1.Decide Your Goal
Do you want to document your everyday life , a hobbyist or trying to get Pro
2.Choose Your Arsenal
Camera are basically divided into 3 major groups
– Single Lens Reflex / Digital Single Lens Reflex
The advantage of the SLR/DSLR are on the lens where they are interchangeable so gives you more of creative freedom.
– Prosumer Camera / Superzoom
It is basically a mixed between DSLR and Pocket Camera. The sensor are the same with DSLR but the lens are not interchangeable but gives you very far zoom with it’s lens and you see the image through an LCD Screen. Best used for people that wants to get high quality image but don’t want the fuzz of changing lens every single time.
– Pocket Camera
The usual pocket camera with LCD screen with few basic feature and several mode to help you
The most important from all of them are
the skills of the photographer
not the camera.
3.Get Close with your camera
The first mistakes that people do when they buy something , is not reading the manual. How many of you buy something then just use it. This time try to open the manual book , it does help so you can maximize the use of your camera.
4.Learn the basic first
A good foundation is essential to photography, there are many of them but the most important is about the Composition. It is about where you put the subject on the photograph that you will take, just put the camera setting on Program if you are on DSLR or Superzoom and Manual for Pocket camera.
5.Read books , browse Youtube
The photography books are the things you need to learn about photography itself , try to find a good one. Youtube is also another source for learning. Most of the time I browse and find things that are interesting enough for me to learn.
6.Try different kind of photography
There are many types of photography out there , don’t just satisfied with one.
7.Use Photoshop not Sotoshop
From my personal point of view , photoshop or another image editing software is important. But photography itself lies on the skill of taking the photo not the skill of using photoshop. Now most of my time are spent on photoshop are used to crop the picture and adding some watermark to my work before they were uploaded , rarely use it for massive image overhaul .
After few of my first hunting , I used it a lot to correct the mistakes done when the photo was taken but now mostly used for cropping and and watermarking.
8.Learn from another artist
I do learn from another photographer by looking at their work and sometimes analyzing the photograph itself.
Probably you’re gonna ask when ? Well , I do it all the time by looking magazines , billboard , even movies.
9.Take Lot’s of picture
Nowadays there are no reason not to take hundred of pictures , memory card are getting cheaper each day
10. Have FUN
This one is the most important of all , now get out there and do it. Don’t just sit there in front of your computer.