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Tips for Photography Beginners

January 7, 2011 IADT Nashville, Photography 0 Comments

Have you always dreamed of becoming a professional photographer but feel you lack natural talent? Are you an amateur photographer looking to improve on basic photography skills? Don't panic. Just like everything else, practice makes perfect. Here are some basic tips for beginning photographers:

Don't buy the most expensive camera – When starting out in photography, buy a compact digital camera. This will give you basic knowledge of how a camera operates and allow you to improve on your skills. Most compact digital cameras are reasonably priced from $99 to $500.

Read the manual – One of the most important things you can do is read the owner's manual that comes with your digital camera. This manual will teach you how to operate your camera and use features that can allow you to take better pictures.

Test your camera's settings – After reading the owner's manual, practice what you have learned. Adjust the settings accordingly and start taking pictures. If something did not turn out the way you had hoped, revisit the manual to make sure you were on the correct setting.

Steady hands – One cause of blurry pictures is moving the camera while snapping the shot. If you are capturing something in motion, remember to switch the setting to "Sports" mode.

Try new things and be creative – Don't be afraid to use a variety of angles when taking pictures to add depth and texture to an image. Also, explore your zoom options to capture an image up close or at a distance. Being creative with lighting techniques can help to improve your photo.

Take a photography class – Some people learn best from hands-on instruction. Register for a photography class to learn different aspects of how to operate a camera, how to take quality photographs, and where to go to take pictures.

Your camera is your buddy – Beginners and professional photographers should keep their cameras handy, since you never know when you might find an opportunity to take pictures and improve your photography skills.

Once you've mastered your starter camera, take the next step with a professional digital camera. This will allow you to explore complex settings that are not made available on all compact digital cameras.

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