So you’ve decided you want to pursue photography or start a small business. Congratulations! Though photography might seem daunting, it’s not as hard as you think (especially when you have a grasp of what you’re doing and where to begin). Here are 6 stupidly simple tips to help you get started and improve your growing craft, regardless of your ‘beginner’ status.
(Photo by Amanda Saunders)
Research what camera is the best fit for you
Just because you’re starting with photography doesn’t mean you have to invest in the best, most expensive camera. There are a wealth of options out there, and many resale options on sites like Offer Up, Craigslist, or even Facebook Marketplace.
Before you purchase a camera, research what is of interest to you. Are you planning on taking portraits or still photography? Action shots? Close-ups? Look into what lenses you might need for your specific interest (ex: zoom lens, telephoto, etc.) Then research camera options (old and new) that best fit your goals.
Remember: purchasing a discounted or used camera isn’t bad, especially if you’re beginning! If you know an expert or have someone you trust, have them go with you to look at specific camera models. They may be able to help you choose the right camera and notice issues you may have overlooked if you were alone.
Read the instruction manual
This may seem like a no-brainer, but more often than not, we tend to breeze through instructions not wanting to waste time, or because the manuals are big and overwhelming!
If you want to improve your craft, however, reading the manual is important because it will tell you the ins and outs, and specifics of your exact model.
Invest in a tripod or stabilizing device/mechanism
Having a steady hand is the hardest part of owning a camera and taking professional pictures. If there is a means of stabilizing your camera, or if there is a tripod extension you can purchase, do this, as it will help your pictures to be clear, steady, and professional (even if you’re just beginning!)
Find discounted (or free!) photography classes online or in your area
Take advantage of YouTube videos and other resources online. Many people have made camera tutorials where they explain, step by step, how to use a specific camera. Check these out! Also research classes in your area that can help you get started, or tap into professionals or friends you know who may be able to share a few tips and tricks.
(Photo by Sedric Acevedo)
Study professionals and what they do
Expose yourself to as many professionals and professional photographs as possible. Go to exhibits, research tips, read books, etc. Try to emulate ideas and concepts, and then shift these skills into your own brand.
Connect on social media
As you grow, don’t be afraid to share your content through social media or other means. This is a great way to engage with other professionals, ask for help, get feedback, and improve your skills.