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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 internet.

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 settings

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, whenever possible.

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.