Today I’m sharing some of my favorite tips for new photographers – these are a couple of things I wish I knew upfront before embarking on my photography journey. Hopefully this will save you some time and a little bit of money!

1. Equipment
You don’t need much to get started. Educate yourself first before gearing up. For beginners, don’t go on a frenzy buying the latest cutting-edge technology cameras without first practicing with the legends. Remember, it is possible to get perfect shots with a basic camera. Practice makes perfect. Better your art with the simple camera lens and a basic body. My absolute favorite lens still to this day is my 50mm lens. If you only get one lens – this is it!

2. Don’t give into fear
We’ve all got to start from somewhere. The difference in those who make it and those who don’t is the ones who give up! Don’t lose hope if the first few shots you take are not going according to plan. Get out and practice every spare minute you have. You will get there!

3. Try lots of different types of photography before settling on one
There are so many photography styles you can embrace. Before specializing in a particular style, try as many as you can to know what works best for you. By doing so, you are honing in on what you love to do like – street photography, macro, nature, landscapes, animals, people/portraits, and so much more.

4. Join a local meetup and get out shooting with other local photography people
At a local meetup whether online or physically, you get to meet fellow creative minds and brainstorm on perfect camera shots. These meetups are hubs and safe zones for photography lovers; you not only get positive critics but other perspectives on how your photo could have been taken. I am a testament of the benefits you stand to gain from your local meetup teams.  My favorite source for finding local meetups is Meetup.com. Your city may not have as many options as mine – but definitely check it out and see what you can find.

5. Get out the book and learn your camera
The user manual for your camera is not meant to lie on your desk. Take it out and have a read to find out more about what your camera can do, so when you are out shooting you know where to find the different settings.

6. Light/time of day – paramount
With time I have come to learn that composition and lighting are the foundations of good photography. Please take into accord the light intensity before making that click sound from your camera. No matter the time of the day, ensure the amount of light is not to dim or bright to get clear perfect shots. Everything else is meant to garnish the photo.

 

7. Photography workshops are a fun way to learn
Photography workshops give you the chance to work with veterans and get professional assistance on camera shots. You are exposed to many photography techniques. If you don’t have any local choices – then definitley check out on-line options. One of my favorite sources is Creativelive.com – they have free workshops while they are live.

8. Do a photography project. 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months, and much more
The main aim of a photography project is to give you a goal in your photography experience. A project will enable you not to take different kinds of photos aimlessly but narrow down to a few target reach and theme. My 365 project was the largest turning point in my personal photography journey.

~Happy Shooting!

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