In order to learn photography, you will have to learn how to use a photo camera and how light effects images when shot at different F-stops, speeds and apertures. This art form is one that professional photographers take decades of their lives to perfect, but the most important step in learning photography is to go out and take photos regularly and learn why certain photos look good and other photos look bad.
In order to learn photography, you will need:
- A digital camera
- A photography textbook
- A computer
- Photo Software on Your Computer
- Purchase a Digital Camera. Digital cameras have replaced film cameras, especially for those trying to learn photography, as it is much cheaper to view and print photos digitally then it is to purchase film and pay for prints to be made. Buy a digital camera and read the entire instruction manual of how the camera works and all the different things you can do with it.
- Read a Photography textbook. Reading a photography textbook which takes students through the nuts and bolts of the process of shooting and printing different kinds of photos is integral to learning photography, as there are so many different photos someone can take and so many different environments photos can be taken in. This textbook, or textbooks, will help instruct new photographers on how to adjust for changing settings when they are out taking photographs so that their photos come out properly.
- Shoot lots of photographs. After reading up on the basics of photography, take your newly purchased digital camera and shoot a large number of photographs. Pick a subject or an area in which you want to shoot and shoot a number of photographs at different F-stops and shutter speeds, so that you have variations of each photo based on the amount of light that is allowed to hit the image.
- Carefully look at the photos you have shot. Plug your camera into a computer with photography software already installed on it and upload these photographs into the program. Look at all the photos you shot at different F-stops and shutter speeds, looking at the ones that came out the best and keeping track of what settings your camera was on when you shot these images. This will help you learn photography by showing you what you did right and wrong, first-hand.
- Keep shooting. As shooting with a digital camera is virtually free, beyond having to buy batteries for it, the more photos you shoot and carefully observe, the more you will learn about photography.