How to get into Photography

By   March 25, 2016

You know that you wish to take better pictures or get into serious photography. This is a perfect time! Below, some tips are listed to get you started in photography.

Choose how much of your subject you would like to view in your photo. An excellent photo will function like a little window, showing a moment in time for your subject. Don’t try to cram too much into a single photo. Try taking a series of photos for a better impression of a subject than one without details and focus.


Try to avoid including an overcast sky in your shots. If you have too much gray sky in your photo it will make it look muted. If you cannot exclude the overcast sky from your shots, you may want to consider taking black and white photos. If the day is not overcast, you can show as much of the sky as you want to, but make sure you are attentive to the lighting.

Keep the settings on your camera simple. Become familiar with one of the settings, like shutter speed or aperture, before you tackle the others. This way, you can concentrate on taking the shot instead of fiddling about with camera settings while your subject walks away.

Here is a little did-you-know photo hint! Educate yourself about the advantages of different shutter speeds. Your camera actually has A,M,S and P settings. Program mode is indicated by the “P”. The program mode allows you to set up the shutter speed and the aperture automatically. Use this setting whenever you are unsure of what it is you will be photographing.

Always keep your batteries charged; you have to be ready at all times to take the perfect shot. Digital cameras consume a lot of battery life, particularly when you use the LCD screen; therefore, be sure that your batteries are charged fully before you need to use your camera. It is also a good idea to carry around spare batteries. This way you will never miss out on a great shot.

Try taking photos of people. You should always ask permission first. After you get home from your trip, these images will provoke thoughts and memories, even if they are nothing more than ordinary. Try to get a candid expression with casual clothing.

Try your hardest to make sure your models are comfortable, particularly those that you are not very familiar with. Many people see photographers as a possible threat. Ask permission before you start taking the pictures. Be friendly, and don’t be afraid of a little conversation. Reassure people that the goal of your photography efforts is to capture and create art, and not to violate their privacy.

Regardless of whether you are pursuing photography as a hobby or career, good composition is the key to taking high quality photos. Like some other artistic ventures, if you do not have good composition, it is not good! Take the time to learn and implement different types of composition to improve the overall quality of your photographs.

When warming up to shoot a wedding, try catching some unexpected shots of small details like a bag of makeup sitting on a table or a close-up of a flower. You might be able to capture some very special moments in the meantime.

You should now have some basic photography tips and tricks under your belt. Even if you already knew something about photography, the tips you just read should catapult you to the next level of expertise. The advice you just read should give you enough knowledge that will let you know where to begin when you’re trying to take good photographs.