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  • Writer's pictureChristopher "Sasha" Gousse

7 Photography Tips and Tricks I Wish I Knew as a Beginner

Hello, my up and coming photography enthusiasts! Some of you may be just starting out and learning the ropes while some are already on their way with a camera and lens taking on their first clients. At any point in that journey you should be proud that you take the first steps and got started.

Today, I just wanted to share some of my favorite photography tips and tricks that I've learned over the years. Whether you're just starting out or looking to refine your skills, I hope these insights will help you on your creative journey.

1. Understand the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a basic principle in visual arts like photography. Imagine dividing your frame into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. The idea is to place the important compositional elements along these lines, or at their intersections. This technique often creates more tension, energy, and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject. Basically, you want to make sure that you compose in different ways to see want works best for you by messing around with focus on you subject being in other areas in the frame.

2. Play with Light

Light is the key ingredient in photography. That be light from a flash, light that you provide with a constant studio lights, and of course my own personal favorite, natural light! Understanding how it works and how to manipulate it is crucial. Practice shooting at different times of the day and observe how the changing light affects your images. You can even use your hand as a guide. Don't shy away from harsh midday light or the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. Experimenting is key!

3. Master Manual Mode

While automatic modes are convenient, they can limit your creativity. Manual mode allows you to control the exposure of your image by adjusting the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. It might seem daunting at first, but with practice, you'll gain more control over your photography.

4. Don't Forget Post-Processing

Post-processing is an integral part of digital photography. Software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop can help you enhance your photos, correct errors, and bring your creative vision to life. Really any app including your standard phone camera or photos app can help you add to your photo to add your own personal touch to the photo and make it something to remember. Remember, the goal is to enhance, not to overdo.

5. Keep Learning and Experimenting

Photography is a field where there's always something new to learn. Attend workshops, read photography books, follow other photographers, and most importantly, keep shooting. Experiment with different styles, subjects, and techniques. Making mistakes and discovering we techniques is part of the fun! Remember, every great photographer was once a beginner.

6. Starting Off Small

You don't need the most expensive gear to take great photos. Start with what you have, even if it's just a smartphone. Play with angles, lighting, and composition. Learn the basics and get creative with the tools at your disposal. As you grow and learn, you can gradually invest in more advanced equipment. Remember, the best camera is the one you have with you.

7. Network and Share Your Work

Join photography communities, both online and offline. Share your work, ask for feedback, and learn from others. Instagram and now Threads are perfect places to get started to connect with like minded creatives and exchange ideas and tips. Networking can also lead to opportunities for collaborations, exhibitions, and even job offers.

Remember, the journey of photography is a personal one. These tips are not rules, but guidelines to help you find your unique style and voice. Keep shooting, keep learning, and most importantly, enjoy the process!

Until next time, happy shooting!

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