Photography: How to get started?

There is something about photography that when we see a nice photo we kinda get an itch to start taking pictures, but then we talk ourselves out because, expensive equipment, plus lots of editing time usually comes to mind. But nothing can be further away from the actual truth. Creativity, good lighting and just the right equipment can go a long way when creating a good picture.

So read along this mini guide to help you decide if you really need to splurge on that wide angle you´ve had on your wish list for months and let us help you get started on the amazing path to produce good photography.

CAMERA: Of course the first thing we need to discuss is the kind of camera that you need. If this is the first camera you are getting, an entry-level DSLR is your best option.  These are not as expensive as mirrorless options tend to be, so you can dip your toes into the world of photography without spending too much. DSLR cameras are great for learning, as they offer manual controls and plenty of complex features to tinker with. Furthermore, you can grow with them. Both the body and lenses can be easily upgraded at any time whenever you feel you are ready to take the next step.

LENSES: Good quality lenses are expensive but they are definitely worth it bceause this is the one piece of equipment that can make or break a photograph, so basically if you are looking to shell out more cash on just one piece of equipment, this is definetely it. A good lense will improve the quality of your picture more than an advanced camera body. Furthermore, lenses can usually be taken from camera to camera as you upgrade, so you never lose the initial investment. And when you are ready to let go of a good lens, it tends to keep its value, meaning you can sell it without losing much money. So go on, splurge!

TRIPOD: This one might not sound essential for beginners but being able to keep your camera stable is crucial for certain types of photographs. The downside is that they thend to be bulky and can take a while to set up, but do keep in mind that your body and hands are not always steady enough to take certain shots like longer exposure photographs, dark setting photographs or motion.

LIGHTS: Photography is all about capturing lights but sometimes there just isn’ t enough of it. Learning to use artificial ighting to your advantage is important. What kind of light you use will depend on your shooting needs, habits, editing style, and other factors. In fact, some of you may want to avoid artificial lighting altogether. But keep in mind it is something you will have to master in order to take that perfect shot.

PHOTOGRAPHY SOFTWARE: Taking a good photo is only half the battle, making editing the second half. Images are usually perfected in post-processing, making editing programs important photography essentials. This is when you can correct any mistakes you have made. Cropping, cloning, fixing exposure, correcting white balance, and manipulating colors are only some of the things you can do in post-processing.

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There are other helpful accessories that you might want to get, but if you are trying to keep it simple to start, I’d say this is a good list to get you there. You will soon start discovering your personal preferences and needs and you will find this list magically grows.

Most important have fun learning and experimenting with your equipment and all the tools available out there and you will be shooting like a pro in no time!

Thanks for reading!