It is surprising how some people today have decided to forgo photography as a hobby; some assume it is too expensive while others assume that there is just too much to learn about it for it to be worthwhile. Also, there are some who may find it a just a bit slow in favor of the most fast-paced hobbies of video games and so on. However, if you understand the "ins and outs" of the hobby of photography, you may discover that it is one of the very best and most exciting hobbies you've ever tried. This article can give you some of those quick tips and hints for you to enjoy your endeavor all the more.
A Hobby or a Business?
Are you considering taking up photography as a hobby or do you envision turning this into an actual business? Some people don't need a studio outside their house to take pictures for a living; many portraits or merchandise shoots can be done in a basement or spare room. Some have found that they begin with photography as a hobby and then grow it into a business after their family and friends ask them to take specific shots. You may also realize how easy and rewarding it is to do product shots for companies. As an example, if you've got a friend that is starting an internet store for clothing or wedding favors or anything else, they may ask you to do some shots for them, and there you go - you have a business! But if you're just trying to find a hobby, photography is relaxing and fun.
If you're doing photos in your house for business, you will, of course, need some regular spotlights, a tripod, reflectors, and some basic stands or furniture for the products themselves. However, if you're pursuing photography strictly as a hobby, the equipment required will depend on where you plan on taking your pictures. Many different lenses will be necessary if you would like to take outdoor photos; wide angle lenses are necessary for landscapes while telephoto lenses, which work like binoculars, will be required for wildlife. You also need to get a filter for the front of your lenses; if you were ever to drop your camera or slap it against something, that filter would protect that delicate lens.
Of course, a good flash will be necessary for indoor photography; again, this depends on why and when you're taking pictures. If you only want to shoot better family portraits, then you probably won't need that wide angle lens but will probably be lost without a good flash.
You would be surprised how just common sense tips can improve your photography. Make sure that the light is in front of your subjects; don't let them pose in front of a window. If everyone's wearing black, you won't find anything. Just use your common sense and practice, and you might discover that photography isn't as difficult as you thought it was!
The Best Free Resources for Getting Started with Photography
There’s been a rise in photography and the education related to photography. The camera manufacturers, the mobile phone manufacturers, all have been giving information about photography in-depth. But they do it from sales point of view, and this is where one needs an access to true knowledge.
Some of the resources and platforms listed below can help you get started with the photography free of cost. Of course, you will need a basic equipment to put words into action. This will cover the information needed, however, to get started with your journey of photography.
Learning Websites that have Free Photography Lessons
CreativeLive Creative Live offers round the clock free photography lessons in the form of videos. The Live lessons provided by them require you to only be available online and tuned into the source. Famous international photographers like Lindsay Adler, Daniel Gregory, Sue Bryce, Mark Wallace, to name a few. The best thing about these classes is that you are watching them live and for free. A good internet connection and you can ask the instructors the questions, which are sent to them via the moderators who pick up the best and most insightful questions. The classes that you feel really helped you a great deal can even be bought and downloaded for offline access.
Udemy Udemy happens to be one of the most complete websites for online learning. They have courses that are free, and have been reviewed as useful by beginners and professionals alike. Some of the top free photographry courses on Udemy include:
Free Photography Course for Beginners by Chris Bray: The fastest way to get off ‘Auto’ mode.Road to Better Photography: Corey Reese: Photography Made Simple.Photos for Absolute Beginners by Simon Foster: Learn the absolute basics about enhancing your photos.
Courses from Harvard and Professor from Stanford: The Gold Mine A couple of courses that everyone who wants to master photography should spend serious time in are the free courses listed only by Harvard and by Marc Levoy: Professor from Stanford.
Marc Levoy Lectures Marc Levoy taught the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of photography at Stanford from 2009 to 2014. He refined the course and taught at Google in 2016 again. This course, which is 18 lectures, has been put online based on the lessons he gave on Google. It is, unarguably, the most complete course on photography that talks about the real numbers, formulas, and delivers the finest compilation of photography resource on the web.
Harvard Course: Exposing Digital Photography with Dan Armendariz
The course by Dan Armendariz, which is conducted in-person, and also is available on YouTube, is aimed at explaining the scientific basis of photography, improving photography technique, and gaining further into the art of photography. This is accomplished via studying the various topics in the curriculum like quality of light, exposure control, depth of field, aesthetics, composition and patterns, perspective, color science, the human visual system, spatial and color perception, exposure, metering, digital sensors, optics, analogies to biological systems, and so on. The course expects the student to have a camera with manual mode and RAW compatibility available at their disposal all through for the practical parts of the study.
Websites and Apps that Have Photography Resources
Some of the websites are a heaven of resources, which have traditionally delivered content in the form of text and pictures. Some of them also have their YouTube or video sharing channels now where they impart video tutorials. A few such websites are:
Fstoppers Fstoppers is a heaven for someone interested to learn photography and the nunanes of the art. Fstoppers has a plethora of articles, tutorials, resources, and also boasts of forums and community. This, in addition to a facebook group which has so many amazing artists in their giving feedback to pictures they find are good but can be taken to another level. The articles and tutorials are by top professionals from around the world, and they talk about the beginner photography tips, intermediate tips, some specific tutorials and issues, and even social media and SEO for photographers. It is the most complete website for the photographers in need.
PetaPixel PetaPixel is another giant learning center that offers articles, tutorials, information, and equipment reviews as well as release information. They cover everything that a digital age photographer needs to do, including the art of managing social media, and learning about privacy. Where they excel is providing reviews and comparisons that can help making equipment buying an easier experience than it would have been. There are also news, articles, and resources on film photography, which seems to have come back with a fresh wave of life in recent times.
The Manufacturer Resources
Camera manufacturers today are a smarter breed. To market their products, they have to consistently hold workshops and seminars, and also post enough information only. This has made them really transparent about the products they sell. Also, most major camera manufacturers offer some free workshops with the camera you buy. Some of these resources are:
Canon Edge Canon Edge is a learning as well as photo sharing resource that Canon provides to its users. Canon also offers a couple of free basic photography workshops with its cameras. Canon Photo Mentors are carefully selected who help in expanding the knowledge of the equipment to the budding photographers.
Nikon Nikon offers learning resources online apart from conduncting regular workshops and seminars regarding their new equipment, and how to use them. Nikon also provides more general photography workshops for their customers.
YouTube: Where There is Everything
Youtube is known to have all the information on the planet these days. It is the number 2 search engine in the world, only behind Google, and increased internet speeds have made content creators work hard towards getting a YouTube audience. YouTube is a free resource, and there are channels like Tutvid, PhLearn, Lynda, which offer various tutorials, as also people like Serge Ramelli, Peter McKinon, among others who are popular to have solved people’s problems via their YouTube channel.
Internet is a huge medium, and it is now easier to learn photography without ever going to a school. What you really need is one beginner foundation course, and then niche specific information as you grow.