Top Photography Tips for Beginners and Beyond

Every beginning photographer needs to master a few concepts before he can start taking good photos. The most important among them are aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Knowing how each of these concepts affects the others distinguishes the occasional snapper from the aspiring photographer.

Top Photography Tips for Beginners and Beyond

Of course, even a perfectly exposed and sharp photograph can appear dull if its composition is not interesting. Mastering composition requires a great deal of learning and a lot of practice. Every starting photographer should first acquire some knowledge and inspiration from established artists and practitioners before coining up his own unique style.

But then, even with a trained eye and a perfect combination of ISO, aperture and shutter speed, we might not achieve the desired result if our gear is not good or suitable for our purpose. So knowing what camera body and what lens to use for each creative pursuit is a prerequisite for success.

Let’s say you’ve chosen the perfect gear setup (for you). You’re pretty aware of the basic composition rules and have used them numerous times in your work. You know what effects you can achieve with a big aperture or a slow shutter speed. Are you good to go?

Well, to a certain extent. You know the basics and if you make a mistake you can trace your steps back and see why it occurred. In fact, this is what I would recommend either – go outside, shoot and analyze. Learn from your mistakes. And repeat.

But then there are certain things that can save you a lot of time and nerves. I’ve collected many of these pieces of photographic wisdom under the category Photography Tips. These are things I’ve also learned from others or discovered myself in all my years of experience as a landscape photographer.

Shooting snowy scenes for example: do you know they present an extra challenge in terms of figuring out the right exposure? Or taking photos at low light – are you aware how to approach this situation in different photography genres? What makes photography difficult but also exciting are exactly those kinds of special circumstances that require extra thinking and some creativity.

My goal with this collection of articles is to give you the exact steps to tackling these more complicated photographic situations. Here you will find tons of advice on how to compose and/or expose your frames in such tricky circumstances. In addition, you will learn how to take proper care of your gear. You’ll also figure out what kind of camera and/or lens you need for your specific interests.

I’m more than eager to share my ideas on anything else you don’t see here. So if you need some tips you can’t find in this category or you just want to add something from your own experience, contact me. I’ll be glad to answer your questions on this website.

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Snow Photography Tips: How to Photograph and Edit Snowy Scenes

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Creating Depth in Landscape Photography: 5-Step Method

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Daytime Long Exposure Photography Without ND Filters

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Choosing the Best Camera for Landscape Photography

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Creating a Dark Blue Sky in Photoshop in Under One Minute

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