All of us had to start somewhere either by picking up our parents cameras, or starting out in high school year book or photography club. But, that is the point, when we first picked up a camera it was something magical, it was something unreal.
You look through a piece of glass, at someone in-front of you, or a building or a plant, or anything you can photograph and if you had foresight or patience, you would have gone to the library and picked ups few books and read them. You may have even had a mentor to guide you through the magical world of photography and be that Rosetta Stone to make it easy to understand. Mine, well let's say weren't as spectacular, some were to dark, others where whiter then a clean linen sheet. I later did go to the library and figured out what ISO meant, aperture, white balance, shutter speed. My pictures weren't perfect but they were much more average looking, I wasn't wasting money on processing film. Yes I am that old, I remember all of the little canisters which needed to be put into an envelope and wishing, hoping that the images you took with your camera were beautiful and not an embarrassment to you and your subject.
I am simply writing today in hopes of helping a new photographer, someone who is just either picking up the camera for the first time or has taken a few pictures and used the pray and pray method of digital photography.
Read the manuals
- I realize that reading the manuals for all things can be boring and tedious, however with your equipment for your photographs and to make impactful image, take the time with your equipment and read the manuals
- Put the manuals in your camera bag, as it is always handy to have them in a pinch or when you are trying to figure out how to get the right settings for an image you want to take.
- When you buy a camera body, it always comes with one battery unless you buy the consumer quick shoot type cameras. I can not stress enough to buy a second battery with your camera body. I realize that you have an added cost and it may impact the lenses you pick up but always include in your purchase a second battery for your camera body.
- Regardless of whether you use rechargeable or alkaline batteries. Two things you should always do before you go and shoot.
- Recharge or ensure the batteries you are using are full or as close to it so that you are not stuck without batteries half way through a shoot.
- Bring extra batteries enough to swap out your key items; flash, light meter, any item you deem vital for your photography outing.
No try just do
- Never be afraid of experimenting!
- Any image repository, or image based apps or web site like Instagram, or 500px or Pinterest are great resources for inspiration. Save those images to your hard drive and use them to inspire you to create and try and mimic the same image.
- Go out and shoot, shoot anything and everything, change the settings on your camera, change the focal lengths to experiment and create images.
For the first part of this running series, the pointers are simple and easy to follow for any new or beginning amateur photographer.