Tips for getting started in photography
Every year, thousands of people start photography and yet 50% will continue after a few months of practice and only 20% will become professional or recognized.
1) DO NOT buy expensive camera equipment right away
The photo is a great passion but it is very expensive. What counts in the beginning is learning and no need for a pro SLR and goals that cost an arm. An entry-level device with a 18-55mm lens (+ if possible a fixed focal length 35mm or 50mm) is very good to start! It is by using it correctly that you will progress and turn to more and more advanced equipment over time.
There is no point in having the latest Canon or Nikon the most expensive you started.
As soon as you really feel that you are at the limits of your device change it but not before.
2) Learn the photo and learn from your device
There are lots of forums or sites that give a lot of advice and are a good source of inspiration.
3) Get out of AUTO mode quickly, use semi-AUTO then MANUAL mode
In AUTO mode, your SLR is almost equivalent to a compact.
4) Shoot, shoot and uh .. shoot !
You work, you have a busy life as they say and it is difficult for you to find time just to take photos: Take your camera everywhere. To progress, it is absolutely necessary to shoot. How do J.O without training ... Any opportunity is good: weekend outing, picnic with your children, midday lunch break, portraits at a party with friends.
Shoot first what you like (your child, your cat, sunset, ...) it will help you progress;)
5) Why not a project 52 by publicly committing
A project 52 .... It's a commitment to do at least one photo a week for one year (52 weeks) and publish it on your website or on Facebook or Instagram. It's even possible to challenge you 365, one photo per day.
6) Know the basics of composition
The rule of thirds, strengths, strengths, sense of reading an image, etc ... If these notions are blurry, do not panic, you type it on GOOGLE and you will quickly find plenty of things.
These are rules, obviously the rules are made to be sometimes bypass or forget but do not forget it will help you better free you from it;)
7) Analyze your photos
Look at your photos, analyze the details, see what's wrong, go back to the field to do better and analyze again and so on etc.
8) Look at a lot of pictures
Read magazines, look at photos, log in, go to Google, visit photographers' websites, blogs, Facebook Instagram pages etc!
To progress no secrets it is necessary to practice and observe while looking at the work of others that should motivate you;)
9) Understand a minimum of vocabulary
Starting the photo without knowing a little vocabulary is very risky. There are five or six terms to know absolutely from the beginning, do not hesitate to create a little lexicon at your beginnings.
10) Be patient with yourself !
Take the time to learn but to learn well;) Do not be in a hurry to want to know everything quickly.
You have already seen a professional photographer become pro in a few days. Take the time to learn how to master your equipment. Read the user guide, yes it's boring, yes it's long BUT it contains so much useful information in the field. You can even make cards if you prefer. Learn to change a setting without looking at the case to be ready at any time.
11) Post-processing software is not everything
Many people and therefore a lot of beginners think that if the photo is not top to the shooting it will be enough to do some manipulations to make it superb behind the computer. The photo processing software is essential to the photographer but if the image is poorly exposed, poorly framed or blurred it will remain forever!
12) Train yourself !
You can do paid training but especially go on the field, this is where you learn the most, you will spend a lot of time if you really want to learn.
13) Show your photos to pro
Many beginners share their photos with the family ... OK ... But the family is still objective ... Especially since you just buy a SLR so it's good you are the photographer of the family! Exchange with pro, receive criticism as long as it is constructive it will only bring you positive !!!!!!!!
There are many groups for this kind of sharing on Facebook but also the photo club in your city.
14) LAST ADVICE ;) !!!!!!!!!!!!
Enjoy the moments when you take pictures, they are pure moments of escape so have fun, enjoy thoroughly !!
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