5 Tips for the Beginner Photographer

5 Tips for the Beginner Photographer

Or … A Reminder for the Experienced!


Canon Camera - SX210

Canon Camera - SX210 - "The best little camera"

1. Beginner Photographer – Photo Tips

“Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment.”

It’s possible to get very nice photos with an inexpensive point and shoot.

The more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade.

Even your cell phone can take pictures!

2. Beginner Photographer – Better Photo Tips

“Consider a monopod.”


Monopod - Photography

Monopod - Self Standing - Manfrotto

TIPS: An inexpensive monopod is definitely worth buying  (especially if you have shaky hands like I do)

When I got this monopod, my photos really improved.

Story About my Monopod:

I saw a photographer who was using this great one.

I waited for him to get his shot, then walked over and introduced myself.

He gave me the name and number.  It had three little feet at the bottom for stability, which folded up inside.

We exchanged cards, and I left enthused.

That night, I received an email from “Carl” and we began to correspond.

Carl and I have remained friends, exchanging art and photo ideas weekly.

AND… I have a new friend and a GREAT monopod.

Meet Carl and his photos here. 

682B Self Standing Monopod with the handy addition of three retractable legs. The 682 is a black anodized aluminum three-section monopod featuring sure rubber grip, wrist carrying strap, quick action lever leg lock system with 45° flip, large 2.3″ camera/head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4-20″ – 3/8″ camera screw. Link to online sellers.

3. Photo Tips for Everyone.

“Keep your camera with you all the time.”

Photo ops often come when you least expect them.

TIPS: keep your equipment relatively simple – just a small camera bag and a monopod

Be ready to take advantage of some of those unexpected opportunities.

Or, if your phone has a camera, use it to take “notes” of scenes you’d like to return to with your regular camera.

4. Beginner Photographer – Photo Tips

“Experiment with your camera’s settings.”

Your point and shoot may be more flexible and powerful than you know.

TIPS: Read the manual to understand all those little symbols.

As you explore, try shooting your subjects with multiple settings to learn what effects you like.

When you’re looking at your photos on a computer, you can check the EXIF data (usually in the file’s properties) to recall the settings you used.

5. Photo Tips for Everyone.

“Take photos regularly.”

Try to photograph something every day.

If you can’t do that, make sure you take time to practice regularly, so you don’t forget what you’ve learned.

TIPS: Give yourself a weekly assignment. IDEA: This week I’ll photograph everything I see that is the color “red”

If you’re using a digital camera, the cost of  film is free. Go crazy – you might end up with something you really like.

You’ll certainly learn a lot in the process.

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