26 Jan Start Simple

Source: Olafs Photoblog

From time to time I come across a willing new photographer who has just bought his first camera and is looking for advice on where to start. Unfortunately, quite often a broad request such as “What I should do first?” is often directed at social media. It should not come as a surprise that we are all eager to help, regardless of our knowledge or expertise. After all, photography can’t be that hard, can it?

However, some communal advice I encounter wakes up the worst of my human instincts. Calm down Olaf, no need to go berserk!

Today, I am not going to write a long, in-depth article but let me share some simple advice for those of you who have bought your first camera and don’t have a clue what to do next.

No, your first step should not be learning Photoshop! No, you should not worry about sharpening settings! No, you don’t need all those accessories everyone is trying to sell you. No, you don’t need this $500 camera bag to impress your friends.

Here is what you should do.

Yes, read the manual. Yes, get to know your camera. Yes, read about shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation. Yes, read tons of photographic, non-technical books.

Most importantly, find a small city plaza, street corner or a sport park near your home. Take your new camera with you and visit the same location daily or as often as you can.

Observe the light throughout the day and see

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