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Tips For Aspiring Photographer

Posted by: Harry Emery on 01/09/2013 - 3:32 PM

I just recently fell in love with taking pictures, so i went out and bought a new camera and joined this website any tips that could be provided would be great and if you could check out some of my photographs that would be great thankyou.

 

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Posted by: Tony Murray on 01/09/2013 - 3:42 PM

Welcome. This is a good resource as well: http://www.viewbug.com/

 

Posted by: Mike Savad on 01/09/2013 - 3:50 PM

there are no real tips, just practice lots.


---Mike Savad

 

Posted by: Bold Coast Photography on 01/09/2013 - 4:01 PM

Shoot what you like and keep at it until it becomes second nature. Like Mike said, practice, practice, practice. Welcome aboard and best of luck to you!

 

Posted by: Michel Soucy on 01/09/2013 - 4:02 PM

The best part about shooting digital...you'll save tons on film, processing and printing!

Shoot, shoot, shoot and shoot. Lots of resources on the web that will save $$ on books etc.
Join a local photography club if there is one....

As soon as you get a sense of what subject matter interests you, focus your attention on that.
For me, I originally was interested in b&w portraiture, now it includes nature and wildlife as well.

Most importantly....have fun! :)

Cheers!

 

Posted by: Harry Emery on 01/09/2013 - 4:04 PM

Thankyou all for the tips and tony i checked into that website and it seems like something that i would be interesred in joining so thanks again

 

Posted by: Christina Rollo on 01/09/2013 - 4:08 PM

Welcome Harry! Best advice I can give is to read your manual, and follow your heart!

 

Posted by: Harry Emery on 01/09/2013 - 4:09 PM

Thankyou Christina, will do

 

Posted by: Paul Cowan on 01/09/2013 - 4:34 PM

You should find that your camera creates a new way of seeing the world. If it does, then develop that vision. If it doesn't, make things a bit harder for yourself - get a fixed length lens instead of a zoom and force yourself to compose within the limits of the lens. It's surprisingly educational.

 

Posted by: Pamela Patch on 01/09/2013 - 5:11 PM


I like that advice Paul, great exercise, think I will try that.

Welcome to faa Harry.

 

Posted by: Harry Emery on 01/09/2013 - 6:31 PM

Thankyou Pamela and Paul and that is a good technique that i think i will try.

 

Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/09/2013 - 8:07 PM

Hi, Harry -- welcome! There are a MILLION tips; more than we could ever force feed you!

Read you manual, even if just a few pages a day, and try things as you go. You'll be glad you did!

Study the basics: light, composition, exposure, focus, etc. The Internet can provide the equivalent of an advanced degree -- for free! Remember, Google is your friend. :-)

Look at photographs that Wow! you (you'll probably find many in the galleries of FAA) -- then read books, tutorials, take classes -- anything that will teach you how to Wow! with your own photos.

Get closer to your subject.

Get down (or up) to the level with your subject.

Keep your horizon straight, unless you're going for a special effect.

Think outside the box, and translate that to your pictures.

Don't get complacent, 'better' is always just ahead. ;-)

Some (hopefully) helpful links:

http://www.geofflawrence.com/index.html
http://www.digital-photography-tips.net/beginners-photography-basics.html
http://www.dptips-central.com/digital-photography-basics.html
http://digital-photography-school.com/
http://rising.blackstar.com/category/art-of-photography
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm

Examine your photographs onscreen and printed out -- that's very different from checking them in-camera.

Have fun.

Shoot, shoot, shoot!

EDIT TO ADD -- Check out some of the awesome tutorial videos on YouTube. If you can think up a question, YT probably has a video to help.

 

Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/09/2013 - 8:17 PM

Back to say, I visited your images, Harry.

This is lovely -

Photography Prints

At first glance, I immediately wondered how it might look in portrait orientation (vertical). So, I'll add a tip to my already over-long list -- try shooting a great subject in both landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) orientation. You might be surprised at what develops! :-)

 

Posted by: Gregory Scott on 01/09/2013 - 8:46 PM

Look at the Photo 101 contest series. A new "assignment each contest, and it's purpose is to give you a broad scope in your vision as you search for photographic subjects.

