Starting out on photography can be a little overwhelming and challenging. There is so much to learn regarding how to take great photographs, use the equipment and edit the images. Amidst all these things it is easy to get lost and to lose direction.
Here are some ideas to ease your learning process and make you a great photographer like you would wish to become.
1. Do not run for the crazy equipment right away
It is possible to take awesome pictures with an inexpensive camera. The most important part is learning the right skills and practicing them.
The more photos that you take over time, the more you will know the type of camera to get and when you should upgrade.
2. Buy a tripod
A tripod is relatively inexpensive tool that is worth buying, especially if you have shaky hands. A tripod allows the photographer to take stable images. For greater stability, consider using your camera’s timer function alongside a tripod.
3. Carry your camera at all times
Moments worth capturing are likely to pop up when you least expect it. Considering that your portfolio is relatively new without many images, carrying your camera around will ensure that you do not miss any of these moments. A tripod and a small camera bag will do just fine. Alternatively, you can use your phone as long as it has a great camera. On the way, you can take notes of the places you would like to revisit and take photos with your professional camera.
4. Try out various genres of photography
As part of the photography guide, you should avoid specializing at the beginning. Many photographers try to specialize at a specific genre when they are starting out, which does not end up well. It is not wrong to specialize, but you should not do so early in the career. Even if you are passionate at the particular genre, it is advisable to try out other types and see if you might enjoy them too.
Eventually, specializing pays off well, but make sure you are not missing out on opportunities in another genre. Once you have had a taste of the other kinds, you can focus on the one that resonates with your passion and strengths.
5. Create a list of the shots you wish to take
In case you are unable to carry your camera around at all times, keep a small notebook where you note all the scenes that you want to capture. The list will serve as your goal, and you can always revisit when you wish. Make sure you note the crucial details such as lighting and time. If carrying a notebook seems tiresome, consider using mobile phone to collect data.
6. Ask for independent criticism
You may have received a few compliments from your family and friends, but it should not end there. Remember that it is your weakness that can derail you and not your strengths.
Nobody likes hearing that they fell short especially if it affects their career. However much it may hurt, criticism will help you to grow and it will speed up your learning process. However, do not ask your friends to offer criticism because they might not be outright honest.
7. Understand the basic rules
Although information is out there, not all of it is accurate. If you can find professional training, go for it. If you can’t, start by learning the basic tips on composition. Open up to experienced photographers and find out their take on techniques. You should know the rules.
8. Never assume the small objects and details
You may not see anything much to photograph in your background or bedroom if you are not keen on the details. Try to always check out familiar surroundings and note them. You might notice a flickering candle that is a few moments from bringing fame your way.
9. Learn to post-process images
Post-processing is as important as taking the image in the first place. Learn the important image processing skills and use them exhaustively. Tools such as Photoshop can drive traffic to your website if you utilize them well.
Congratulations for choosing to go big photography. There is a lot of potential out here that you can make good use of. During the first few months, learn as much as you can. By the time you are investing in your first professional camera, you will have become an expert at the task.