There is something about photography that seems somewhat addictive: you simply can’t get enough after understanding how to capture beautiful images. There are many things to understand about photography, and it might seem overwhelming enough to try and look for shortcuts, but the beauty is that it takes time to master something new.
You can become the kind of photographer you want to be through hardwork and permission to grow at your own rate.
Here are 7 sure-fire tips you must know as a beginner to master the art of photography.
Take it one step at a time
To do photography right, you must understand that there is a lot to learn, but you must be calm and not try to take on too much at the same time. It might look overwhelming when you need to understand f-stops, ISOs, exposure, focus modes, white balance, light, composition, focal length, how different lenses affect your images, and posing people for pictures.
Break what you need to learn down, and concentrate on it. Once you have mastered it, move on to the next thing and like that, you’d be an expert.
Don’t be afraid of high ISOs
Most new photographers are afraid of pushing their ISO because they believe high ISOs increase image noise. While this is true, it is better to have high noise in an image rather than have that is out of focus from too slow shutter speed.
You can capture beautiful pictures without the most expensive gadgets
While great equipment helps a lot, it is not the key to capturing beautiful images. It’s expertise that really matters. While starting out, it is tempting to believe that buying a better camera or lens is sure to make your work automatically but this is not true.
What makes your work stand out is hardwork, study, practice and consistency.
Understand how light works
You must really take time to understand how to read the light. Light is a very important aspect of photography, and can be the difference between an ordinary picture and a great one. You must be very observant and intentional in understanding how light affects images by becoming aware of the light around you as you do anything.
Continue your quest for knowledge by reading books, taking online courses or simply noticing subtle things such as how people are lit in paintings and TV, and how the light falls on people and things.
Post-processing cannot be fast-tracked
It is very important to understand the picture post-processing system by yourself because truth be told, only the photographer understands what they have in mind and they should edit their photos. Presets work in this regard, but it is also important to also know how editing software and programs work.
You must understand white balance and skin tones. It is also good to have a calibrated monitor, as it would help you develop your eye. Study your images and others around you, and print images too, as with that, you notice things you ordinarily won’t spot on screen
You can break the rules, only when you have mastered them
The best way to break conventional practice is only when you have mastered them, and this is true with photography as well. You can dare to do things out of the norm, and achieve great results with it, but this is only applicable when you are truly experienced.
While starting out, it is better to stay within the rules of what is applicable. As you improve, you start to question the rules, and try to find ways to work around them. This curiosity is what leads to discovery.
Remember that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication
It’s possible to want to take images in ideal conditions, but this is a trap that most newbie photographers fall into. Take pictures, even in less than ideal conditions, as you must have the belief that you will still capture beautiful images and documenting important people and milestones along the way.