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Advice for a beginner photographer (3 replies and 1 comment)

9 months ago
Ismaeel 9 months ago

It was mainly the works of Mr Deakins that interested me in photography. I was just interested on what advice the greatest cinematographer of all time (and all the talented people of this website) would have for a beginner photographer like me.

9 months ago
Mike 9 months ago

Whether it’s film or digital, buy a camera that feels right for you, you must love your camera and lens system. If it feels right, then it must be right. Go to your local camera shop and handle the merchandise, check out the battery system not just the duration but how easy it is to recharge and how difficult is it to buy additional battery’s. It’s the same with film camera’s, powering on the move can be a problem so make sure you always carry spare batteries. Buying a camera is very personal, it takes time to know the operating parameters not just for the camera but more importantly the lens. You may have to buy a number of camera’s before you choose a favourite, it does take time.

I have a large collection of old cameras and new digital ones too, although the new ones deliver outstanding images, It never feels right as the camera does all the thinking, I like to use a mechanical camera where I choose the settings which is why I always reach for the vintage battered and rusty film types that really work for me. Hearing the mechanicals and shutter ‘clatter’ in unison works for me every time, I like a camera to have a heart and soul, I think it shows in the final image. 

You must love using your camera and the camera will love you!


6 months ago

I'd say take some classes and shoot ever day! The more you shoot the more you'll figure out.

Rosie S Tidwell
5 months ago
Rosie S Tidwell 5 months ago

20 Best Advice In Photography For Beginners

  1. Use the Camera You Already Have (Camera gear is not all that important.)
  2. Work with Your Composition
  3. Learn Which Settings Matter
  4. Don’t Overexpose Highlights
  5. Pay Attention to the Light
  6. Take Your Time
  7. Move Your Feet
  8. Know When to Use a Tripod
  9. Know When to Use a Flash
  10. Clean Your Camera Lens
  11. Don’t Use a Cheap Filter
  12. Learn Basic Post-Processing
  13. Back Up Your Photos
  14. Get Organized
  15. Try Something New
  16. Meet Other Photographers
  17. Fix Your Weak Points
  18. Look at Your Old Photos
  19. Have Fun
  20. Shoot a Lot and Experiment!
The Byre
5 months ago
The Byre 5 months ago
  1.  Always have a camera with you.  A camera you left at home in a drawer is a camera you cannot use and a camera that you do not have!
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