Ever since I became a photographer I have tons of people asking me questions about how to take the best photo, posing, lighting, camera settings etc. I’ve jotted down a few beginner tips and hope they help you as much as they helped me.
#1 READ YOUR MANUAL!!!! This was the BEST advice I’ve ever been given. So many people fail to realize what they are looking for is right there in the manual, almost everything you can think of is going to be in there. What I like to do is re-read the mode dial functions with my camera by my side; as soon as I finish reading I play with those settings.
#2 YOUTUBE is your friend! For those of us who are too busy to read or your like me and you like to see what to do rather than read it. I’ve used it for lighting tips, posing tips, working with newborns and much more!
#3 Your family and friends are your models don’t be afraid to use them! I’ve been taking photos since I was a teenager and ever since then I’ve been using my family and friends. They are going to be your best critics because they have no reason not to be honest with you, if my picture needed some work I can always count on my husband and brother to tell me the truth and that makes me a better photographer.
#4 Take classes; they are all over the place, so many photographers teach classes in the northern VA and DC area and they are easy to find. I typically take classes with the Capital Photography Center , they are affordable and very beneficial to any up and coming photographer!!
#5 Don’t overwhelm yourself we’ve all taken on more then we can handle at one point and time but know your limits when it comes to photography. You don’t want to be in charge of photographing someone’s wedding then something goes wrong, you weren’t ready, now you have an upset bride telling anyone who will listen how you were the worst photographer ever and there goes your credibility. So take your time and be patient, great photographers don’t happen overnight 😉
My first camera, Canon EOS 50D
My new baby, the Canon EOS 60D 😀