There’s no question that photography is a very popular hobby, and a form of artistic expression that is going to receive a lot of attention. The switch to digital photography hasn’t changed this trend at all. If anything, the love of photography has grown now that it is easier than ever to have an amazing digital camera that can catch some truly great pictures.
In many ways photography is as accessible for beginners and novices as it has even been. There are less barriers for learning how to be a great photographer and for having the equipment available to pull it off. All beginners can still benefit by following a few simple rules.
#1: Enjoy The Process
This should be an obvious one, and it should be one of the easiest for most people to follow. The interest in photography is because people want to learn how to consistently recognize that perfect shot and put themselves in a position to take it.
However while tackling challenging topics like finding the perfect angle, working with light, managing the perfect close and far focus, and other important lessons, it can become frustrating when you struggle.
Just take a calm breath and realize that like anything, a lot of practice will help make perfect. Enjoy the process of getting better and better. Remember how far you have already come and are going, and that will help keep you in the right mindset through the difficult beginner’s lessons in the photography field.
#2: Know What You Want To Focus On
There are general techniques and strategies that are going to help every photographer get better, but it’s never a bad idea to know what field or area you want to focus in on (if you have one) and to practice in that field while you’re learning.
If you want to be a wildlife photographer, for example, then spend a lot of time hiking and in places where you can be around nature. Try to find a place in the natural environment where you can use what you’ve learned.
Keep your early photos, as well. As you get better and better you’ll be able to look back at them and see the clear signs of improvement that are so hard to notice while you’re actually going through the process.
#3: Pay Attention To Details
Little details matter, and they especially add up when it comes to photography! Whether it’s a sliver of light getting through, the way the blowing wind makes things look from a certain angle, or just a slight perspective change from height or distance, all of these things can seem almost insignificant, but then they lead to entirely different photographs.
One of the best ways to make giant leaps in your talent level is to simply take care of the small details and build up from there.
#4: Focus On Systematic and Incremental Improvement
Maybe no bit of advice is as good for beginning photographers as to focus on incremental improvement. If you have a list of things to improve on from a teacher or other professionals, it can be overwhelming to read a list of 7, 8, 9 things or more to improve on.
That’s a lot to think about when lining up a shot. In fact, it’s too much to think about! Instead, if there’s one area you notice you’re struggling with, practice taking pictures while focusing on improving just that one area.
Once this becomes second nature, tackle the second one on the list, and so on and so forth. Over time you’ll realize all that lightning specific focus will have lead to massive overall improvement in your ability as a photographer. Better pictures are sure to continue to follow.
Photography is a fascinating field both creatively and professionally. It’s easy to see why so many beginners are drawn to it, and hopefully that’s a trend that will continue.
Remember to enjoy the process of learning, and start out with a simple but effective camera. You can always upgrade later when you understand the difference that distance, lenses, and other accessories truly make. In the beginning you will have enough to worry about without having to go through a store’s worth of equipment.
Enjoy the world of photography, and remember to keep a copy of those extra special photos for yourself!