Words by Emma Kay
Learning photography and becoming good at it is never going to be an easy ride. But with the right method, you can make your learning quicker and easier. Here are our top five ways to learn photography:
It may seem obvious, but the more practice you get and the more you experiment, the better you will get at both taking good pictures and handling your camera and its modes quickly and effectively. Get out there and photograph anything and everything to get a wider knowledge of what works where.
2. Online Tutorials
Some of these are free and can be handy if you are looking to learn about one specific thing quickly and cheaply. ePHOTOzine's brimming with tutorials that cover everything from beginner's tips to post production. We also have a team of photographers and industry experts willing to write techniques for us, giving you ample tips all for free!
3. Friends and Family
If you have a friend or family member that is into photography, why not see if they will give you a few tutorials? That way, you are getting practical, hands-on experience with someone knowledgeable to guide you through it. You can ask them questions, something that you can't do with a guide book, no matter how comprehensive. You could even ask the none-photographers in your life to share their opinions and try and persuade them to go with you on your photography trips as unlike another photographer, they won't always have their eye looking through a viewfinder so can watch your stuff, as well as you, and they may even spot something worth photographing you miss.
4. Guide Books
There are plenty of photography books out there, many you'll find in ePHOTOzine's book review section, offering tips and tricks to help you improve your photography. They're good for slipping into your camera bag when on a trip and some are now available on tablet devices as well as mobile phones, meaning you can always have them in your pocket.
If you're wanting to learn more about photography kit, try to find one specifically for your camera – then it will be a lot easier to follow what it is telling you to do. It will also mean that the book doesn't talk about something that your camera isn't capable of doing.
Don't overlook reading your camera's manual either as even though some of them do look a little boring, they do have lots of useful pieces of information tucked away in them.
5. Learning From Photographers
We aren't saying go out there and copy someone's style of photography but you can learn a lot by taking the time to really look at other people's work. Look at various pieces of work and see if there are a few similar styles that really interest you then take what you've learnt and put it into practice.
If you're really interested in something in particular but can't figure out how to do it you could always ask, they can only say no! Although on sites such as ePHOTOzine, there are many photographers who are more than happy to help you improve your technique.
Try asking for critique, criticism and advice on your shots. ePHOTOzine has a Critique Gallery that features images that have been posted by members who would appreciate constructive comments. It gives beginners and also more advanced users, a zone that's specifically tailored to learning.