A great starting place that has the best all-around introduction to photography for any camera. Intuitive descriptions of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focal length, and how to make them work for you.
If you want to learn how to capture people’s attention, read Valenzuela’s book. Some people say it’s been the best advice for them. Roberto is a wedding photographer, but his techniques apply to all photography genres.
In terms of master classes, these are paid events, in which professionals show and tell you what they think you should know.
Or you can register at some good digital photography for beginners course.
It’s absolutely possible to find master classes around your most desired photography direction: for example, if you want to learn about wedding, landscape, travel photography and so forth.
Now, learning is good but action is better.
Theory alone is not enough. Once you learned something from the master class you attended (or books you’ve read), go out and apply your newly-gained knowledge in practice.
This way, through the books and the courses created for beginners, you will improve your photography skills.
5. Take Photos. Take More Photos. Take Even More Photos!
When you understand the camera instructions and understand how the modes work in your camera, you will need practice.
Lots of practice to learn to take really good photos.
Professional photographers often talk about a number of 500,000 photographs. That’s a lot (and it’s good). On average, experienced pros take about 20-30K photos a year.
Of course, the 500k number is relative, but you can absolutely use it as your approximate point.
So, when reading books and attending master classes, don’t forget that the most important thing is practice!
Photography School – Is It Worth It?
Photography school is the last point that I wanted to talk about today.
There are polarized opposite opinions on this topic: some believe that it’s worth going to the photography school, others say it’s useless.
Let’s take a closer look at this issue.
What Are the Real Advantages of Photography?
In the school, you will be taught about what you really need to know about the shooting process, camera modes and other basic aspects.
Ideally, the teachers will teach you quickly and without superfluous deviations.
But the main advantage is practical training.
I mean, there HAS to be hands-on experience at a photo-school, that’s for sure.
Don’t go to one where you are only taught a theory, but apply your knowledge in practice only at home, and then show the result to your teacher and being “evaluated” in such manner.
Now, the disadvantages of the photo schools can be the following: average photographers as your “photography teachers”, and, of course, the cost.
Usually the price that you pay for photography lessons is pretty high.
In the end, if you find a good photography course with a lot of practical exercises, which is led by a great, experienced photographer, then you can sign up, (provided that you are ready to spend your money and time for it).
If you do not want to spend money, then read the points above.
Their implementation may be enough to improve your photography skills and make you understand how to be a better photographer.
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