Photography is so much fun and the results can be so amazing but it isn’t always easy. If you find yourself wanting to become a photographer (or, if you’re me and you’re a blogger and are thus forced to become a photographer)–and you don’t really know where to start or maybe you’ve already started but you’re stuck and can’t figure out what it is you need to do to get going again, you should totally check out these 5 simple hacks for beginning photographers. By no means is it going to make you the world’s best photographer tomorrow, but it might help you gain a little confidence (because that’s half the thing with photography).
5 Simple Hacks for Beginning Photographers
Don’t Waste Your Money
Don’t immediately run out and buy the most expensive equipment right away because it’s “the best”. You are, after all, a beginner so take it slow and use what you’ve got, if you don’t have anything, just ask around. You may be surprised at what you can find at a pawn shop, thrift store, or maybe even in your friend or family’s garage. Once you’ve found a camera, the more you use it, you’ll a feel for what kind of camera to buy when you can afford to upgrade. Don’t believe me? Chantal used her phone for the first few pics on the blog–and then her friend’s borrow coolpix. Not expensive at all.
Always Take Your Camera With You
Treat your camera like you would your cell phone and take it with you everywhere–photo ops always come when you least expect it. Try to and keep your equipment you take with pretty simple: a small camera bag and tripod will do. This way you’ll be ready and able to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. If you do happen to forget your camera, use your phone (if it has a camera) or take “notes” on scenes that you’d like to return to with your actual camera.
Don’t Overlook or Overthink
When it comes to any art it’s easy to overlook and or overthink it. You might not think there is anything interesting to photograph in your house or backyard but that’s because you’re overthinking it and trying to get “the best” photo. Try to look at all of your familiar surroundings with a new perspective behind the lens. You might see something interesting like the way the light hits an object or come across a patch of unexpected/ wildflowers in the yard. More often than not a simple subject can make the best shot.
There are always free ways to learn about photography, you don’t have to go to college to become a photographer. Use your free resources like your local library which not doubt will have a TON of books on all different types of photography. Or you can also use the internet and browse through websites such as Flickr, to see how others do it and take inspiration and tips from their work. Maybe even get in contact with them and ask if they have any tips. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
If you use a digital camera you can go crazy and you don’t need to be afraid to experiment with the photos you take or how many tries it takes to get the right photo because the cost of errors is completely free. You may end up with something you like or maybe something you don’t like either way you’ll learn a lot in the process.
Above all, just have fun and feel confident–one of the best parts of photography is that you’re always learning and that inspiration is all around you. Don’t turn it into an assignment or you’ll never be good at it because you’ll constantly be stressed. Take these 5 Simple Hacks for Beginning Photographers and look at everything with fresh eyes, you’ll see opportunities that you’ve never noticed before. Do you have any tips that are crucial for beginning photographers? Share in the comments. And, don’t forget to