Looking, viewing and learning

This was taken during the summer months of 2012
This was taken during the summer months of 2012

Often people will ask how I take photos and how I’ve learnt to take them. To be honest I’m not sure, over time my photography become better and I’ve learnt a lot by simple looking and viewing other peoples work. Studying their work wondering how they have taken their photos, by looking and studying other people work you become a better photographer yourself. I’ve also read a lot about how to take photos, but often this as confused me, I’m better at hands on rather the reading. I love nothing more than when I’m out with my camera taking photos of almost anything that comes my way.

All gone for another year
All gone for another year

Getting to know your camera and what it can do, learn what button does what. I don’t use all the buttons on my camera, I do play around with the setting, see if that does anything different, seeing if I get a different effect. One way of getting to know your camera is to take photo after photo until you are bored and can’t take any more.

Tiny wonders
Tiny wonders

I don’t use any fancy equipment, just me and my camera, I don’t have flash gun’s or lighting, just plenty of photos and if I don’t get the shot I’m hoping for maybe the light is wrong or the weather isn’t right. I think I could take a better shot another day then I will go back and try again and again until I’ve taken the shot I’m looking for. I often know what I’m looking for, maybe like some people say I have an eye for photography. But I feel it’s just down to taking the number of photos I take and some degree of luck, being in the right place at the right time.

Sometimes I don’t think it’s the camera you are using it more knowing how to use the camera. Okay there is vast difference with having a point and shot to having a DSLR. What I do when taking a photo of a flower is I don’t just take one. I take a good number of shots, working my way around the flower, using different angle to gain different shots. It’s only when I get home and looking through the photos I’ve taken I choose if or not to post online.

Tree on the hillside
Tree on the hillside

Until recently I never really edited my work, I didn’t know how to. Again with trial and error I now have learnt to edit my work, giving them that something they need. I don’t think you can go wrong with hands on experience. You can read as much as you like but if you don’t pick up your camera and use it you won’t learn. Taking, reviewing your work, viewing other people work, trying to work out how they’ve take their work. Have a passion for taking photos does help a wanting to take better and be better at taking photos.

With digital cameras these days it has become much easier to take better photos then with a film camera. With a digital camera you can take and take, were as with a film you are limited to the number of photos you can take not to mention the cost too. I know that some people still use a film camera, it would cost me too much to do so.

Autumn colours
Autumn colours

So just to recap looking learn and view other peoples work, get to know you camera and what it can do. Go out with a full battery and an empty memory and take until you can’t take any more photos. Don’t just take one photo, take multiple shots, working if you can around what you are taking, using different angles. Trial and error, learn, if at first you don’t get the shot you are looking for, take and take again. You can also find me on RedGage.com under Kevin1877uk and not Arren123

Thank you for viewing my work, take care and have fun

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful photos - excellent advice to get to know your camera, enjoyed this very much thank you and voted up.


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forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

Awesome pictures. The one thing I got out of your hub is to take lots of pictures and at different angles. That I don't do. By taking tons of shots, you get to choose the best one afterwards. That's how the pros do it. Thanks for the great photography pointers.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

You have some beautiful photos here. Thank you for sharing.

Voted up and beautiful!


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Arren123 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Movie Master, glad you enjoyed :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas

Nice information Kev! You are definitely an excellent photographer. I have so many of your photos added to my favorites on Redgage. Keep up the great work my friend. Voted useful, and shared on Hubpages, Twitter, and Facebook.


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Lizam1 3 years ago from Victoria BC

Arren you take beautiful photographs - your writing here will help people have confidence that no fancy equipment is required - and I have to say you are being modest because you do photograph with a unique skill for seeing the shot. Yesterday my daughter and I saw a photograph of wales selling for $700 in a coffee shop. A friend has a similar and much better picture and yet I can't get her to see how good she is. I hope you sell your work (if you want to) you are very "buyable" .

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