Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Photography

One Year Later

One year ago I decided to start taking my photography seriously. Over this year, I have taken thousands of photographs in multiple countries around Europe. My hobby has developed into a passion.

Huntcliff: My First Landscape Photograph. Location: Marske, England.

After reading hundreds of books, blogs & articles, watching countless YouTube Videos and getting outside to practice shooting, I’m insanely pleased with how my photography has developed.

Huntcliff: One year later. Location: Saltburn, England.

I have a better understanding of how to use my camera. I can find my way around the settings, figure out what compositions will work and edit the photos to have the style I desire.

Here are the five things I wish I knew when starting out in photography and most of them also apply to filmmaking.

  1. Always have a point of focus in your landscapes. Just taking a photo of the view is not good enough, you need to have something prominent in your photo that is the subject, the rest will just add to the overall shot.
  2. You don’t need to shoot in manual when you are starting out, but don’t shoot in auto. Aperture Priority and Shutter priority are great ways to learn how your camera’s settings work together.
  3. Shoot every day. The more photos you can take, the better. With each one, try something new. It doesn’t matter if the photo turns out bad as you can learn from your mistakes.
  4. Take your time when editing your photos. Mess around with the settings and figure out what each one does. You will discover some amazing tools that can take your photos to the next level.
  5. Don’t worry about having cheap kit. While the expensive gear can be easy to obsess over, you can take great photos using beginner equipment. Get to grips with the basics, watch YouTube videos, read books, keep on learning. Make the expensive gear your ultimate goal. It’s nice to have, but it isn’t necessary.

I will have a video out soon going deeper into this topic.

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