Beginner photography skills (required)
A Post By: Hpusn Official
- When you decided to start experimenting with photography and entered the photography industry, did you not know where to start?
- What should you do when you have purchased a new camera or plan to purchase one?
- What other photography equipment do I need?
- What needs to be done to learn skills?
- Here are some recommended entry skills for beginner photography, which can help you:
Step 1: Need to Own Your Photography Gear
If you are just a beginner in photography, expensive photography equipment does not immediately make you an excellent photographer, and high-end camera equipment may not only waste you but also make your learning process more complicated and tricky It’s like buying a Formula One car to learn how to drive a normal car.
When you really want to buy equipment, please first understand the equipment of different brands. You can find some camera performance comparisons for beginner photography on YouTube. Once you find something that fits your budget, please read the comments to learn more, and again look to forums such as Flickr, where there is a chat group for nearly every brand or model of camera, and they are often more honest about any issues.
Of course, in the follow-up, we will invite the photography experts of the American Photography Association to provide some recommendations for each series of photography.
If you need some photo equipment, you don’t need to buy expensive lighting equipment from big brands, because beginners can’t use the corresponding functions. Of course, you can also find related photo equipment such as softboxes on Amazon. Or buy on our HPusn.com, our products are in Amazon Best Seller.
I will recommend 4 kinds of lighting equipment, each has its own difference, you can choose according to your needs:
- Hpusn SB02 Softbox Lighting Kit (2 Pieces Kit) (Recommended: Indoor Portrait Product Photography)
- Hpusn SB03 Umbrella Softbox Lighting Kit (Recommended: relatively professional portrait photography)
- Geekoto GT200 Flash Speedlite Kit (Recommended: Use when shooting close-ups)
- Geekoto PL20A 320Pc LED Light Panel (Recommended: match with a softbox to improve light source effect)
Step 2: Take many photos
- “Your first ten thousand photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
In life, no matter what kind of skills are used, the more you use them, the more you will become more proficient and the results will be better. When you are doing photography, you can keep reviewing the photography works that you think are good early, you will slowly find out some of your early problems, you will be able to see.
No matter which skill you use, the more you use it, the better you will be. When you take a photo, look back at the early beginner shooting you thought was great, you’ll be able to see Mr. Cartier-Bresson was very right.
Step 3: Read the manual
Reading the photographic equipment manual is perhaps the most boring thing we have done in our life, and we may be more willing to read others’ autobiography. For camera addicts, this will be the most important step before understanding the product. The photographic equipment manual is not exciting to read, but reading this manual is very helpful to improve the understanding of photographic equipment.
Whether it’s just purchased, or has been purchased for a long time and reused, it’s a good thing to understand the camera’s manual and understand how it actually works. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember everything after reading it, because it still allows you to see something useful.
Whether it is from the beginning or rearranged on the track, it is a good thing to understand the actual way this excellent instrument (camera) works. Even if you don’t remember all of this, it doesn’t matter, you will learn or think of something useful.
I suggest that you can collect the reading manuals about the products after purchase so that you can read them later when you need them. Of course, if you can find the video of the product, it will be great.
hpusn products will provide product installation tutorials on community.hpusn.com.
Step 4: Participate in workshops or courses
In fact, for some beginners in photography who do not know how to start, they may blindly participate in some workshops or enroll in some courses at the beginning. But I don’t recommend it here, but choose the course you need to study after you decide what kind of photography you want to study and what you are engaged in.
Hpusn is committed to providing the best lighting solutions for photographer friends. We will also invite some masters of the Photographers Association to share some of their photography journeys from time to time. Also recommend some better online and offline courses.
Step 5: Try to communicate and communicate with other photographers
Whether you participate in an online group that uses a trusted brand, or join a local camera club, these are very valuable. It can make your photography progress quickly. You can get enough discussion and help here.
Communicating with each other, learning from each other, and helping each other are good ways to learn more and get inspiration.
Actively participate in competitions held by the photography club as an opportunity for growth. If there is a photography trip, other activities such as exhibitions are also actively involved. More contact with experienced photographers, talking to them can inspire inspiration and make your goals clearer.
In addition, pay attention to some famous photo newsletters and facebook homepage, leave a message to the photographer you admire and ask questions. As long as you are polite and the questions are professional, most professional photographers will not mind answering your questions.
STEP 6: Try more
After you decide to shoot a certain style or theme, try to try all the possibilities in it, because it may allow you to discover something new. Because you don’t know whether the next one will be better or whether the new choice will be more suitable for you. After you have taken enough shots, then you will be able to know what is most suitable.
STEP 7: Getting feedback
Your friends and family may love you but they will lie to you about your photography. Unless you have a very honest friend or family member who actually knows a bit about photography, it’s often more beneficial to get feedback from strangers.
Signing up to a photo-sharing site where others can comment on your work will get you mostly honest feedback, sometimes brutally so.
Because many times we as photographers, even if we know that the photos we take are defective, it is difficult to find out where the problem is. Then we will post the photo on the website and let more people help us find the problem, maybe Some comments will hurt us and make us very frustrated.
But carefully listening to the opinions of others is also the most important thing in our growth and learning.
STEP 8: Participate in as many contests as possible
If you are a beginner, I suggest you take part in more free competitions, especially those large competitions that can compete with many professional photographers. You can see the gap between you and them, but don’t be discouraged, because you can gain some useful experience for your growth.
STEP 9:How to get off Auto settings
If you want to be a good photographer, get off Auto settings will be crucial. But don’t worry, before you are familiar with your camera, please enjoy the fun of shooting in automatic mode, and then slowly try to use these settings in the middle. This is a bit like learning to drive.
Before deciding whether to set up, you still need to understand the device’s user guide, which will reduce the problems you encounter in the middle.
STEP 10:The digital darkroom
If you are really into your photography, you will need some sort of editing program. In the days of film photography, you needed a darkroom and the use of heavy chemicals. But these days, thanks to modern technology, you can edit almost anywhere.
With today’s digital darkroom you can edit your photos pretty much anywhere and chemical-free.
These days your darkroom can even be in bed with some accompaniments.
There are free and simple programs like Picasa, which have their limits but are good for those just starting out. Then there are the big guns like Photoshop and Lightroom, which can be daunting for beginners, but it’s worth learning even just the basics of these programs if you intend to get serious about your photography at some point. As with getting off Auto settings, it’s not as difficult as it may seem at first, and the internet is bursting with free tutorials on pretty much any program you choose.
End: Have fun
This is the most important point in photography. It may be your source of income for your work, or it may be your hobby. But please remember to enjoy the shooting process and enjoy the fun it brings to you, this is the most important.
Don’t be bothered by failures after trying, do not compare with those professionals, even the best photographers in the world are beginners, keep the original intention, continue to take pictures, continue to learn, continue to challenge yourself, the most important thing is to grow while growing to Enjoy the fun brought by photography.