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. The point of telling a story is especially important. For me, the ability and willingness to think and visualize what you want to capture even before lifting your camera has been the most difficult to practice, esp. when you are not a professional and not always in control of the situation and time.

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    1. I agree with you. It is a difficult skill to learn, just like any other. Mostly because we’re so used to a rushed world. Visualising what you want to capture takes time and patience. It forces us to slow down and to look carefully at what we want to capture and the story we want to tell. That’s what makes it such a wonderful meditation as well. And at the end of the day, you can share your work with people who will appreciate it, and that is just one of the best feelings ever ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. loved “tell a story” and “keep it simple” wow…profound but brilliant, that’s what I aim to do with my writing so i so resonate with this….and oh yes, i just love telling stories, who knows maybe someday we can collab on photo-stories….

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  3. Awesome post! I totally like how you mentioned to take it all in before taking a picture. At times, I feel that we get too stressed about getting that perfect shot that we miss out on the beauty around us

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    1. Just to double-check that everything works.
      Battery is in there and full. Memory card is in. Lens is working fine. Don’t want to get to your location and then only realise that you forgot something or something is not working properly.

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