If you’re new to photography and ready to get started, there are several simple things we think you should remember before diving in. These fundamentals apply to all good photography, and are things that will continually resonate even years after working in the industry.
- Master Your Equipment
- Learn About Light
- Be Patient
Many new photographers make the mistake of thinking they’ll buy a new camera and immediately start snapping professional level pictures. Wrong. When you purchase a new camera, as you would with any other unfamiliar tech device, you need to take careful time to read its manual and learn its unique navigations. Consider spending some time in the store where you bought the camera, working with the staff, taking some test shots and asking any immediate questions. After that, check out this article to learn how to use a DSLR for the first time.
Any experienced photographer will confirm that an understanding of light is one of the most important aspects of a creative and versatile photographer’s mind. While as we mentioned in the above tip, it’s important to learn how to alter your camera’s settings, you should understand that light is always going to be what motivates you to adjust those settings at all. If you want to take professional-looking photos but don’t have a background education in things like lighting, ISO or aperture, we recommend you take a photography course to develop that general understanding. If you are an NYIP student, head back to Unit 3 of your course for a comprehensive refresher on lighting fundamentals.
Another mistake often made by new photographers is to think that perfect shots come quickly. No matter how many years you’ve been taking pictures or how excellent of an eye you’ve developed, this isn’t the truth. Good images take patience. This fact goes hand in hand with the aforementioned understanding of light. As photographers, we work at the mercy of the given lighting situation- especially when we’re working outside. Whether you’re waiting for golden hour at sundown or making adjustments under overcast skies, it’s important for you to remember that the best shots you take for the day probably won’t be your first few.
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