I have always loved photography. I can’t say I’ve always been good at it or even if I am particularly good at it now, but I still love it all the same.
My earliest memory in my photography path was one Christmas when my Nan and Mum clubbed together to buy me a new camera. It was a Sony Cyber-shot bridge camera which replaced my slightly worn out cheap compact camera. I absolutely loved the Sony, so much so I didn’t put it down all Christmas, hesitantly putting it down to eat Christmas dinner.
A few days later, my older brother came down and gifted me amongst other things, a book that was filled with tips and hint’s on how to take the perfect shot for landscapes, people and so on. I loved that book and studied it hard from cover to cover for months, trying out my new-found tips and gazing on in awe at the outcome. Even to this day I still go back and refer to the book for guidance with certain shots.
I am by no means the perfect photographer but I would like to share some tips with you that helped build my confidence when I was starting.
1. Don’t go buying expensive equipment right away.
Believe it or not, it is actually very possible to take nice shots with an inexpensive point and shoot camera. When starting out you don’t need high-tech dlsr camera’s with more buttons than a remote control, it will only leave you feeling confused and not that into it. Start off simple and once you’ve taken enough photo’s you will know which camera is the right one for you.
2. Experiment with camera settings.
Chances are your camera may have hidden treasures within the settings. Often camera’s have more than one setting to help you make get the picture quality that you desire. Simply fiddle around with your settings or take a read through the manual and have a practice. You’ll be surprised.
3. Take advantage of free resources and enjoy the process.
There are loads of websites online to help you get the most out of your camera. Websites such as D. Scott Carruthers photography give out handy tips and advice no matter what you are using to take photos. Enjoy experimenting with your new-found wisdom.
4. Take regular photos.
Like any hobby, you are only ever going to see an improvement if you stick at it. Try and take at least one photo every day. Each photo you take is an improvement on the last. I am still learning and sometimes surprised by certain photos that I take.
5. Make lots of mistakes then learn from them.
Mistakes are great. I know they might not seem as such when you are taking them but honestly they are great! The more mistakes you make, the faster you will learn and you will see an improvement on your photography skills. Turning mistakes into lessons is a valuable skill. So think outside the box, try something you haven’t before, expect mistakes but remember that is helping you learn!
Look at everything with your photographer thinking cap on. You may just find a photo opportunity that you didn’t see before.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.