3 Photography Tips For Beginners


When you are just getting started in photography the amount of information available can be so overwhelming you don’t even know where to start.  Even a lot of the photography for beginners books out there over complicate things to much.  In order to help you cut through all the useless information we’ve put together a list of photography tips for beginners.  Instead of even making a list of 8, 10 or 20 we are going to keep it short and sweet with our top 3 tips.

  1. Don’t be afraid to just try – When people start out doing anything new they are afraid of doing something wrong or looking funny.  With photography you need to look past that and just try.  The more you experiment the quicker you’ll learn and the better photos you’ll get.  Trust me, I was a beginner once and this tip alone was amazing.
  2. Read the manual – I know this one sucks, but part of taking good photos is knowing how your camera works and how to change the setting to achieve the photos you want.  Familiarizing yourself with the terms in the manual will help you understand when people try and explain how they took a certain photo.
  3. Download Picasa or iPhoto – When I was a beginner I looked at photos the pros took and thought to myself…how in the world do they take photos like that.  I didn’t realize that even the best pro photographers still edit their photos to get a certain look or feel.  Both Picasa and iPhoto are great options for beginners.  Picasa is a free download from Google and iPhoto comes with most newer Mac’s.  If you’re looking to spend a bit of money then Adobe’s Lightroom is a great choice, but it’ll set you back $99.

There you have it…three tips to get any beginner photographer headed in the right direction.  Other things to keep in mind would be backing up your photos and keeping your camera clean.  I learned both the hard way!  Once I lost all my photos from a week long trip to England.  If you’re looking for more tips and guides in your photography journey head on over to the Simple Photo Guide.

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