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A Simple Guide for Starting Out In Photography
With so much reasonably priced equipment out there, it's no wonder that photography has become one of the most popular hobbies in the world. However the bevvy of choices and various photography techniques can sometimes be daunting. Where does one start? Here are some tips if you are starting out in photography:
1. Worry About Technique, Not About The Equipment
Many people starting out think they need the 'perfect' camera or lens to learn to take better photos. That's like saying that a person will ace their final exams if they had the 'perfect' pencil! When starting out, concentrate on what makes a good photo. In other words, how will you use the equipment to your advantage rather than thinking of how the equipment will help you.
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2. Don't Go Overboard With Buying Equipment
If you are just starting out, don't get too crazy thinking you'll need the latest or the highest model of something. Chances are you might not use all the features of that snazzy, full frame DSLR. Believe it or not you can produce some really stellar photos with a regular point and shoot camera. As you progress into your hobby you will more then likely think more about what you want to use in terms of equipment and upgrade if your current equipment has limitations in what you want to achieve in your photos.
Also, if you decide later on that photography isn't the hobby for you, you don't want to be stuck with a wackload of expensive equipment that you can't sell. That's hard earned money wasted sadly.
3. Be Best Friends With Your Camera
Learn all the features that your camera has to offer. Experiment with them. That's what the manual's for! Even point and shoot cameras may have some fancy features that you may not realize that you had. The more you know your camera, the more you can take advantage of those features to your photographic advantage.
4. Bring Your Camera Everywhere With You
As you get more into your hobby, you might find scenes and you'd think "darn, I wish I brought my camera with me!" You never know when inspiration strikes you or when a good photo opportunity will happen. The more you take your camera around, the more chances you'll take photos. The more you shoot, the more you can refine your technique and on your way to taking better photos.
5. Make Some Photography Buddies
It is always useful to have some friends or people you know that have the same interest. This also goes with photography. Having photo buddies can increase your chances in going out and shooting photos. They can also teach you some new techniques, help critique your photos so you can improve, and even show you new places to photograph. If they're extra nice, they may even let you borrow their equipment if you're not sure whether or not to spend money on new equipment.
6. Learn The Basics
There are loads of websites out there and it can get overwhelming. I'd recommend starting out reading some basic articles on composition and its basic rules. It might also be helpful to learn about some photography related vocabulary.
This youtube channel might be a good place to start.
Don't be afraid to:
- Shoot the same subject at different angles
- Edit photos to make them black and white, various colors, etc.
- Shoot different types of subjects
- Shoot different styles
You'll start to see the more you shoot photos your preferences and learn more along the way. You won't find out what you like if you don't even go out there and try, right?