21 tips for beginners to becoming better photographers

How to become a better photographer

  1. get a decent digital SLR body
  2. get a “fast” 50 mm lens something with an aperture of  f 1.8
  3. get a decent flash with an off-camera sync cord
  4. learn how to use Adobe Lightroom, add Photoshop Elements or the full version Photoshop as your interest develops
  5. shoot both camera and flash on manual
  6. open pictures in photoshop study pictures at 100% for focus accuracy
  7. study your pictures metadata when your picture doesn’t work
  8. visit the myriad online photography websites like strobist.com, cambrideincolour.com, digitalphotographyschool.com, bookmark them
  9. a great tip from good friend Rigo, find a photo you love and try to emulate it whether it’s a pose in a portrait or the lighting. Imitation is the highest form of flattery?
  10. get to know a professional mentor
  11. enter photography contests
  12. invest in good professional level equipment especially lenses
  13. study visual publications like National Geographic, Conde© Nast Traveller
  14. keep a notebook of clippings of your favorite pictures
  15. if you’re shooting digital, learn the ins and outs of your computer’s operating system
  16. pay attention to lighting in the natural world
  17. take photography seminars and classes
  18. have your camera with you at all times
  19. take pictures daily
  20. be humble about your abilities
  21. be willing to share what you know without bragging

2 thoughts on “21 tips for beginners to becoming better photographers”

  1. Thanks Rigo! That is a great tip. I’ve added it to the list. I’m bumping it up in the order of course.
    Trial and error is infinitely easier with digital because of the instant feedback.

  2. Great tips Peter!

    One tip that I’d like to pass on is this: Find a photo that you absolutely love and try to emulate the photo. Whether it be lighting a model indoors or finding the perfect light outside, taking your time and experimenting with light is a great boost in the right direction. For me trial and error is a great learning tool.

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