“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
― Eudora Welty
There is so much to know about cameras and photography. It will forever be a work in progress and there is always something new to learn. We have got some basics that will help you get your feet off the ground.
Get to know your camera.
Your camera has a lot of functions available so it’s best to read the manual and play around with the settings to get familiar with them. After you have the basics down then move on to the more complex functions. Every camera have different functionality and its best to refer to the user manuals or user forums to maximize the use of your camera.
Take a lot of photos.
The only way to learn is obviously to keep on experimenting with your new camera. Be not afraid to snap continuously on every subject you like as there may be different preferences for different people. Once you’ve done taking the photos, transfer them to the computer to get a better visual of the photographs you have taken and the settings you’ve used to take those pictures. Compare notes so that you learn from the photos you’ve taken.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Often photography can be an overwhelming and technical task. Trusting your gut can be a beginner’s best option. Photography is art and also an emotionally personal experience. If it feels right, it probably is.
The rule of thirds.
This rule is probably the most basic rule that any photographer should know. The premise of the rule of thirds is that you divide your camera’s frame into 9 equal parts; three row across, and three rows down. The theory is that the focal point of the photograph should fall along one of the lines or at an intersection. This rule is to help with basic composition and will also help the viewer’s eye travel around your photograph instead of being planted on one particular area.
Rule of Thirds
Learn from Photography Resources
The best way to learn is to reference with the professionals, and there are many freely available resource available on the internet. For a start, you can check out Phototuts+ which is a great resource for photography beginners. They provide basic tutorials on white balance, aperture, shutter speed, lighting and other more complex topics which are highly suitable for photography enthusiast.