Photography is again experiencing resurgence as people all over the world are beginning to get into either amateur or professional photography. Largely due to the strong production and marketing of the world’s leading camera and imaging companies, as well as the availability and marked popularity of point-and-shoot digital cameras, the world is one again getting smaller, one click at a time. With all of the technology and years of photography experience backing newbies, there is a wealth of information available on getting started in photography.
If you are about to get into photography and have no inkling of what it is like to start this as a serious hobby, you might be of the type of amateur photographer who takes pictures of his subjects head-on, close-up, paying no attention to the lighting or the detail of the shot. While this is understandable and can be considered a rookie mistake, please bear in mind that these are errors that you should not be repeating. Play around with the angles and the backgrounds if you can. Remember that angles can make or break a dramatic picture, as well as the composition of the lighting on your subject. Photography is, in itself, an art – you must understand that you are not simply taking pictures of how things are; you should be able to convey to your audience how you perceive the subject. You want to give the subject of your photographs life, make it move in still, make the photo come alive with each angle. As a beginner, however, you might want to go with purchasing a digital camera before buying a traditional film camera. The reason here is simple practicality – with digital cameras, you can review your shot on the fly, and adjust accordingly. Also, since everything is stored in a memory card, you can easily delete the pictures that you don’t like, and continue shooting until you get it right.
You can also consider enrolling in a few short courses in photography. Normally based in a classroom-setting, photography courses will be able to teach you the basics of photography, including a number of dos and don’ts that you can keep in mind when you are starting out. Another benefit of enrolling in a short course is that you will be able to interact with a number of other people who share the same passion for photography as you do. Meeting people who are also interested in your hobby can be a source of motivation for you. You can also get more tips on how to take the right shots from the people in your class—comparing notes is very helpful when learning something new. Be sure to inquire about any basic photography classes that may be available in your area. Later on, you will be able to build professional contacts through your class. Who knows, you might be able to generate a few clients for your photography by word of mouth! The idea is that networking goes a long way, and if in the long run you feel that this is something that you could turn into a worthwhile business, establishing the right business contacts and a steady stream of clientele will go a long way in starting and running your own business.