How to Get Started With Photography
How to Get Started With Photography
The thing is, there is a starting point of everything which in-turn increases your interest towards doing that thing and gradually it converts into passion and then later you become a professional.
Here in this blog I have tried to consolidate each point from beginning. These points will surely help you to move in right direction :
Get Motivated… Get started
Choosing your Camera:
Choose your first dslr based on the feature not its brand. Nikon and Canon are great because they offer you best possible specification available in market and you will get lots of lenses to choose from from wildlife telephoto lens to macro lens or a prime lens. You can always rely on these 2 brands.
On the other hands there are other brands like Pentax and Sony. They do create wonderful cameras but they lag because their lens options are not as wide as Nikon or Canon. I have a huge respect for Pentax, they create weather sealed cameras even for beginner and they build are top notch. Sadly in most of countries their sales and service are not available. If you are countries like USA, then i would say you must consider Pentax before going for Nikon or Canon.
As a entry level DSRL no one looks for higher frame rate, more n more focus points or a fancy flip out screen. The main objective should be first to learn how to operate and make full use of manual functions available in DSLR.
We also should explore market to know what feature we should expect from a entry level DSLR. Our main priority should be high image quality, enough focus points, enough compatible lenses in case if you want to upgrade or a good battery life which gives you at least 600/700 shots before it needs to charge again. AT this level don’t expect cameras with full frame sensors (FX) or more than 30 focus points with tilted screens.
While choosing your first camera, you should consider below points :
Sensor comes in two sizes, Crop sensor or APS-C and Full frame sensor. Full frame sensor are bigger and better and often used in professional cameras, but it also comes with very high price tag. As a beginner always look for APS-C sensors which is slightly smaller than Full Frame and way bigger than smartphone sensors.
Don’t go blindly for Higher Megapixels :
This would be most horrible way to decide your first DSLR. Higher Megapixels doesn’t means great image quality. It just decides the image resolution so that you can print your pictures or crop it without loosing much quality. To know why Megapixels is not everything, Click Here.
Megapixels are not as important as sensor size. A 50 megapixel smartphone can not even beat 16 megapixal DSLR. But yes do keep in mind if you want to print your image or do some processing then higher megapixel image always help coz it retains the quality even if you crop it.
Know Your Camera Better
Get comfortable with your camera, it could be mirrorless, point n shoot or DSLR. Know which could be the best setting according to the scene you are composing. Its always good to know strengths of your camera or lens along with weaknesses, this also helps you to select and frame your shot.
Small techniques likes, how fast can you change ISO or Shutter speed number if you need to. Is there any shortcut for it ? Questions like number of focus points in your camera, maximum ISO it can reach, how to change focusing and metering modes ! All this needs to answered by you before going ahead for shoot.
If you have a DSLR then obviously you must have detachable lens. So you have to know your lenses as well. You can go for portrait shoot with your telephoto lens. Similarly you should be knowing what is the maximum aperture I can get in this camera, zoom range and at what aperture and setting this lens works best.
Get to Know Fundamentals of Photography :
If you want to go to next level of photography, get accustomed with manual mode in DSLR. It will give you option to adjust each small setting from Aperture, ISO, shutter speed, White Balance, focusing techniques , depth of field and many more. This way you will things will be clear for you and you will know how each setting affects the final image.
Along with all this fundamentals, also learn basics of composing shot (Rule of Third), change focus on fly and which setting to use at which situation.
You have the DSLR now and you do know the basics. Now start clicking tons of images and filter few best ones and get social media feedback or image contest. Don’t just shoot with Random setting or in automode. Try to click one single image with different settings and observe the difference among them. This will help you to select the best setting in different conditions.
Don’t upload your pictures on any unprofessional site. Try uploading your shots to Flickr, 500px and many more where you will be getting good feedback from rookie and professional photographers too.Another most important point is, Don’t get discouraged with negative comments and pump-up with positive comments. Utilize this negative comments and feedback to your own good.
A Little Bit Post-Processing :
There will be a time when you will shoot a picture of flowers and later you feel “Wish this yellow was little more saturated”, or in a landscape shot there could be a shadow in most part of the image due to dark clouds. You don’t want too much shadow which will make your photograph darker.
This is not a compulsory point, but yes these are the add-ons which will make your image more appealing and beautiful. For this you need to learn little bit of post-processing. Start with your in-camera “RE-TOUCH”option. Here you can saturate colors and selective color is also possible. Later you can jump on Lightroom and explore your editing skills.
But do remember, over editing or higher saturation can also eat the originality of image, so be careful while editing. You can select RAW file from DSLR to apply this effect.
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