So, you’re ready to ditch the phone for a proper camera? Here are some pointers to get you started.
1. Keep it simple in the equipment stakes. It’s human nature to want the biggest and the best but here’s no need to go out and spend up big straight off the bat. Buy a good entry level camera – these are easy to transport and handle and more importantly, you’ll learn faster on a basic model.
2. It’s time to learn. This is vitally important and the essence of success in capturing the right image that you have in your head. Understand what every setting on the camera is and how best to employ it in any given circumstance. Learn which aperture, ISO and shutter speeds deliver the best results. It’s even worth enrolling in a beginner’s photography class to get a good handle on the basics.
3. Practice makes perfect. In any field, the more you practice, the better you get. Take photos in the morning and at night. Try different styles of photography. The more you understand the process of taking photos, the better you will become.
4. Tripod essentials. Talk to a professional and they’ll tell you to use one whenever the opportunity presents itself. Tripods exponentially improve the stability of your camera and help you take much better photos.
5. Three’s your lucky number. The rule of thirds is an essential tool to learn for the fledgling photographer. Imagine your photo is dissected with two horizontal and two vertical lines forming a grid. Try to keep the subject of photo within the central line of imaginary grid – it will draw the eye of the viewer into the photo.