Pick Your Camera
You don’t have to spend the earth on a camera when you are learning about photography. There are some really good DSLR cameras on the market have a look on the internet and places like high street stores, which stock Nikon and Cannon cameras and of course plenty of other camera makes. Try your local camera shop for good deals and second hand or re-conditioned bargains. Once you have mastered the basics and you want to take your photography to another level, you can think about investing in a more expensive camera.
Learn the Basics
Study your camera and learn how to use it properly. It should come with an instruction book and there are also a number of photography magazines and websites which can help. Your camera will have a range of features such as shooting modes, depth of field and exposure compensation. Learning how to use these features properly will improve your photography. The display on the electronic menu is easy to read and will help you to take quality photographs.
Find a Free Online Course or Get a Book
As well as using the instruction manual, there are also free online courses to pick up the basics. They will teach you how to get the best out of your camera and how to frame shots and use lighting. There are some certificated free courses which you can do from home, or you can use an online course which you can find on the internet. If you prefer books, your local library will be able to help you.
Take Plenty of Photo’s
The joy of digital photography is that you can practice without it costing you a fortune in film. The more photographs you take, the better you will become. You can try landscape, portrait and action shots. Use your automatic and manual settings and learn from your mistakes. Don’t give up if your photos aren’t how you want them to be. It takes practice and plenty of patience.
Experiment with Manual Settings
If your camera has manual settings then try and learn how to use them. They are useful for creating photographs that need extra speed or soft focus. The manual settings allow you to control the shutter speed and the aperture. It might be a bit overwhelming at first, but if you do find an online course or a book to help you, you will soon get to grips with the manual settings. Practice when the photographs you are taking aren’t important, otherwise you might be disappointed if the photo doesn’t come out as it should.
Buy a Tripod
If you are taking more landscape pictures than any other type of photography, you will want to invest in a tripod. Again, you don’t have to pay a small fortune but do make sure the tripod you pick is lightweight but sturdy. Really cheap tripods tend to be flimsy and won’t hold your camera properly. Look at the purchase as an investment and buy the best you can. Tripods are useful because you won’t get blurry shots caused by your hand shaking. They are especially good for taking photographs of sporting events or close up shots that you might not get by holding the camera in your hands.
Learn about Light
Experiment at different light levels and learn when it is best to take outdoor photographs. Go out in all weathers because you can some dramatic shots in low light, stormy conditions. Learn where to position your camera to make the best use of light. Work out the direction that the light is coming from because this will affect the way your photographs are lit.
Get Another Lens
Once you have mastered the basics, you might want to try photography with another lens. If you have decided you like close up photography, try a macro lens, or a wide angle. Landscape photographs can be improved with a telephoto lens using a tripod.
Have a look at photography websites and study other people’s photographs. Remember to make a note of the settings you have used with your own photographs. That way when you produce a photograph you like, you will know to experiment with that setting again.
Photography will take time to learn, so don’t be in too much of a hurry and be patient, read and take lots of photographs while you’re learning and enjoy the experience.