If you are just starting out in the world of photography and are looking for some useful pointers to get you going, here are a few things that should help you.
Top tip number one, is to invest in yourself. This doesn’t mean investing in photography equipment, its means deciding how much time you want to put in to learning photography and how much effort you are willing to put into it. You need to decide whether you want to try an teach yourself, take an online courses or attend a local course. Workshops can be a good way to get started and they do not cost a fortune to attend, so this is something that you could consider. Maybe you are a bit more serious and would like to study for a degree in photography. Before you get started, it is wise to choose just how much time and money you are willing to put into learning the craft. the two most important things to learn are exposure and composition, so make sure that which every route you take, you pay particular attention to these.
Top tip number two is to decide how much you wish to invest in photography gear. Just because you may read articles where professional photographers say that you need to invest thousands of pounds in top of the range gear, as a beginner this may not be right for you. Shooting with a lower end camera can really help you to develop your skills, and you can get everything that you need to get started for under £500, including extra lenses. As you develop you will learn more about different lenses and you can always choose to upgrade you gear at a later date. Choosing which brand of camera to buy is a question of taste. Decide which make you prefer the look and feel of and stick with it. Nikon and Cannon are the two main manufacturers that many beginners opt for.
Top top three is deciding how to build up your photography portfolio. Many people say that you should never do any free work, but when you are getting started, it can be an effective method for building up a portfolio. After all, unless you have a portfolio you are unlikely to move on to getting paid work. Taking photos of friends and family is a great way to get started and you can work in a less stressful environment this way. As you learn you can move on to working with models who would like photos for their portfolio, as this is a mutually beneficial arrangement. Later on you can start charging a minimal fee and eventually work your way up to getting the price that your skills deserve. When you have a lot of images, you need to edit them down to a set of around 15 of the best per category, For example, choose 15 head shots, 15 landscapes and 15 group shots.
Top tip number four is to think carefully about how you want to brand and market your photography skills. When you are just starting out this can seems a little daunting but it is something that you should plan from the very start. Networking with other photographers is a good way to quickly pick up a lot of great advice and they may help you find your feet. Also, photography clubs can be another great source of advice and information.