As a photographer myself, I wished I had spent a little more time reading about tips and techniques when I started photography. Boxing day is only a few days away and for those of you who are looking to buy a new camera to start a new hobby, this post is for you. With this post, I want to provide tips for beginner photographers because it may make your life a little easier.

ALWAYS CARRY A CAMERA

Most of the photo opportunities come when you least expect it. When you have a camera in hand, it allows you to take a picture right away without having to go through all the trouble of getting the camera out. What I usually do is, hang my camera to the side or the back. Sometimes leaving it hang in the front can get in the way of doing things, however, by having it to the side or the back, you can swing it to the front easily and fast.

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DON’T INVEST IN EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT RIGHT AWAY

For beginner photographers, I strongly recommend not buying the most expensive equipment right away. The first thing you should do is learn about the different shooting modes and the elements that gather light. Don’t expect and believe that only an expensive camera can take beautiful photographs. Start with an entry-level DSLR camera.

DO INVEST IN A TRIPOD

Sometimes in order to take beautiful pictures, you will need to use a tripod. Save some money and buy a light and compact tripod. By having a light and compact tripod, it will make your travels easier. An example where a tripod is needed are, waterfall pictures. Without a tripod, taking silky waterfall pictures will become impossible.

PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING

It is important to know and understand that sometimes the simplest object can make beautiful images. Don’t be afraid and embarrass to photograph everything you see.

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TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES

Try to take pictures everyday. By taking pictures regularly, you are practicing and making sure that you didn’t forget what you had learned. It is all part of the learning process. Try to pick a new subject that you like each week.