Every pro was once an amateur. Every expert was once a beginner. So dream big and start now.
Photography is an art. An art hard to master. But do it the right way, and you're one step closer to the goal.
I remember the first time picking up a camera, a point and shoot, and going down to a spot nearby my house trying to get a few decent pictures.
Did I get at least one decent-enough picture?
The old "me" would say "Sure did, bruh!" but the present "me" would laugh.
Mainly because the things I've learnt over the years have made me understand "Photography" better.
As anyone out there would think, photography is just getting a camera and clicking that shutter button. It isn't. There's much more to it.
Things like composition, lighting, post-processing have a very crucial role to play.
I started off photography during my college days and trust me when I say this "If you have that zeal, that eye for photography and to do something out-of-the-box then you do not need any photography school that you need to go to, to learn photography."
Though, a few would oppose, saying there are benefits of going to a photography school but not necessarily.
Everything and anything that you need is just a click away. Thanks to the advancement in technology.
Now, coming down to "How do I get started?" Here are a few tips:
1. YouTube n Chill!
That's the first thing to do. There are plenty of Youtube tutorials that can get you started.
I personally never thought there was so much to photography except for clicking that damn shutter button, call me "dumb", but when I did go to Youtube, I came across things like "Composition", "Rule of thirds" and what not? Like you follow rules just to click a picture? Never thought of that, son!
Go ahead, sit with your laptop or that smartphone that you have and start off learning things. But if you do have a DSLR that you own or a smartphone that comes with a manual mode, start by understanding how that works.
When I first got my hands on a DSLR and went to a comic-event to click pictures, all I did was adjust the focus and press that shutter.
Had I known there's something called Shutter speed, ISO and Aperture I could have saved the embarrassment when a fellow friend of mine said: "Reduce the ISO", and I was all like What? What the heck is ISO?
So take the advice before getting your hands on that.
2. Go out and take some damn pictures!
Obvious, right? You don't need to get all creative at first trying different angles and thinking this would give a completely different perspective to the picture.
Why you ask? Cause I did it and things didn't go any good for me.
Stick to those rules that you've learnt. Practice and practice till you get them right!
There will be times where you wouldn't even know if what you're doing is right but keep doing it anyway.
Eventually, you'll understand how to compose that damn picture.
Once you do, you will know that it is not always necessary to follow those rules. Break them, after all, they are meant to be, try something different, and you might come across something completely new.
Travel to a few locations, I mean not travel-travel but take a trip to that park nearby, or that monument in your city and get creative.
See what is it that drives you. Let it be portraits, landscapes or just street photography for that matter. Keep exploring. Try a ton of things before sticking to one and mastering it.
3. Post - Processing
I mean, what else can be more important than this? Just this, can take your well-lit composed image to an entirely new level. Period.
Software tools like Lightroom, Photoshop give you plenty of freedom to work with different tools and add that mood you intend for your pictures.
You're going to be terrible at editing at first and yet think it is amazing! Sorry, but it isn't!
Follow fellow photographers on Instagram.
Samuel Elkins, Alessio Albi, Dylan Furst to name a few.
I believe Instagram happens to be that one place for the majority of the photographers to showcase their work.
Observe and explore different styles, the mood you want to create in your pictures. It's not always necessary that you stick to one. But, the majority of them have a style of their own. You will eventually develop one too.
Attend photography workshops. Start learning about how lighting works.
At first, most of the practice would be in natural light, but as you step up your game in photography, you would need/have to work with flash, strobes, artificial light in general. And I believe lighting is that one thing, which if you do not get it right, can completely ruin a picture no matter how well composed the image is.
To conclude, there's a story we all want to tell and if photography is your way, the path you would want to take, then just take it and create something legen. .wait for it. .dary!
About the author:
Yonah is a Data Science student pursuing his Post-graduation Diploma from Great Lakes. Can be found writing something he thinks is "Deep" late nights and enjoys watching a lot of stand-up. Also, believes stand up to be a very effective way to address things that normally cannot be addressed.
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