October 14, 2022

My Top 5 Photography Tips for Beginners

Amy Wren

When I first got into photography I was absolutely obsessed. I still am obsessed but back then it was next level. I took my camera with me everywhere, I was determined to learn absolutely everything there is to know about photography and didn’t stop shooting for those first few years. Most of the photos were terrible, but I learnt a lot. I often get asked where do I start?

If you are interested in becoming a professional or just want to start dabbling, here are my top 5 photography tips for beginners.

  1. Try to learn about your camera as much as you can.

    Cameras can be complex objects to handle – still, it is not impossible to learn all about them. In essence, you need to know basic details about the shutter speed, file formats, focus area and settings, ISO, and aperture. In time, you will gradually expand your knowledge, so there is no pressure to learn it all at once! Knowledge comes with practice – the only thing you need is will. I recommend taking your camera with you everywhere you go and shoot whatever inspires you.

  2. Understand the power of the lenses

    They can seem like a significant investment (especially for a beginner). Still, more often than not, lenses are a great, much-needed addition. You can even borrow someone’s lens at first because you need to spend some time checking to see what it does.

  3. Think about post-production

    I recommend learning about your camera and how to shoot in different types of light first then learn about how to ‘fix’ things in post. It’s best to do most of the work in the camera to save yourself time on editing. I suggest always shooting in RAW and spending time noticing where you need to improve.

  4. Hang out with photographers

    One of the best photography tips is – if you are a beginner, listen to the advice of a professional. They can help you instantly get all the tips and tricks and broaden your horizons with plenty of helpful information.

  5. It’s just you and the camera

    Last but not least, the essential photography tip is to practice, practice, practice! Go out on your own and experiment with light, subjects, and colour as much as possible.

If you want to learn some creative exercises I use to get inspired I have a FREE workbook I put together with heaps of exercises and tips that will help you get started on your photography journey. Download HERE. I hope that my photography tips have made you want to pick your camera up and start creating magic!