You already have chosen your equipments in digital photography, you already have decided what you want to do with it and what subjects to capture, but are these enough or do you want to learn more? So the question is where can I learn digital photography? In all honesty, with all those fast changing and upgrading camera models, and in demand clients, there are so many ways to learn digital photography. They can be free or paid. But you just have to really invest time for these. Below are some ways and sources for you to learn digital photography.
There are so many courses out there sold by real photographers, professionals, or photo enthusiasts for you to learn digital photography. Heck, I even know a course which you can get for less than $10. But of course you have to be vigilant about these ebooks or books. It doesn’t matter how much they sell it, it is the course itself that matters. You can do some research before you buy anything online so you can be sure that you do learn from that course.
One good idea for inexpensive lessons is to come up with a small group, look for a place that do not require any fees such as parks and is not out of town or too far for cheap commute, utilize the whole day, and talk to a great photographer who is willing to teach for free or small fee that you and your other buddies can share. I have seen some of my friends do this thing on a regular basis. They even hire models where they also spilt the fee.
And lastly, a no-brainer, where else can you get to learn digital photography but from photography classes. This can be expensive, but if you are willing to really learn, enroll in this kind of classes. There are even curriculum for this on selected universities. Do also some research in this and ask school registrars about their programs.
Photography is vast and it is an art. So learning it can be time consuming and sometimes expensive. But it is a hobby and also a profession. So what do you have to lose if you want to learn it? Digital photography is all about having eye for compelling images or strong desire to keep old memories in prints. Even if you lack certain skills in photography never worry since we have more than enough top photography schools in America where you can take photography lessons from the best the world can offer.
Top photography schools tend to give you historical background of photography which will enable you to have a sense of appreciation in the changes that the industry has gone through over the years. By the time you graduate from top schools you would have become an expert in handling different kinds of cameras and different photography equipments that are available to you.
Since the profession is highly lucrative and selling fast in an entertainment world, you are going to move from grass to grace with the knowledge of digital photography and become an international world class photographer.
Just because you aren’t going down the route of professional photography it doesn’t mean that you can’t take top photos like the pros. Any new piece of technology can be quite daunting to the newbie or amateur, but, not worry as there are a few simple steps that will get you going.
1. Get the feel of your camera
Before you open the manual or read any quick start guides play with the camera. Make sure that it is on automatic and shoot some photos. Get the feel of the camera. How the shutter button feels and how the camera sits in your hand. It’s going to be your photography companion for a while.
2. Read your manual
What you need to do is take a highlighter pen and start at the beginning of the manual and highlight all the section or chapter headings that you know and are competent with. Once you’ve done this you can start working through all the un-highlighted sections in order to understand the features or settings mentioned in those chapters. If it gets too technical go on to the next section and once you are familiar with that part of your camera highlight the section in the manual. When you have finished this exercise you will know what you need to get help with or read up about.
This is a logical exercise as you need to start at the beginning of the manual and try the different settings and work out how they affect the final image. Take for example white balance. This has no meaning to a non-photographer as it is something unique to digital and needs to be mastered. Shoot an image then change the various white balance settings and see what happens.
Unless an artist or a workman has an intimate knowledge of the tools of their trade they will never rise to a level of competence necessary to be skilled at what they do. You need to get to a level of being able to change settings with your eye glued to the viewfinder of your camera. Operate it in the dark. This may seem weird but photography is all about capturing a moment in a sliver of time and sometimes there just isn’t the time to think before changing a setting. It may seem a big task at first getting to know your camera, but as you learn digital photography it will form the foundation of all great images in your future. Practise makes perfect as the old adage goes so take the time and make the effort to practise. Happy shooting!