You must learn basic photography. If you want to make successful photographs, that's where you begin.
As Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla states, you can't skip the fundamentals!
If you're unwilling to invest the time and energy into learning the basics, you're doomed to failure, and at best, mediocrity.
I know you're committed to learning and you have a burning desire to photograph nature's miracles.
I can teach you the basics but you have to do the work to learn basic photography skills and then commit to practice.
Did you know...
Mastering any discipline takes an average of 10,000 hours? Start today...
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great ~Zig Zigler
We have the most miraculous "cameras" built right in. Our eyes! This is where the photographic process begins... with seeing the world in a way the average person does not.
Our eyes and our camera lenses have similar roles. Their job is to see the scene.
But there's an huge difference in how the camera's sensor and the brain interpret that information.
No matter if your camera is digital or film - learn basic photography theory because it applies to both.
Granted, some cameras have more bells and whistles than others! But if you learn your basic photography skills, you'll be able to handle film or digital, and a simple or more complex camera. And just keep in mind that...
Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase.
- Percy W. Harris
An excellent photographer will make amazing photographs with a simple, inexpensive camera. But an incompetent photographer will always produce mediocre pictures no matter how extravagant his camera equipment.
Beauty can be seen in all things. Seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. ~ Matt Hardy
One of the best ways to learn photographic composition is to study some of Monet or Van Gogh's pieces. You'll pick up many ideas ... after all, photography is an art
They applied all of these tools to paint their magnificent canvasses. Use them, and your photos could be works of art, too!
My advice - start at #1. Spend a few days learning about Fibonacci and his Golden Ratio and then practice and play with it.
Take lots of photos, get them up on your computer screen and study them.
Join an online group where you can post your photos so other photographers can comment on them. Use their suggestions to improve your photos and always thank people whether you agree with their comments or not.
What do you do with your images? I hope you don't just store them up there in the cloud!
Right now I'm planning 12 images for my next calendar. I published the new year's calendar back in September.
I love seeing my favorite photos on my wall every day! How much do you think your family and best friends would give for a gift like that? Last New Year's, I gave out a dozen desk calendars to family and friends.
Exposure is how much light falls on the film or the digital sensor. Just like Goldilocks and the three bears, it has to be "just right"!
Most of the time, your camera's light meter is pretty well on target. It's pretty smart about how much light is right.
learn basic photography, exposure is critical. You have to know how to
"take over the reins" because in some scenes the light
can fool your meter. If you want to get
creative, you can't leave your exposure on auto.
Controlling exposure is absolutely critical to creating great photographs, so spend time getting a handle on it.
These are the Big Three, and they always work in sync to give you just the amount of light you need on your film or your sensor.
And when you learn basic photography, there's one VIC (very important concept) to understand that will help you achieve the best exposure for your photograph:
What are all these different camera modes? I admit they're a bit confusing, especially when you first learn basic photography principles.
Want your camera to run the whole show? Dial AUTO. But I want you to get beyond that!
Program mode gives you a more control... but when you want to get more creative, switch to shutter or aperture priority!
Then there's manual where you're in total control.
Get out your camera and dust off your manual. Let's look at the different camera modes and why you'd choose one over another...
Professional photographers don't always shoot on Manual.
To learn basic photography you need to know when to use the different camera modes and how to switch quickly between them.
There's a lot to learn about photography and making great images. Start with one topic and master it. I suggest exposure because it's the most critical concept to master and put into practice. And, yes...practice a lot!
And, carry your camera manual with you. I know how boring you find that book! But how can you master your camera if you know almost nothing about it?
Start to learn basic photography composition with the Golden Ratio. Work your way down the list. Move on only when you've totally got it.
Last, but definitely not least, get to know your camera like the back of your hand so you never miss that serendipitous shot.
And develop a Photography Workflow. You'll find mine here. It'll surprise you how much a consistent workflow will improve your photography.
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