Photography Tips For Beginners – Avoid These Costly Mistakes

As a beginner, it can be easy to make mistakes. However, with the simple photography tips for beginners I’m just about to share with you, you should at least be somewhat safe.

#1 – Protect your camera’s sensor

The sensor is the most fragile and sensitive part of your camera and should be protected as best as possible. Avoid getting dust on the sensor and in the camera body.

This is most important to remember when you change lenses. Try to mostly change lenses indoors. Be quick and don’t leave your camera body and sensor exposed for too long. If you have to change lenses when you’re outside, face the camera body down. That way dust can’t fly into the camera.

#2 – Getting blurred pictures?

Increase the shutter speed. When you use a long shutter speed, it’s extremely difficult to hold your camera steady enough to shoot with shutter speeds slower than about 1/50 handheld. If the picture gets too dark, open the aperture more. If the picture is still too dark, you can increase the ISO (but try to keep the ISO low).

#3 – Buy large enough camera bag

When you start out, you might be happy with the lens you got and only need a small camera bag. However, as you become a better photographer, you want more lenses. My recommendation would be to get a bag that can hold your camera and 3 lenses. This will usually be enough for the average photographer.

#4 – Learn what RAW is and how to get the most out of it

RAW is a file format that saves all the information from the camera’s sensor. This is more information than what is visible on the screen.

What this means is that you can load a RAW picture into the computer and often be able to save wrongly exposed picture and correct the white balance. This is extremely useful for beginners, as you are very likely to make these mistakes in the start.

#5 – Experiment!

The best way to learn how to use your camera is to simply experiment with different settings and see what happens. Try to take the same picture with a high and low aperture and see what happens. Try to experiment with shutter speed when shooting moving objects.

#6 – Always prefocus

The camera needs a few moments to adjust the focus. It’s a good idea to always push the shutter button halfway down, let the camera focus, adjust the composition and then fully push down the shutter button.

#7 – Use your camera manual

I’m not a big fan of manuals, but you want to always keep your camera manual handy when you first start out. I’ve sometimes spent a long time looking for how to do a specific thing on the camera and then looked it up in the manual and found the solution in no time.

#8 – Protect your lenses with a UV filter

Even though most lenses are made from high quality glass that doesn’t scratch very easily, you don’t want your lens ruined by a big scratch in the middle of it.

Buy a UV-filter for all of your lenses. It only costs a fraction of what you paid for the lens and is easily replaceable if you scratch it. Also, make sure you get the right size filter for your lenses!

#9 – Learn the basics of photography

The best advice I can give you is to learn the basics of photography. Here I’ve only covered a few photography tips for beginners. However, in the free digital photography report you can learn more about what you need to know to take great looking photos. Click here to get it now!

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