5 Photography tips for beginners
If, like me, you
have recently bought yourself a fancy new camera after catching the photography
bug (going on holiday to a beautifully scenic location was the straw that broke
the camels back for me), then there are a few things you need to bear in mind
when embarking on your new amateur photographic career.
As you can
gather from the paragraph above, I am no expert on the subject of photography,
but I am a bit of an expert at being a novice, and the list below is intended
as an aid to ensure you donít make the same mistakes I did. They are also a compilation of some of the
best advice I have received, both from friends, books and trawling the
1. Get yourself the proper printed camera manual for your new
model of camera.
The truth is you will be out and about most of the time you are
using your camera and although reading the camera manual off a computer screen is
all well and good, they tend to be very long nowadays, so even the best memory
will struggle to remember how to get to the right setting during those crucial
moments. Nothing can substitute camera manuals with real pages to
flick through during those moments of solitude in the wilderness.
2. Buy a Tripod
It doesnít have to be an expensive one, but you do not want that
picture of a lifetime being ruined by nervous, shaky hands. It will also allow you to use the timer to
make sure you are not left out of holiday snaps as well as being able to take
pictures at a distance, when getting snaps of nervous animals.
3. Experiment with the camera
Now that you have your printed
camera manual by your side, you can get yourself familiar with all the
settings and practice, practice, practice with the camera manual as a
guide. I am not suggesting you need to
be able to flick through the settings blindfolded, but having a familiarity
with the camera may make all the difference in those crucial moments when you
have seconds to spare.
4. Keep your camera with you,
Photo opportunities often come when you are least expecting it. Sure, if you are on a vacation then the
chances are you will have you camera by your side, but what about those other
times when you are just Ďout and aboutí. I donít think you need to go to the extreme of literally having the
camera around your neck in the freezer isle of your local supermarket, but
there is no excuse for not having it safely tucked away in the boot of your
car. And, if something interesting does
happen at least use the camera on your mobile to get a shot first
5. Take Photoís regularly and
experiment as much as you can.
Donít be content with what you think may be a million dollar shot,
try taking the same photo from different angles and using lots of the different
features on the camera. Also, donít just
take photographs of things that you assume are Ďepicí ones of seascapes and
scenery or animals. Lots of great photos
are of simple mundane things. In an age
where we no longer need to use camera film, use the cameraís memory card to
your advantage and snap away.
There are many
more tips I could offer here, but these I believe are the most basic ones and
will set you off on the right path to great enjoyment with your camera. If you wish to take your love of photography
even further then look at joining a forum online and simply asking questions,
or try reading some of the many online photography articles
that are available like this one, to further enhance your knowledge base.
Above all, enjoy
your new camera and the freedom of expression it can give you.