11 Tips to Kickstart Your Photography

Getting started with photography can be confusing and scary both at the same time. Photography is an art, and just like any other art form, it needs to be learnt and practised, thoroughly. Mugging up all the technicalities won't make you a photographer. However, it's equally important to know your camera in and out. Before kick-starting your journey as a photographer, there are certain things that will help you to ace your career in photography.

  1. Gather information

You can learn a lot when it comes to photography. Try to grasp as much knowledge as you can. Read photography magazines, talk to other photographers, watch YouTube videos. This will help you to explore your interest and broaden your understanding of photography as well.


  1. Know your inspiration and interest

It's important to know what your inspiration is. What is that one thing that really motivates you to take pictures? Do you like to capture people on the streets? Or are you into landscape photography? The possibilities are endless and it's you who should be aware of your driving force and your interests.

  1. Get the right gear 

Although photography is never about the equipment, if you're willing to pursue photography, it's essential to have the right gear with you. There are a huge variety of cameras and accessories available in the market, pick the one that suits your requirements and budget. 

  1. Photography is an expensive hobby

Once you start photography, you might want to buy a tripod, then a new lens or maybe a filter or flash. All this can be quite costly. Therefore, one should be aware of the cost they have to pay in the coming future. 

  1. Make use of the online free resources available 

There is ample amount of content available online, that too, for free. Utilize those resources to make the best use of them. However, it's always better to check multiple resources for the same problem, so that you have enough clarity.

  1. Don't stick to one type of photography

It is possible that you might like portrait photography over landscape photography. But the idea is to keep exploring the different genres and not stick with one type too soon. The more you explore, the more you will learn.

  1. Get out of the auto mode

It is understandable that as a beginner you are comfortable in using auto mode. Even so, getting out of your comfort zone is indispensable. Shooting in manual or semi - manual modes will give you more power and control over your photographs. It might get overwhelming in the beginning but it's worth all your efforts. 

  1. Learn the power of post-processing 

Post-processing is more than just putting presets or filters on your photographs. Post-processing is actually a very powerful tool that can enable you to bring out the best version of your photographs. It is essential to learn how to edit your photographs, at least you should know how to do the basic editing, if not manipulation. 

  1. Tell your story

Your photographs should tell your story. It is the best photo as long as you like it and you are able to reflect your thought process through it.  After all, photographs are the medium to mirror your approach and style. 

  1. Take it slow but be consistent

Many times it happens that you don't get your desired results and feel like giving up altogether. But remember that's not why you started. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, it will do more harm than good. Be consistent, devote an adequate amount of time and practice a lot!

  1.  Enjoy your journey 

Learning any artform is a journey, there's no destination. This is a journey where you will learn and unlearn each day. There will always be room for improvement, you will always feel there's a lot more to achieve. Stay at your own pace and keep challenging and surprising yourself. 

So if you are looking forward to having a bright career ahead in photography, keep in mind these little things. And always take out time to spend with your camera, get to know it better. Remember to be consistent and patient. 

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Written By - Utkarsha Ahirwar

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