Photography in the art world can be quite a challenge, and can require years of training, even if you have a knack for it. This is not saying that you have to be born to be a photographer, just that you will need to keep an open mind and learn many different techniques until you find what works for you.
Use photo manipulation programs to create images that would have been impossible with ordinary film only, including those that resemble watercolors, pencil sketches, and oil paintings. There are various image editing software for digital photos, but the program Adobe Photoshop, is pretty much the industry standard. Converting your pictures into works of art is just a few clicks away.
If you are thinking about becoming a photographer for real, you will need the dSLR. Digital single-lens reflex cameras are the ideal way to view your subject just after you take the photograph. The largest image sensors are available in the full frame DSLR, which gives you the highest level of detail to your exposures.
Here’s a great photography tip! Learn the basics about different types of shutter speeds. Your camera actually has A,M,S and P settings. P is for program mode. When you apply this setting it means you camera is fully automatic, so it sets things like shutter speed and aperture for you. If you are less than professional, this is often the best setting.
If you plan to travel, make sure to pack any photography equipment thoughtfully. Bring all lenses that you think you will possibly use, plus a few extra batteries and cleaning tools. Never bring more equipment than you will need, and plan accordingly for convenience of transport.
Taking photos with a like-minded photographer or joining a photography group are both ideas to consider. You can learn from other people, as long as you don’t allow their style to influence your work. Do a side-by-side comparison of pictures taken of the same object to see how different people view the same object.
Photography isn’t an arcane art that only a select few can master. Get more experience by continuing to take pictures. One of the great benefits of digital photography is that it is very easy to sort through images you want to keep, and discard the rest. Your proficiency will improve as you analyze your shots to see what you could have done differently if you could take the picture again.
Learn composition and that less is much more with photographs. Avoid cluttering the composition of your shots with unnecessary elements. When photographing people, try to take shots that your subjects aren’t aware of.
Before traveling to some new area, find out about what interesting or unusual sights you should try to get a shot of. Go look at postcard racks to get some ideas. There are also postcards highlighting the major attractions in town, so make sure you include these on your subject list.
By now you realize that you can become a great photographer and enjoy a great career that you won’t find in other fields. Taking pictures isn’t just pointing and then clicking. Photography is all about immortalizing the art that exists in the world by capturing one moment at a time.