Nowadays we are all photographers. Well, we all possess the tools (via our smartphones), but certainly most of us lack the skills. And yet, learning the basics of photography can allow you to appreciate photography all the more, help you take on-the-spot photos for your business, and discern between a good professional photographer and a great one (when hiring one).
Photography is both an art and a technical skill. The art side of it does not come easily, though anyone can learn the technical side; the question is how to make photography as much of an art as possible - because that's what makes your photos stand out from the rest.
The art of photography can be learned by the student, but more often than not, art comes from practice. When you are taking your first few photographs, it is important to have someone to give you the direction and motivation. The first step to take would be to decide on the subject. This can be a subject of your choice, or you can ask one of your friends for inspiration. There are different techniques that can help you take the first shots.
First of all, when you are taking a photo of something that is new to you, do not be too discerning with the number of shot you can take. Ensure your device is capturing high-resolution shots, and click away. Take as many shots as you can. Take several shots of different angles and try to capture your subject's perspective.
The next and most interesting part of photography is studying it as a technical discipline. There are many resources online that are going to be a great help for you. One way to do this is to search for some of the best galleries online and see how other photographers capture their subjects. Also try the library or at the local bookstore to read up on technical advice. Look at each photo you have taken and study it. Not only will you learn how to take good photos, but you will be able to analyze the subject and tell which shots were good and which ones were bad. You should also make time to go through the prints of your favorites. Compare them side by side with your print. Read the descriptions of the photographs and know exactly what you want to do with your pictures.
Once you have your prints, the best time to examine them is when you are looking through your collection of pictures as a whole. These may be in a scrapbook or framed on the wall, but you want to examine your pictures as much as possible. A nice way to do this is to take them out and look at them from various angles. This is the time you REALLY judge your work. You can learn from your mistakes this way, and improve your photos over time.
These are some of the steps that you should take to start with a new technique. Remember, practice makes perfect and it is so much easier when you are making a picture that you enjoy. Just remember that every good photograph starts with a great subject that you're passionate about. Once you have taken a few shots, you will be able to find one that you love and then share it with others.
It will also help you discern between good and great photographers, should you hire professionals for your business. Article kindly provided by photo8.co.uk