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5 Photography Tips for Beginners: Part Two

The world of digital photography is vast and exciting, but if you are new to photography, your camera manual alone may seem overwhelming, much less all of the information you’ll find online about digital photography. Here are a few tips to consider when you are new to photography.  Click here to view the first 5 tips!

6. Photograph Your Surroundings

This idea relates back to carrying your camera everywhere, but instead of becoming aware of how to operate your camera, as photographers, we need to learn how to understand our surroundings. We need to develop a certain awareness of things such as light, color and form, in order to know how to create images with our cameras. The more you photograph what’s around you, the more you will learn how your camera sees things such as light and color.

7. Keep a Journal

You can go as detailed as you would like with this idea, but jotting down notes while you are shooting can help you tremendously. For example, if you find a combination of settings that work really well on your camera in a particular location (say, if you are shooting indoors in low light), writing down the settings that you used can be a great reference later on. If, for whatever reason, you don’t have your camera with you and you think of a shot you would like to take, having a notebook or journal is the perfect place to write down your ideas.

8. Experiment

Don’t be afraid to try something new! Find different styles of photography or new techniques - whether it be a certain style of post-processing or using a different type of lighting - and give them a try on your own. You don’t have to show the images to anyone (unless you want to, then go for it!) but rather, this is an exercise for your own benefit. Experimentation will lead you to discovering your own style as a photographer.

9. Purchase a Tripod

While it is best to hold off on investing a lot of money in camera equipment up front, purchasing a tripod is a wise idea. When you are learning to edit your images in software such as Lightroom and Photoshop, having crisp images will help you learn how to edit more efficiently. Having a tripod will ensure sharp images, both to help you edit, and for your own enjoyment, as using a tripod prevents your camera from moving, causing blur, or “camera shake.” Read more about tripod's here.

10. Enjoy Yourself

This should go without saying, but it is easy to forget, especially if your images aren’t coming out quite as you had hoped. Sure, we all get frustrated from time to time, but photography should be enjoyable! So, if you find yourself getting frustrated, just take a break – whether it be an hour-long, or even a few days-long, break. Sometimes, taking a step back can remind us just how much we enjoy photography. 

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