10 Awesome Tips For Beginner Photographers
Everyone loves photography but most of the people are afraid to try it as they think it is really tough and technical — which is obvious not true. Anyone can become a photographer with a little practice and some tips. (Update: I have written another article on financial tips for photographers)
So here are some tips that will help you out a lot if you are a beginner photographer.
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1. Don’t try to buy the most expensive equipment directly
It is a big misconception that you need an expensive equipment to capture awesome photos. It is true only for the professional photographers. As a beginner you can take really good photos even with an an inexpensive camera. If you don’t believe me then you should definitely check out these examples on Flickr. And the best thing about this is that after some time you will be experienced enough to know what type of camera you want to get.
2. Get a tripod
If you have shaky hands, then you should definitely get an inexpensive tripod. It will give you stability. If you want even more stability then try using your camera’s timer function with a tripod. The results will be amazing!
3. Always carry your camera everywhere
Well you never know when you will find a thing or scene you want to capture! So always carry your camera with you, no matter where you are going. You don’t have to carry a lot of things, only a camera and a tripod in a small bag are enough. This way you will be able to take advantage of all those unexpected opportunities.
4. Make a list of things or places that you would like to capture
What do you do when you can’t carry your camera or have forgotten it at home? Jot down those things and places in a notebook. Simple. Writing them down on a notebook with all the details will help you remember the places and timing. If you don’t want to carry a notebook, then you can always email yourself through your cell phone with Jott.com.
5. Don’t neglect everyday subjects for photography
You don’t have to go anywhere to take awesome photos. All you have to do is to look at your familiar surroundings like your backyard, living room or street with fresh eyes. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some interesting trick of the light or find something unexpected, for instance, a beautiful flower in your backyard.
6. Enjoy the learning process
With photography you always have to learn new things. Everything around you can be a source of inspiration — all you have to do is to look at everything with the eyes of a photographer and you will see beauty in things you never even noticed before.
7. Learn from free resources
You can learn anything you want using internet. So you should definitey take advantage of this fact and learn about photography a much as you can. Browse through webistes like Flickr or Digital Photography School Forum for inspiration and tips. You can also find good books on photography in your local library. If you wish to learn about post-processing, then get free software like the GIMP.
8. Experiment with the settings of the camera
Read the manual to get to know what the little symbols on your camera mean and then experiment with them. You should try shooting with different effects. This way you will also learn about different effects. And when viewing those photos on your PV, you can always check the EXIF data in files properties to know what settings you used.
9. Try to learn the basic rules
Always learn the basic rules of photography. You can find many articles about that on the web. Start with a some articles on composition. Learn from experienced photographers about their technique. You are required to know the rules before you can break them.
10. Take photos regularly
Photograph every day! You should make sure to practice regularly, so that you can practice what you learnt and don’t forget it. An great way to stay motivated is doing the weekly assignments in the DPS Forum.