Could be that you are an aspiring photographer, or simply interested in it as a hobby. Could also be that all you want to know is what it takes to shoot amazing photographs. Whichever one of these people you are, this article will guide you by giving you the basic tips that you ought to know. One article cannot encompass the entirety of photography. Photography itself is a journey and a discipline. The tips given in this article are drawn from experience and as such, they will prevent you from making some of the common mistakes that many beginners make when starting out. Keep reading to find out more!
You Don’t Necessarily Need Expensive Equipment
You see, photography is an art. As such it really depends on creativity more heavily than it does equipment. Photography can be very expensive. In fact, cameras and lenses can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Antique cameras can go for millions of dollars. Ironically though, some of the most breathtaking photos were captured with most humble of cameras. That being said, as you start your photography journey a basic DSLR will do. We recommend starting out with a DSLR because this type of camera will really help you understand the mechanics of photography i.e exposure. However, some phone cameras do allow complete manual control of the camera settings, so if you have such a phone, it will suffice for now. As you progress in your photography journey, you may find that you will specialize in a particular niche. Your niche will decide what camera is best for you, and what lenses to equip it with. For now, though, work with what you have!
Take Many, Many Shots- to Get the Perfect One
Photography captures a single moment in time. A great photograph captures a single moment in time perfectly! Perfection requires the patience and thoroughness to take as many shots as possible of the subject matter, in order to pick the best. One of the most perfectly timed photographs on the internet today belongs to a photographer known as Alan Mcfadyen. He is famous for his photo depicting the perfect moment when the beak of a diving kingfisher bird touches the water. Amazingly, it took him six years and around 720,000 photos to get the perfect one. This example is extreme but it highlights a great point. There’s no such thing as too many photographs, and for you to take perfect photographs you have to be patient.
Always be Ready
As a burgeoning photographer I cannot keep count of the number of times a perfect moment to capture arose and I, unfortunately, didn’t have my photograph with me. You see, in photography, barring studio photography, there’s very little you can control. You cannot force the perfect moment to present itself. That means that you always have to be ready. Always! If you ever find yourself in a circumstance where you cannot access your camera, let your phone come to the rescue. Take a photo with your phone to remind you of the location where the amazing opportunity presented itself. More chances than not, the perfect moment may present itself again.
Scout the Area for the Best Spots
This is an overlooked tip. Not doing proper reconnaissance can cost you golden opportunities to take amazing photos. On this note, I once had an embarrassing personal experience where I saw amazing photos of a beach, only to find out that I’d actually frequently taken photos on the same beach, but on the opposite side. Don’t let that be you. Before even setting up to start shooting. You must dedicate a considerable amount of time to study your location. Moreover, if you’re looking to focus on one particular area, it helps to study the weather pattern. Having it rain right when you’re about to take an amazing landscape photograph is one of the most frustrating experience!
Practice Makes Perfect
This one goes without saying. Like any skill or art out there photography requires dedication. Commit yourself to learn. Begin with basics like exposure and move on to more complex aspects. As a beginning photographer, I was lucky enough to have an amazing instructional video guide sent with my first DSLR. It made me realize that sometimes visual learning coupled with imitation can be a better way to learn than reading. Whichever one works for you, stick to it. Some lessons that you’ll learn on your photography journey won’t be found in any book. And that’s part of the beauty of photography. You get to tell your own story!