The second part of our Top 10 Tips for beginners. Click here for Part 1
Continuing with number 6…
6. Enjoy the learning process
The best part of having a hobby like photography is never running out of things to learn. Inspiration and opportunities are all around you. Look at everything through the eyes of a photographer and you’ll see photo opportunities you never noticed before.
7. Take advantage of free post-processing
Post-processing can involve simple tweaks such as removing red-eye, changing a photo to black and white, or removing an unsightly feature in the shot. If you’re interested in learning about post-processing, give free software like Paint.net a try (not to be confused with Microsoft Paint!). Coupled with an extensive user forum, Paint.net offers the versatility of Adobe Photoshop, but without the cost and complexity. It’s what I use!
8. Experiment with your camera’s settings
Your point and shoot camera may be more flexible and powerful than you know. Read the manual for help deciphering all those little symbols. As you explore, try shooting your subjects with multiple settings to learn what effects you like. When you’re looking at your photos on a computer, you can check the EXIF data (usually in the file’s properties) to recall the settings you used.
9. Learn the basic rules
The amount of information about photography online can be overwhelming. Start with a few articles on composition – or if you have a DSLR camera, learn about aperture and shutter speed – then use these settings on your DSLR. There’s nothing more frustrating for a photographer who knows his or her camera than to see a beginner with an expensive DSLR set to Program or Auto mode!
10. Take photos regularly
Try to photograph something every day. If you can’t do that, make sure you take time to practice regularly, so you don’t forget what you’ve learned. An excellent way to motivate yourself is by signing up to a photography forum like Digital Photo School and participate in their photo assignments. Remember, taking photos is free – if the picture doesn’t come out as well as you’d hoped, just delete it and shoot again.
What tips have helped you develop your photography skills? Did you receive any bad advice? What was the most important piece of advice you would give someone starting out in photography?
Comment below and let others learn from your experiences.
Author – Oliver Pohlmann