Like many new photographers before me, I started in fully auto mode. Looking for basic compositions and lining things up through the view finder was all my little brain could handle at first using the Nikon D3200 which was my first DSLR. Even in auto mode, I felt out of my depth, I joke not.
Tip Number 1 – Start in fully auto mode
From day one of owning a DSLR camera, I was inquisitive, how did other photographers blur the background, make the water look smooth or steamy and line things up in-frame so they looked good and no awkward and unnatural like many of my compositions? If something interests me, I will learn it. I am far from bright or brainy, I was below average at school (when I turned up). Photography interested me very much but there seemed to be so much to learn, where do I start? I soon found a far better teacher than any photography school, that teacher was YouTube.
Tip Number 2 – Youtube is arguably the best way to learn every aspect of photography
One of the first and best teachers of photography I found on YouTube was Mr Mike Browne. Mike’s YouTube channel is a priceless but free pool of photography information, mostly aimed at those new to the hobby. The real photography “ah-ha” moment for me was Mike explaining the ‘rule of thirds’ and ‘leading lines’. I have posted some videos on both subjects below, these are the most useful composition tips a new photograph can learn, use these two tips and your photography will improve 50% over night, and more with practice.
Tip Number 3 – Subscribe to Mike Browne’s YouTube channel – here – and search YouTube for any aspect of photography you wish to learn
Rule of Thirds
At the end of the day you can watch as many tutorials as you like, none will learn you photography faster than simply making the effort to get out of the house as often as possible with the camera, take loads and loads of shots, and learn from loads and loads of mistakes. We all still make mistakes on a regular basis, regardless of skill level, anyone who tells you they are past making mistakes is taking bull (shall I say).
Tip Number 4: Get out, take many shots, make mistakes and learn from them
I will keep this post to 5 tips but I will add more soon.
Regardless of budget, be happy with and take great pictures with what you have. The camera does not take the picture, you do. Remember that! It is so easy to get caught in a trap of always wanting, being sold, or thinking you need better, bigger and more expensive photography kit. Are you listening? You don’t need it!! There may be a time when your needs and skills outgrow a camera, but that is way down the line. A good photographer can make great images with almost any camera. It’s never the camera that makes the difference, always the 10 inches behind it (YOU!). I’m aiming this at gear haws as we call them. Gear haws love talking and showing you their latest and most expensive kit but do not have skills in composition and correct exposure to warrant the expense spent on the kit they have.
Tip Number 5: Shoot with the camera you have, see it as a challenge to try and better photographers with more expensive kit but less skill using it than yourself
I very much hope these first 5 tips help some of you; I will post another 5 soon.
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