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Photography is very popular not only because it is easy to get started in, but also there is a ton of creativity available to express yourself. Much more complex than the point and click cameras most people use, professional photography has an extensive amount of options that shape your pictures. We recommend you read a little about photography and then if still interested buy a beginners camera and a beginners book to start experimenting. Once you have a camera there are hundreds of tips and tricks available in the below articles to help you on your way.

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

Use the white subtabs above to navigate the other Photography resources. We have a Photography forum where you can get your questions & doubts answered, a page with Photography how-to videos, a page with the best handpicked links to other sites, and a page with the best Photography books and products.

Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Intro


Photography is a hobby that just about anyone can take up regardless of age. Practically everyone owns a camera these days. Considering that there are different kinds of cameras available in the market, this is a hobby that is accessible to anyone who is interested. Getting started is not difficult. Probably the only really tough part is to decide what kind of photography you would like to focus on – while some people enjoy landscape photography, some specialize in portraits and some love children, nature and wildlife photography.




Most aspiring photographers wistfully look at professional photographers’ magazines and journals wondering whether they can ever take pictures like those. Much of photography involves experimentation. The best part is, you do not need an expensive camera to indulge in photography as a hobby. In fact, these days with digital cameras, you don’t even have to spend thousands to print your pictures to see how they turned out. All you have to get is a decent camera, take as many pictures as you want and upload them to your computer to see how they look. Also you can make several adjustments to get the picture just the way you want it. So where do you begin once you decide that you want to take up photography as a hobby?




Get Started


As we said earlier, you do not need the most expensive camera to take good pictures. Ask any experienced photographer. And here’s a secret you must know – more than the camera, it is the photographer who clicks fantastic pictures. Some basic knowledge of how to expose a picture, how to focus and how to get the right angle is more important than the best camera.




It is best to get started with one of those aim and shoot cameras, which can be upgraded with attachments like telephoto, wide angle lens and macro at no major cost. While there are plenty of traditional and digital cameras available, you must go with the one that you feel the most comfortable with, within your budget. Do a little research in terms of different types of cameras by visiting the stores and getting a feel of the cameras you like. There are excellent brands to choose from – Sony, Canon, Kodak, Casio, HP, Fuji, Minolta, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus – the choice is yours. These brands have models suitable for different budgets, experience levels and needs. The Internet is full of excellent resources on the topic and at the end of this article we will share the best ones with you. You will want to know how to choose the camera that is right for you, where to buy it, the kind of accessories you need, kinds of software in the market and how to print your photos when you want them.


 




Learn The Basics Of Photography


Getting a good camera does not guarantee fantastic pictures. It is best to equip yourself with some knowledge of the basic rules in photography. This can be done with books, videos and by talking to professional photographers. Get to know about how to compose, how to expose, shutter speed and camera settings, f numbers, zoom lens, techniques like getting the right lighting, using flash, etc. You can have great fun experimenting. Many people have an instinctive feel for the right time to click a photograph. But there are people who learn and go on to become great photographers. There are several online photography courses that teach you through virtual interactive lessons.




Ultimately, you will become a good photographer only by going out there and shooting pictures. Here are some tips that will help you develop your photography skills.




- Make sure you always carry your camera. Why miss some wonderful pictures simply because you forgot to bring your camera?




- Get really familiar with your camera. Try out all the features it has, several times over. You don’t want to fumble when it comes to figuring out what that sign on your camera means when there is a really exclusive shot waiting to be taken.




- The more pictures you shoot, the better you get. This is easier with a digital camera as the number of photos you can take is unlimited. Take several pictures of the same thing from different angles. Apart from preserving your memories, it helps you analyze how you can improve. By critiquing your own pictures you can figure out how it could be better composed. Watch for flaws and learn from them.




- Even if you have learned the basics of photography, you must still respect your instincts for the right angle when you click a picture.




- Always back up your work. Each picture you click is an original – and who knows – a masterpiece. The first thing you want to do is back up all your pictures.




It is important to interact with other photographers. The best way to do this is to become a part of online forums and camera clubs. Browse around and you will find plenty of excellent groups that eat, sleep and breathe photography. These forum members are usually more than ready to answer any queries or doubts you might have related to the subject. It is a good idea to become a member of a group whose interests are similar to yours. You will find a wealth of information in terms of tutorials, tips on improving your techniques, equipment reviews and so on.




One of the things about photography is that as a learner you must be prepared to face a variety of reactions. At the same time photography is a matter of personal perception. The best thing to do is to heed constructive criticism and use it to help you become a better photographer.




This information is only aimed at getting you started. For more information and tips to help you develop your photography skills, do visit the following website and watch the instructional videos and excellent books on photography that cover it in depth. You will find that the videos are great at teaching since you can see professional photographers teach you their techniques and tricks. There are valuable links that can tell you all that you want to know about photography. Get bitten by the shutterbug and enjoy yourself!