Tips For Beginner Photographers

February 11, 2016Diana Lengerson

Photography is a great skill once you get the hang of it. There are so many beautiful things out there and taking great pictures of them can be a lot of fun, and leave you with something to remember them by. But in order to get those great pictures, you have to learn a little bit about the basics of photography. So whether you are just looking to start a new hobby, or become a famous portrait photographer, here are some simple tips that can benefit all beginner photographers.

 Know Your Camera

First, if you are looking to start taking pictures, then chances are you probably already have a decent camera. If you don’t, take some time to explore what kinds of cameras are out there, then purchase one that will be suitable for you. I recommend getting something a little on the cheaper side to start off, then you can upgrade when you know more about photography.

Once you have your camera, you will want to learn as much about it as you can. Learn what all of the different settings do, and how they impact your pictures. Learn how to change the quality of the photos, how to set a timer, how to use the flash, how to take multiple shots at once, and anything else that you can. You want to know your camera front and back so that when it comes time to try different things, you will know where those settings are located.

Get The Right Accessories

While you mostly just need a camera to start taking pictures, having some decent accessories to go along with it can be a good idea. A few things you will want to look into getting are a flare lens (to keep sun/light glare from your photos), a tripod (to prevent shaking), and a camera bag to carry everything inside. You may also want to consider getting a spare SD card to hold more photos, and a remote shutter button if your camera allows for it.

Learn The Rule of Thirds

Most people when they start taking photos simply point and shoot at the object they want to capture. However, by learning the Rule of Thirds, you can start adding some style to your pictures and make them look even better. This rule essentially says that rather than placing the subject of your photo in the direct center, place it in one third of the photo. Imagine dividing your viewfinder into thirds – either horizontally or vertically – then align your subject with one of those lines.

For example, lets say you are shooting the sunset over the ocean. Instead of having the horizon line at the dead center of your photo, shift it down to where the bottom one-third line is, or shift it up to the top one. This will allow you to either have more sky in your photo (if you shifted up), or more ocean (if you shifted down), and will give your photo a different look than simply having it in the middle.

Explore Advanced Settings

Once you get the hang of your camera, you can then start exploring into the advanced settings. In here you will find ways to change things such as the ISO, the aperture, the shutter speed and the exposure. Adjusting these can alter your photos dramatically, and can help you to get the photo you are looking for. Learn what these different things are, then experiment on how they impact your pictures.

Keep Experimenting

The best way to learn photography is just to get out there and take as many photos as you can. Go at different times of day, in different weather, in different locations. Try out different settings and see what they do to your pictures. Capture different things and see which you like best. There are no exact rules in photography, and you can do whatever you like. Reading online guides can give you a good head start, but you will learn much more from actually getting out there and doing it.

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