Getting Started With Photography: What Am I Going To Need?
So you’ve decided you want to take up photography. You’re not sure where to start or what you need to do, but you know that this is it.
Unlike its early beginnings, photography is something that most of us get to dabble with in some capacity or the other.
The question is, what separates a frivolous selfie artist or Instagram travel blogger from a real photographer?
One aspect could be the creative process. We’re going to run over a few things you need to ensure that you don’t simply end up like one of the former with a camera!
As with any skill, hobby, art form or discipline, in order to learn, you need the will to do so. In order to develop a will, you need a reason. Ask yourself what it is you wish to gain out of becoming a photographer. What the discipline brings to your table and how you intend on using the skills you eventually gain. If you weren’t already itching to get started, finding out why you want to might give you that final push.
Once you have decided that you want to take up photography and maybe even understand why, it is time to think like a photographer.
Even before you own your first camera, it is important to start being observant. Look around you as you go about your day. Anything, from a teacup resting on a kitchen counter by a windowsill, to a dynamic scenario where two cats are fighting and flying all over the place, could be a potential photograph.
Observe and soak in the world around you and make a mental note every time you see a potential picture even if you don’t yet own a camera!
Lines and Spaces
The practice above should ease you into the next step. This is understanding framing and the significance of lines, patterns and negative space. Observe everything from city skylines to tree trunks up close and notice shapes that reoccur in structures. Learn how to group and frame objects and experiment with looking at the same view from different angles. All this will put you in the headspace you need to get out there and take brilliant photos. Color is also something you might want to start being attentive to.
Procure and get Acquainted
If you can afford to, purchase your own SLR or DSLR. Don’t just be complacent clicking, learn the basics. Go through the manual, look up user guides and get as comfortable as you can with your new gadget.
Understand how to alter basic settings such as aperture, ISO and exposure among others. As a photographer, your camera to you is like a knife to a sushi chef. Learn how to use it and you will get things going!
As said by the notorious Jaffar from Disney’s animated version of Aladdin said to his angsty pet parrot, “patience Iago!”
We’re not implying that you are a sinister fictional bird. What we are saying however is patience when practicing and learning any new skill is key. Don’t get disheartened if your work doesn’t blow people’s minds from the get go.
Don’t give up even if the task seems impossible. Be kind to yourself and be patient. With slow steady consistency, there is no way you won’t eventually get really good!
Though there is a lot more that goes into becoming a good photographer, here are the preliminaries needed to get you started. If you are looking to improve your photography skills or to take beginner photography classes online, we can help! Check out our course tutorials and see if you find something of relevance!