A beginner’s guide to photography

A beginner’s guide to photography is just what you need to begin your next adventure. Photography and travelling go hand in hand. There’s nothing quite like snapping up a few shots of your favourite location. You don’t have to be an expert to take nice photos, you don’t even need the most expensive equipment; you just need to be patient and think outside of the box. Be experimental.

A beginner’s guide to photography: Don’t go out and buy the most expensive equipment straight away

There’s no point to breaking the bank on equipment if you can’t yet use the simpler equipment first. Expensive lenses also are a lot bigger and a lot heavier and you’re more likely to be upset if expensive lenses get broken during your travels. Always remember that practice makes perfect, so get used to using your equipment before upgrading.

Learn how to use what you’ve got

Start with the simple parts like the menu settings, zoom and shutter speed. If you have a DSLR, try learning how to manually change those things instead of allowing the camera to automatically do it. You’ll get a better photo once you practice. You can look up how to do so online depending on the make and model of your camera, and if you really want to, you can apply to do photography classes for a reasonable price. Good photography isn’t about the best equipment, it’s about developing an eye for composition, lighting and depth of field.

No photo is a bad photo

Don’t delete photos, not even if you run out of space. Use an SD card (invest in one, they’re great) and put ALL of the photos you take onto a computer. No photo is bad. If your photo is a bit blurry, don’t worry about it, sometimes that’s all part of the charm.

Learn to use a photo editing program

Programs such as Photoshop are great for people at all levels of photography because you can do so many things with it, from changing it to black and white, to tweaking it to mix and blend images together. You can download a free trial of Photoshop online and practice on your own photos. If you prefer to be taught, there are also classes available but the program is not included in the fee and after your trial is complete you have to buy the program.

Keep your camera with you

Whether you’re travelling or walking around your home city, there are thousands to millions of opportunities every single day for you to photograph.Take photos of interesting people on busy suburban streets; take photos of the sunset or of animals in the park. Be creative with your camera wherever you go.