When I first started taking photographs, I was an absolute beginner. I didn’t know how to take an impressive photograph, but my desire to create something meaningful was overwhelming. I wondered why I couldn’t recreate the photographs which I clearly pictured in my mind. For a while, I thought that I was talentless. With time, however, I learned a few valuable tips which increased my confidence, creativity, and love for photography. Here they are:
1. Familiarize yourself with artists and genres
A certain artist may have inspired you to pursue photography. Perhaps you’ve always had a desire to document candid moments, landscapes, or movement in sports. Though it’s easy to focus on only one genre, it’s important to embrace other types of art. If your creative side revolves around portraiture, take some time to study wildlife photography. If you love macro photography, research aerial photography. This research will broaden your creative horizons and make you comfortable with all kinds of artistic perspectives. As you get to know other artists, you’ll learn more about yourself and what you feel more attracted to. Even if you find yourself gravitating toward your initial interest, you will still have obtained valuable information by understanding other types of photography. This will benefit you greatly in the long run.
There’s an abundance of welcoming communities online which are always open to new members. A few examples are DeviantArt, Flickr, 500px, and Instagram.
2. Practice by starting a project
The best way to practice is with the help of an interesting project. Committing to a creative adventure will allow you to practice consistently; this, in turn, will carve you into a more skillful photographer. Choose a project that really fits into your schedule: those who are up for a great challenge can start a 365 project, whereas those who want weekly consistency should consider the 52-week challenge. Other projects could focus on various genres, themes, or stories. You can even create a personal project based on your own lifestyle. If your project is fun, committing to it will be far from bothersome.
3. Know your equipment
Thanks to today’s advanced technology, even phones can serve as proper cameras. Remember to use your tools wisely; get comfortable with your camera’s settings before you begin shooting. Understand how your camera captures light and find ways to work around its weaknesses (every camera has some). This knowledge will help you have more successful shoots with both yourself and other people.
3. Watch tutorials and attend workshops
Tutorials and workshops can greatly motivate and uplift any photographer. The best thing is that they’re open to everyone; there are many free courses and workshops online open to all. Dedicating at least a few hours per week to these valuable videos will benefit you in many, many ways.