tips for new photographers

January 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I am part of many photography groups on facebook and give helpful hints here and there. I can be pretty crass at times and pretty helpful at others. After answering tons of the same questions over and over again, I decided that for my first blog post I would give some helpful hints to beginning photographers. So, hopefully you will enjoy and learn something from this....

 

Tips for Brand New Photographers

Congratulations, you have just taken the plunge into the worlds most expensive, never ending hobby. Photography, the manipulation of light, can be extremely frustrating yet rewarding at the same time. Here are a few pointers that I feel every new photographer should follow as they begin their journey.

1.   Learn your camera inside and out. This means read your manual, learn the buttons, what the buttons do how to change your settings etc.

2.   Learn lighting. Learn to master one, off camera flash before you add more light.

3.   GET IT RIGHT IN CAMERA. This means, learn to use your camera and take great photos BEFORE you even think about using an editing program. Photoshop was built to enhance and finish your photos. It wasn’t meant as a tool to correct your mistakes because you don’t know how to properly use a camera.

4.   Shoot in manual mode. If you are shooting in automatic, you are never going to get anywhere; any monkey can shoot in auto and get a decent photo every now and then.

5.   PRACTICE… practice, practice, practice…yes; we are talking about practice…so DO IT.

6.   Before you can make ‘art’ you must first understand the tools involved. Learn composition and the proper rules of photography before you create ‘art’. Yes, rules are made to be broken but if you can’t produce a decent photo by following the rules, you sure as hell won’t do it by breaking them.

7.   Stay as far away from ‘dutch tilt’ and ‘selective coloring’ as possible…sure your 7th grade daughter and her friends like it, but really….stay away from it…it is not ‘art’ nor is it proper photography

 

Once you follow these steps and really delve into what they say, you will see a tremendous change for the better in your photography. Following these guidelines will help you become closer to the photographer you dream of being…trust me on this…..

 

I could add more and more and more to this list. However, doing so would probably make you throw your camera in the garbage… for more tips, please visit my website www.tpaynephotography.com and follow my blog…

 

Tim


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