If you’ve ever considered getting into photography, you might be overwhelmed with the number of options and guides you’re going to find online. Photography is like any form of art, and like any form of art, there’s no actual “beginning.” Sometimes, it just comes to you in a spark and inspires you to do things. If you want to start your progression slow, however, then you’ve come to the right place. Our guide will give you a better insight as to just how you should approach photography as a craft and hopefully be inspired enough to slowly start developing yourself as a better photographer as you keep on taking your photographs.
If you’re looking to be a professional photographer soon, however, there’s definitely room in the industry. Numbers from Zion Market Research indicate that the worldwide digital photography market is expected to be valued at around $110.79-billion in as early as 2012, leaving plenty of room for innovation and new businesses that might want to start penetrating the industry and introduce a myriad of new innovations. In fact, it’s perhaps the growth of photo sharing sites and social networking sites such as Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram that had skyrocket the industry into popularity. Various forms of technology now exist that cater to various photography interests. This means the tipe is ripe for you to learn photography even if you’re a beginner. Here’s the beginners guide on how to take the best photos:
- Not a matter of equipment: Perhaps one of the most important aspects of photography is to always remember that it’s an art form. Like any art form – be it dance, sculpting, sketching, singing – expensive equipment doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to develop your skills fast enough. It’s still very possible to get good photos with an inexpensive camera.
- Get a tripod ready: One of the most important assets you can get as a photographer is a tripod. While others might consider it a bit bulky to be useful, bringing one can be an asset especially if you’ve decided to have a shoot – or even when you decide to be a professional. Having shaky hands can affect photo quality, so having a tripod at the ready will at least ensure your camera will be stable enough to get clear and crisp shots.
- Your camera is your best friend: This advice might be something photographers give you, and it might seem impractical at first, but it’s best you keep your camera with you at all times. Practice can help you develop your skills as a photographer, so when you go to places and see something extraordinary for you, having a camera ready will make sure you always capture the moment. If you don’t want to bring a camera, take your phone camera and take shots of scenes, people, or situations you want to go back to with a regular camera.
- Prepare a shot list: A shot list is exactly what it describes, it’s a list of shots you want to make. This can be in the form of a simple list, or an elaborate one with themes and angles involved. The point is to practice being prepared to take certain shots in certain situations. Improving your instincts this way will allow you to spontaneously make good decisions with your camera when you have to take shots on the get-go.
- Transform the mundane: A lot of new photographers think the secret to a great shot is to find the “perfect” scenario or subject. What a lot of people forget is that most of the “beautiful” shots of photographers are almost certainly taken in the moment. This is a practice you should do – try as much as possible to get yourself otherwise “ordinary” subjects and find ways to explore photography and “transform” them into something great. This can be done with a trick of the light, an illusion of sorts, or other tricks that you think can help emphasize a subject.
- Experiment with your camera: While this might seem a bit overwhelming, regardless of how many resources you read, you won’t be able to be skilled with photography unless you actually experiment with your camera’s settings. Read the manual to get a basic gist of what your camera can and can’t do, and then try to play around as you go along. Experiment with the highest and lowest settings of everything, shuffling everything until you get a gist of what happens with even the tiniest adjustment. This allows you to be more spontaneous with your decisions and not think about your camera settings when the moment you want to capture might disappear at any moment.
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When you take up photography as a hobby, you might be a bit overwhelmed with the many options you have into taking your photographs. Like how sketching, painting, cooking, writing, or dancing, any new skill can be overwhelming given the many ways for you to perform your art. However, like with the aforementioned skills, photography can be learned given enough time, patience, and practice. As a beginner, you’re expected to meet (and overcome) many hurdles in order to become a good photographer, and the guide above is just one of many resources you can find here in MOT International that can help you be a rockstar photographer.
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