Photography is a very accessible form of art. Anyone with a smartphone can get an amazing shotÂ if they take enough photos or if they happen to be in the right place at the right time. However, you can’t always rely on luck to get the shot. Learning composition, usingÂ your DSLR in manual mode, working with light, posing your models, and editing in post all increase your chances of taking photos that could rival a pro’s.
I have used DSLR cameras in the past, but only recently did I learn how to use manual mode properly, what the different lenses do, and how to get the most out of lighting. Although I wouldn’t call myself an experienced photographer, I do have a visual arts background (film school) and a good eye, so that helped when I used to half-ass it. If composition doesn’t come naturally to you, master the Rule of Thirds.
I’m still learning, and I have a long way to go before I can go pro, but I’m a lot more comfortable with the technical aspects of photography than I was last year. I had originally wanted to enrol in some local photography classes, but a package of classes costs over a grandâ€”money better spent on equipmentâ€”so I decided to hit the Internet for help. Skillshare and Youtube are places where I’ve learned the most. I also love Zanita’s fashion photography courses on Azalle (I’m a beta user), but it seems like the site is still in beta for now.
As promised in Part 1, here are many of the quick and simple online videos that have helped me learn the basics of photography, from shooting to editing.
Outdoor fashion photography
My next challenge is to shoot in aÂ studio. Got any tips or resources? Let me know in the comments below.
See Photography for Beginners Part 1 for the camera, lenses and equipment I use.
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