We have all seen photographs, digital and some old negative photo strips. There are lots of people who are fascinated with photography and love taking pictures.
While there are those who think photography is very simple, there are others who know the hard work that goes behind taking that candid shot. But, “what is photography,” you might ask?
Photography is about vision, either real or perceived. Before taking the camera out of the bag, we need to learn to look at what our eyes see. The biggest mistake beginning photographers do is that they stop dead in their tracks and immediately put the camera on and then start searching. Once you put the camera in front of your eye, the lens will confuse you showing different things when zoomed in and out.
A good photograph should not be something that you search after fishing out the camera. It’s important to see, to see what stopped you in the first place. Once the camera is in front of the eye, you should see what you generally saw without the camera.
The camera shouldn’t be the reason you found the picture; the camera should be a way for you to capture what your gray matter saw.
Not all have the ability to see, so you might wonder how do we learn to see.
This is a priceless question, and the answer will chase you for as long as you can hold a camera. In your attempt to learn to see, you incorporate an individual style or vision. While you journey along this wonderful path, you will find everything you visited before, that same subject but in a different light.
The subject will remain the same but will be in a different light as your vision evolves.We must exercise our eye in such a way that seeing becomes an involuntary process.
Photography is very similar to painting, the artist first imagines a scene and then starts working. He doesn’t start working on the canvas immediately without deciding what to do.
When we start learning how to read, we read slowly so that our mind grasps each syllable of every word. As our reading skill matures, we read silently and eventually get to the stage where we absorb the content by speed reading.
For years, our eyes are only trained to see, and we skip those minute details which are vital for a perfect picture.
Think of learning to see like an amateur reader. While moving left to right, scan each detail as you would a syllable. Read loudly and observe, look intently, and you will master the art of seeing.
Practice is essential irrespective of the activity.
Put this skill to practice and improve your vision, to see and to observe. As you keep practicing more and more, it will become an intuitive process, and you can see flowers among the grass even clearer than before.
Now that you’ve learned the art of observing. Here are a few tips for beginning photographers.
Tips For Beginners
Avoid Buying Expensive Equipment
Some people misunderstand that the perfect photos have little do with expensive equipment. It is possible for you to take beautiful photos with an inexpensive point and shoot.
The more pictures you take, the more you’ll learn about what kind of camera you need to get once you’re ready to upgrade.
Tripod Might Be Handy
A tripod is very useful especially for those who have shaky hands. The satisfaction with your shots escalates once you get a tripod.
Always Carry Your Camera
The last thing you’d want is to witness a perfect shot but not have your camera with you. You never know when the opportunity of a perfect shot might knock at your door. Don’t carry all your equipment with you, just a small camera bag and a tripod should be fine.
If your phone is equipped with a camera, use it to take notes or reminder photographs so you can return with your proper camera.
List of Shots
For those times you cannot carry your camera, take a small notebook and note down the places you’d like to come back for photos. Make sure to note all the crucial details like lighting and the time of day, and even the weather.
Do not Overlook
While you sit in your living room or your kitchen, you might not see any interesting subjects to photograph. Try to look at your surrounding especially ones you’re familiar with fresh eyes. You might have some stunning flowers in your backyard that make amazing photos.
You can never run out of learning things with all the inspiration around you especially when you have a hobby like photography.
Analyse every aspect of your surroundings with the eyes of a photographer and you will see things you never saw before.
Use the Free Resources
Browse through websites about photography or go to your local library. If you’re interested in post processing, then try out free software in your spare time.
Experimenting is Key
Read the camera’s manual, explore the settings. Learn what setting does what. Decipher all the little symbols and try shooting with various settings so you can see which effects are more suitable.
If you don’t remember which settings you’ve used, you can always check EXIF data on your computer.
The information about photography that is available online can be overwhelming. Start with a few articles and be open to what experienced photographers have to say about various techniques. You can’t break the rules unless you know them.
Take Photos Regularly.
In your busy schedule, try to photograph something every day. Make sure you take time to practice every day, so you don’t forget what you’ve learned.
Don’t be Afraid
If you’re using a digital camera, make as many errors as you can because it doesn’t cost a dime. Go crazy with taking pictures, and you might find something you life.
Before grabbing your camera, make sure you improve your vision to see, to observe and to absorb. Make sure to experiment. Don’t be scared to experiment. Go crazy, Go Wild but make sure you learn something every single time you do.