As you get into the field of Photography you will need to take an adequate amount of time to learn the ropes which is necessary if you intend to become an expert. Photographers with lower skill levels would greatly benefit from the following basic tips that over the years have worked for me:
· Build a Network with other Photographers– it is important to get into contact with individuals who have already established themselves in the field of photography. I personally did and managed to get a mentor who was able to share plenty of photography tips with me and showed me the ropes. Many accomplished photographers have websites or blogs where they regularly share their ideas and this is an easy way for beginners to access information from far-flung locations.
· Which is the most suitable Camera for you? – there are various types of cameras on the market therefore it is important to establish which particular make and model that you would prefer to use. If you choose a digital camera you will have to narrow down the list of models available and find out if they have the specifications that you require for your kind of photography. For instance I do a lot of nature photography, and for this I require a professional with quick response as well as a sufficient zoom lens for long shots. For general photography then you will require a camera with all-round performance.
Apart from camera specifications, another factor that comes to play is the size of camera. If you just want a portable device that you can carry in your pocket then point and shoot may be the better option; however, if you are they type of photographer that want the sizable device to grip, then the (D)SLR models may be a better option.
· Learn the lingo– the internet is a good resource for information related to photography and it can offer great insights into the jargon used by photographers. Getting to know the terms used makes you feel like part and parcel of the photography fraternity. When you get to know the meaning of vocabulary such as mega pixels and sensor noise, you will be able to sufficiently understand the world of photography.
· Make a budget– ensure that you earmark a certain amount of money for purchase of your camera as well as other accessories that will certainly be required over time. Ensure that you compare prices for the best bargains.
· Research on photography trends – ensure that you keep up to date with trends in the world of photography because technology and techniques are always changing. The internet is a good source for this kind of information including articles, e-guides, blogs and specialist websites.