Photography is a great hobby to get into, even for total beginners who have no idea what they are doing. Although you feel like there’s a lot out there to learn and you possibly couldn’t begin taking professional pictures any time soon, it’s a possibility. You really can take amazing photos with just a few tips. Here are 8 things you should know:
1. Your Camera Isn’t That Important to Begin With
Try not to stress about the kind of camera that you buy. The camera you get to begin with really isn’t an issue. Anybody can take a good picture with any camera, it just takes a little patience and know how. Of course if you do have a budget in mind and the kind of features you want to a little research to choose a good one. Just don’t obsess over it too much, you’ll have plenty of cameras in your life time.
2. Hold On for Good Lighting
Good lighting is the key to taking a good picture, anybody at the VOW would tell you the same. Sometimes you can artificially manufacture this, like when you use Photoshop or even an app on your mobile phone. Basically, just try not to take pictures in rubbish lighting in the dark. Pictures will ideally be in natural daylight.
3. Trial and Error
You’ll need to test out different techniques and methods before you can get it exactly right. Don’t panic. Be open to making the mistakes and learn from them. You’ll get better.
4. Make Your Subject the Focal Point
There shouldn’t be any distractions in the background that take away from your focal point. Make sure you pay special attention to the focal point and that nothing in the shot overshadows them.
5. You Don’t Need the Beep
Cameras make a pretty loud, annoying beep every time they focus on something. Hearing it is just annoying for everybody. Do everybody involved a favour and switch it off so they don’t have to hear it!
6. Tripods are Good for Shaky Hands
7. Take Your Camera With You
Don’t go anywhere without your camera. You never know when you might get a good shot! You could even make a list of things you’d like to photograph or try that day to keep on track when developing your skills.
8. Think Simple
You don’t need to photograph anything particularly fancy or attractive. You could literally try to find beauty in anything and take it from there. You might be surprised at some of the amazing shots you can take of pretty much nothing.
Hopefully, this post has inspired you to go out and take some great pictures. You don’t need to be a professional or have taken professional classes to get it right. Anybody can do it with practice!