10 Photography Tips for Beginners

Here are a few photography tips I’ve learned and use.

1) Check your gear before leaving.

Imagine driving for 30 minutes to a location, seeing everything looks beautiful and you can’t wait to start shooting. When you switch on the camera, nothing is happening. Now you might wonder if you charged the battery? Upon opening the camera you see there isn’t even a battery in there! It’s still on charge at home.

This has happened to me. Twice.

Now, every time before I leave, I take a test picture just to make sure everything is working.

2) Charge your battery after every use.

I learned this the hard way. There were a few times where I went out to shoot with only half a battery because I forgot to charge it.

(If you can, buy 2 batteries.)

3) Before taking pictures/videos, check your camera settings.

I’ve taken pictures with a high ISO in broad daylight. This will definitely mess up the quality of your image. Now, before I even take the picture I go through all the settings to make sure everything is perfectly set up for what I want to shoot.

4) Rule of thirds

I only use it as a guide. Rules are made to be broken. Don’t allow it to place you in a box.

5) Take it all in before shooting.

I take a moment to collect the environment and what I’m going to shoot. Whether it’s a person, nature or an urban setting. I do it to ground myself and get my head in the right creative space, but also to relax and not feel pressured to take ‘good’ pictures. I want to capture my environment for what it is, and that can only happen when my mind is at ease.

6) It’s not about the gear it’s how you use it.

(A very common sentence on this blog that’s turning into a motto.)

7) Tell a story.

Like a painting or a poem.

8) Keep it simple.

Don’t overthink it. I’ve been guilty of this too many times.

I am sometimes amazed by the pictures my friends can take, even though they don’t own a camera or “don’t have any photography skills”.

Photography isn’t a skill, it’s an art.

I’ve learned from my friends to not allow all the technicality to cloud my creativity and just to allow it to be simple.

9) Perspective

When taking a picture of something, take a knee, sit down or even lie on your stomach. You might be surprised by how this small action can drastically change your pictures.

10) Stay original. Stay different. 

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  1. Oh my goodness! a tremendous article dude. Thank you Nevertheless I am experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting an identical rss drawback? Anyone who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx


  2. Thanks for your list. I too agree with 1 and 2. I have taken a tripod out with me but forgotten to refit my L bar to my camera after charging a battery. I’ve also forgotten to replace an SD card that I’d left in my desktop to post process some photos. Fortunately I had a couple of spares. Can I add the importance of looking where the light is coming from and having a walk around to check the best viewpoint. Finally, check that lenses and filters are clean before pressing the shutter button.


  3. I shoot everything in manual. You tend to learn your camera better that way. But then I started learning back in the early 70s’ with film cameras. Like 1970 to be exact. I also shoot in RAW with my digital cameras then edit all my pics with photoshop. Usually don’t need much editing. Maybe just tweak a setting or two and sharpen a little more then done.


    1. That’s very true. Shooting in manual can open up a new world, because there are very few limitations. The biggest limitation is our imagination. It can be overwhelming in the beginning, but with time and by playing around, we learn the ins and outs of our camera.

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  4. Hi Hannes! Great reminders!! Boy, I can sure identify with #1 & #2–the “greatest photo I never got” was years ago on a storm-cloudy day in Paris, when a shaft of sunlight opened up onto the face of Notre Dame Cathedral…and a rainbow appeared overhead! I raised my camera to shoot…and the batteries were dead. 😦 At least the image is etched in my memory!! Have a great photo day!


  5. The latest glitch I have learned the hard way. Review the photo after you take it to be sure your memory stick is engaged. Seems when I install the charged battery, my finger bumps the stick and it pops up. Hmmm. Stay well.

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