14 Feb 10 photography tips for beginner
Do Not Buy Luxury Material At The Outlet
What counts in the first place is to learn, if you are just starting you do not need a professional reflex and lenses that cost an arm and a leg. An entry-level camera with the inseparable 18-55mm (and a 35mm or 50mm focal length) is more than good to start with. What is going to make a real difference is the quality of your images and your knowledge of how the camera works.
There is a multitude of forums and sites that give tips for beginners and can be a good source of inspiration. You can also find videos explaining the basics step by step to starting off on the right foot. Take your time and practice.
Exit AUTO Mode, Use Semi-AUTO
If you use AUTO mode, your SLR camera is worth no more than any compact camera. The quality and level of your images will have nothing interesting. Opt instead for a semi-AUTO mode like aperture priority for example.
Shoot, Shoot, Shoot!
In our daily lives with busy schedules, it can be difficult to find time exclusively to take photos. The solution: take your camera with you everywhere! To progress, you absolutely must practice. No one becomes a professional athlete overnight, it takes practice and training. In the same way, to be a professional photographer you must practice and train both your technical knowledge and your artistic point of view to find what you can really contribute to art. You will surprise yourself!
Launch A Project Or Challenge Type “52”
The 52 challenges consist of committing to take at least one photography or session per week for a year (52 weeks). For the most intense, it can even be a “365 challenge” that is, one image per day. To help you keep up, you can create a Facebook page to share your content and start building an audience. Don’t be afraid of feedback!
Know The Basics Of Composition
The rule of thirds, lines of force, points of force, reading directions of an image, etc.
If these notions seem complicated to you, do not panic, a little application and practice will help you master these theories. If you want to go further, we recommend reading “The photographer’s eye, composition, and design to capture better digital photographs” by Michael Freeman.
Try to innovate, do not be satisfied with copying what you see on social networks. Go beyond your own limits, do not always use the same parameters or the same shooting angle. Shoot wide open, low angle, low angle shot, try long exposure, with and without flash. In short, learn the basic rules to be able to appropriate them and create your own aesthetic.
Today with the democratization of smartphones and digital cameras, we can all take photos. However, not all of us are true photographers. Get inspired by the best, the classics, the masters who revolutionized photography even before it was considered an art.
Open Your Doors
Do not hesitate to share your images, if necessary you can ask more experienced photographers for advice. As a beginner, it is necessary to learn to take a step back and be able to receive criticism and observations with an objective view in order to move forward.
Be Patient With Yourself
Patience is an art, we almost always want to progress quickly and jump into the water at once. But you should know from now that improving takes time, it is a long job in which the learning curve is not always linear. Remember that photography is an art and as such, it feeds on your inspiration and moods. The only way to speed up the evolution process is to shoot EVERY DAY.
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