7 Useful Tips for New Photographers

By: Ana Margarita Olar| Fotograpiya.com

Photography has become a hobby that fascinates people of every age and every profession. Young and old alike seem to be amazed at how they can capture great photographs. So for new photographers out there, here are some quick tips:

THE EQUIPMENT

Being a new photographer, you can always start with a decent point and shoot cameras within your budget. Buying an expensive camera and later realizing that it’s very complicated to set up than it is to shoot can snap out that little flicker of passion within you.

ALWAYS BRING ALONG YOUR CAMERA

For a new photographer, you’ll never guess where a perfect moment will be. It is another reason why you’ll choose a point and shoot camera so that you can always carry it with you and be ready when an opportunity comes.

USE A TRIPOD

When you are trying to capture a landscape, you can maintain stability by using a tripod especially if you have a shaky hand. Otherwise, you can also opt to go without a tripod so that you can practice maintaining stability.

TRY DIFFERENT ANGLES

Capturing a perfect image is not all about the subject but the surrounding elements as well. Try shooting from different angles. Look for contrasts, consider that source of light, the background, and look for an angle in which your subject becomes more significant than the elements around.

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KEEP A JOURNAL

As a new photographer, it is easy to get lost and shoot around aimlessly with your camera. It is smarter to keep a journal of things that you have capture and things, objects, emotions, and ideas of what you want to shoot for the next time. In this way, you have a sense of achieving a goal which will make your photography experience more satisfying.

PLAY WITH YOUR CAMERA’S SETTINGS

Your point and shoot camera have more features than what you are thinking. Read the manual so that you can understand what each symbol means. Learn to play with the settings so you’ll have the idea which setting applies to different situations.

LOOK FOR FREE RESOURCES

Are you eager to learn more but you don’t have the budget to go on a formal training? Then teach yourself. As a new photographer, there are many free online tutorials and photography guide that you can try and follow; there are even forums from a professional photographer in which you can learn from their personal tips and tricks.

Finally, take a time to practice shooting every day. Play with different subjects. Shoot at different parts of the day. And most importantly, don’t stress yourself out. Enjoy the learning process.