 

Posted by: Gregory Scott on 01/09/2013 - 8:47 PM

Look at the Photo 101 contest series. A new "assignment each contest, and it's purpose is to give you a broad scope in your vision as you search for photographic subjects.

 

Posted by: Martha Lyle on 01/09/2013 - 9:26 PM

I am new to all of this also, thanks everyone for all of your input! Very eager to learn more and see if anyone else besides me likes my photos.

 

Posted by: Harry Emery on 01/09/2013 - 10:04 PM

Wow thankyou everyone for all the input and I appreciate all of the learning tips especialay from Wendy, again thankyou.

 

Posted by: Dean Harte on 01/10/2013 - 2:23 AM

Learn not to take photographs, but make photographs. Dont be discouraged if sales dont immediately follow but focus on learning your craft and art. Most importantly though: have fun :)

 

Posted by: Harry Emery on 01/10/2013 - 6:31 AM

Thanks for the tip Dean.

 

Posted by: Sandra Bronstein on 01/10/2013 - 9:03 AM

Try to see the image before you lift the camera to your eye. Pick out the details you want to show, think of the story you want to tell and most of all - as everyone here has said - practice without discouragement! Good luck - we look forward to seeing more of your work!

 

Posted by: Andrew Pacheco on 01/10/2013 - 9:13 AM

Make sure you're always having fun while you're shooting and learning.

While learning your camera pick one feature or mode and work with it until it becomes second nature, then go on to another. The same thing goes for different photographic techniques.

youtube is an awesome resource for learning your camera, learning about photography, and photo editing. It's free too!

Shoot lots and then shoot some more.

 

Posted by: Dale Ford on 01/10/2013 - 11:46 AM

Hi Harry,
Welcome to FAA. Here's a link you might find helpful. Also, check out the other links at the bottom of the page.
Dale

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/2861/7-tips-for-getting-razor-sharp-photos-every-time/

 

Posted by: Charles Beeler on 01/10/2013 - 11:56 AM

Remember the rule of thirds. If your not familiar with it research. It's a basic rule in photography and a lot of photographers don't even know what it is. I really liked the close up of the door. From looking at what you have already posted it looks like you are on the right road to begin with. You gotta a good eye.

 

Posted by: Charles Kozierok on 01/10/2013 - 1:27 PM

Here, off the top of my head, and in no particular order, are a few of my key tips for new photographers.

1. Always shoot RAW.
2. Back up anything you want to keep in at least two separate locations.
3. Don't worry about getting the best camera and other gear when starting out. Work on technique.
4. Learn your camera's ins and outs.
5. Practice shooting anything and everything.
6. Experiment. Try things you wouldn't normally shoot. Look for new angles and options. When you're about to shoot something, turn around and look in the other direction too.
7. Take into account what others think of your work, but only to a limited degree.
8. Don't obssess over sharpness. One of my favorite catchlines: "Artists don't pixel-peep".
9. Know all the rules of composition -- and break them regularly.
10. Take advantage of the golden light at sunrise and sunset, but don't let yourself get locked into shooting at only these times.
11. Use a tripod when it is necessary. Don't use it when there's enough light to make it unnecessary, if it will slow you down or impede your creativity.
12. Resist the temptation to overprocess your image with gaudy oversaturation or cheesy effects. These will appeal to you when you're new, and you'll cringe at them later on. Trust me.
13. Don't be afraid to bump up the ISO if necessary. Modern cameras make very clean images even at 4-digit ISOs.
14. When you're ready to spend money on equipment, spend it on good glass first, not bodies. Glass retains its value; bodies depreciate almost as quickly as computers.
15. Get a decent photo editing package and learn how to use it. You don't need full Photoshop to start.
16. Learn how to read and understand histograms. They are THE key tool to checking if you've nailed exposure.

That's all I got right now. :)

 

Posted by: Harry Emery on 01/10/2013 - 3:08 PM

Wow thankyou for the tips i didn't think that this conversation would generate such good responses

 

Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/10/2013 - 3:22 PM

Well, Harry, people who are obsessed love to share their obsessions! :-)

Glad you found my info useful.

 

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