because you want to be a better photographer.
2. Learn to See Things Differently
Most beginning photographers focus their attention on on gear and the technical aspects of taking a properly exposed photo. Learning the technical aspects of photography is crucial, but you must also learn to compose a photo. Photography is a form of artistic and creative expression and is the first major art form of the 21st century. A good photograph can have high artistic value through the use of composition, exposure, lens selection, and lighting. A good photo is not only properly exposed, it can evoke an emotional response from the viewer. A great photo can easily sell for thousands of dollars. Rock music superstar Elton John is an avid collector of modernism photography and part of his collection is currently on display at the Tate Modern Gallery in London.
Developing an eye for photography takes time to develop and it starts with an understanding of what makes a good or great photograph. So a good starting point is to find inspiration through galleries or online galleries, photography books, and magazines. Before you pick up your camera and start taking photos, think about the image you want to create. Photography is a process of capturing a moment in time from your unique perspective.
3. It’s not the Camera, it’s the PHOTOGRAPHER!!
A camera is simply a tool used to capture images. As you shop around you’ll find that most DSLR cameras offer the same base features. If your goal is to progress from a serious amateur to professional photography, then you need the right tools to produce images that meet your clients expectations. However, for most people getting started in photography, an entry-level digital camera is more than sufficient. Instead of blowing your entire budget on a super expensive camera, be sure you can afford a nice flash, tripod, UV filters, and maybe a zoom lens.
4. You Must Learn How Your Camera Operates (inside and out)
When you finally decide on a camera, be sure to learn everything you can about it’s operation. Be sure you know how to set the ISO, shutter priority, aperture priority, and how to put the camera in manual. Start by reading the manual furnished with your camera for starters. Camera user manuals generally have a bad reputation. A camera manual is not a novel and is not intended to to read cover to cover. Instead, make a list of what you want to learn about your camera first. Next read sections that interest you like Custom Settings. When you’ve had enough of the manual, think about picking up a supplementary book from Amazon. Search for product review videos created by online camera stores and independent photographers. Read the comments under camera product reviews on sites like DPREVIEW (Digital Photography Review).
5. Take Photographs on a Regular Basis
Bake in the days of film, photographers had to plan to keep an eye on their budgets because film processing costs used to add up quickly. In age of digital cameras, you can take as many pictures as you want for free! One approach is to practice one skill or feature at a time. If you’re shooting on full automatic, spend a day shooting exclusively using aperture priority. Then move on to shutter priority. Becoming a good photographer takes practice.