Trial and error is not always the best way to learn something as complex and multi-faceted as photography. Learning the essentials of lighting, the use of different flashes and lenses, and the basics of how a camera works can go a long way to help you create better images.
Most cities have some form of photography courses available to the general public, so you will not have to sign up for a complete degree program. There also are digital photography courses available online. Some places offer both, such as JP Color’s photography classes for beginners.
These classes will teach you such basics as exposure, shutter speed, and aperture, which is already well beyond what is needed in today's point-and-shoot camera phone culture. You will learn about the parts of a camera, the different lenses, the effects of lighting, and how to use these factors to best frame a photograph. Then there are the different shooting modes, including automatic, programmed automatic, manual, and shutter and aperture priority.
In courses like the ones at JP Color’s, you will get the opportunity to practice what you learn under the guidance of knowledgeable professionals. They can give you shortcuts and tips that will help you take the best advantage of existing conditions and get the pictures right the first time you shoot them.
With the advent of digital photography, knowledge of computers and image software has become as much a requirement as knowing what lens to use. Again, getting help and guidance from professionals who have already dealt with various software programs currently available can save the photographer who is new to this a lot of time, money, and experimentation.
Following photo classes, courses normally break out into various specialties for specific kinds of photography. Theses could include outdoor and natural photography, wedding photography, sports and portrait photography.
Once you learn the basics, you will be more able to select the type of photography you may wish to specialize in. The science and art of photography, though, is best opened up to you with the help of the professional tutorials you will get from a photography class.
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This article was written by Laurie Maltos