What do I need to get started in photography? 

I have been fascinated by photography since I was a kid, I remember my dad had a fantastic MINOLTA MAXXUM 7000 and would bring it everywhere with him. I am now an amateur photographer with a passion for landscape photography. 

I wanted to share a few tips for those interested in getting started in photography.  At times it can feel like there is a lot to take in.  Below are some simple areas to consider as you begin your journey. 

  1. Choose the right camera: take time to research and select a camera that suits your needs and budget. Consider factors like image quality, ease of use, versatility, and available lenses. Entry-level DSLRs or mirrorless cameras are popular choices for beginners. At Photography Revision we created a basic quiz to help our reader determine the best-suited camera given the wide choice out there. Feel free to give it a try here – Camera Quiz
  2. Learn the basics: Familiarize yourself with the fundamental concepts of photography, such as exposure, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, composition, and lighting. These can be learned by reading books, watching tutorials, or going online. These elements play a crucial role in creating captivating images. 
  3. Understand your camera: You’re going to spend a great deal of time with it so take the time to understand your camera’s settings, modes, and controls. Learn how to adjust exposure settings manually to have more creative control over your photographs.
  4. Experiment and practice:  There is nothing like practice, get out with your camera and start taking photos. Experiment with different subjects, compositions, angles, and lighting conditions. Practice regularly to develop your skills and gain confidence. Remember there is no such thing as bad photography, it is all part of the journey. 
  5. Study composition: Composition is key to creating visually pleasing photographs. Learn about the rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry, framing, and other compositional techniques. Analyze and study the work of renowned photographers to gain inspiration and insights.
  6. Explore different genres: Everyone will have a different style and interest when it comes to photography. My advice would be to try your hand at various genres of photography, such as landscape, portrait, street, wildlife, or architecture and see what works for you. Exploring different genres allows you to discover your interests and strengths.
  7. Post-processing: As photography moves more and more online, it is helpful to learn basic editing techniques using software like Adobe Lightroom or other photo editing tools. Editing can enhance your images by adjusting exposure, contrast, color balance, and adding creative effects. This is also helpful if you want to turn this hobby into a business one day. 
  8. Seek feedback and learn from others: Join photography communities, forums, or social media groups where you can share your work and receive constructive feedback. Engaging with fellow photographers can help you improve and gain valuable insights and is ultimately just more fun.  I love the social aspect of photography, I always find the camera breaks down barriers with people. 
  9. Develop a personal style: As you gain experience, develop your unique style and vision. Experiment with different techniques, subject matters, and approaches to photography. Over time, you’ll find your own voice and distinctive aesthetic.
  10. Never stop learning: Photography is a continuous learning process. Stay curious, keep up with industry trends, explore new techniques, and embrace opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills.

These are some of the basics to think about before jumping into photography.  It is easy to buy lots of gear and spend more money but remember, photography can be as simple as going outside with your iPhone and capturing some fantastic moments. 

All photographers need practice, a good dose of patience, and perseverance. 

Enjoy the journey, it is one that takes you to places you never thought you would go! 

Richard Maxwell

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