Learning Photography - Beginnings
So you've decided learning photography
is something you'd like to do; perhaps in view of a career or simply to improve the shots you already take. You may even wish to broaden your ability with the creative side of photography. Perhaps you already have a the desire to be a specific kind of photographer, whatever the case, learning photography can be a roller-coaster ride
(in a good way).
I remember when I first started studying photography years and how confused the whole thing made me. I was already used to art and creativity, but what I wasn't used to was the technical side of things, that are involved in learning photography.
F.stop numbers, shutter speeds, focal lengths and so on. It all made my head spin. This was also the days before the internet was everywhere and information was more easily accessible. Luckily at photography college I had a great teacher, a seasoned professional with many years of experience.
Learning Photography – Tutorials
When I began
my teacher filled us all in on the history of photography, which some may not consider important, but it did then lead onto the more technical aspects and make up of a camera, and so therefore was totally relevant.
Perhaps not everyone who wants to take good shots, or even wants to be a photographer, needs this much background information, but a 'well-rounded' and professional photographer does, in my opinion. A deeper understanding of your skill and its background can only benefit you.
Learning Photography - Photography Schools & how to choose the right one
Photography Lessons 101
So what kind of things should you study when learning photography? Well, here are a tiny fraction, as an example, of a few things my teacher taught me:
Learning Digital Photography Possible Course Contents:
TheoryHistory and development of photographyCamera film and its development and properties (still relevant)The mechanics of an slr/dslr cameraHow an image is formed film/digitalaperture/Shutter speed/ISO interplay....
PracticeMotion photographyStill life photographyPortraitureMacro photography....
In truth, the list goes on and on, I've barely even made a dent with the above...
The subject matter in learning photography is extremely broad, but after the theory stage, practice is one of the most desired components, even if you're learning
online photography courses
Practice Makes Perfect With Photography
Digital Photography is a skill, and secondly, depending on your field of photography, an art form. Skills don't get better by simply reading about theory. Skills get better by putting theory into practice. No two people will get exactly the same results necessarily, and this is where it often becomes an art.
I do remember though, being rather misguided by the whole 'art' aspect of photography. I rather mistakenly thought that because a photograph was art, that meant that anything was ok.
My teacher pointed out that if I had deliberately tried for a certain effect then I could say so, but if it was just a one-off fluke, due to my lack of understanding as to how to use my camera, then that was a different matter.
(he already knew it was a one-off fluke, as he was looking at all my other totally different shots at the time.)
Just to make one thing clear for you when taking a photography tutorial, you need to be able to replicate specific results by following certain instructions, this then shows you have gained a competency in that specific area of digital photography; not mastered yet... just a basic competency.
Learning Photography Summarized
To sum up my advice to you when studying photography, I would say firstly, make sure you follow some clear instructions of the A+B= C variety.
Try various tutorials and compare your results with others where possible.
Learn a broad selection of types of photography, and gain at least a small measure of competency in them; no matter you are only interested in sports photography, it still pays to understand your medium thoroughly.
Even if it doesn't have a direct effect, it may very well have an indirect effect; such as helping you to understand the way your camera works for example.
Listen/Read + Understand + Do + Analyze/compare results
Leave out any of the above, and you're cheating yourself and missing the opportunity to improve. If you want to know more about Learning Photography or perhaps take a tutorial then click one of the links below:
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