- Spend the cash, it’s worth it! If you can get some great photographic equipment from the beginning it makes all the difference. Start with the basics but get it right, I chose Nikon but it’s your personal preference. Once you have invested in a good camera body you add to it as and when you can. It is great to have a few lenses – I have a kit lens that came with my Nikon when I purchased it, I also have a 55-200mm zoom lens (which I use most often) and I have just ordered a prime lens, 35mm f/1 18.G.(which is great for low-light or indoor shots) What lens you buy is greatly determined by the type of photography you chose to do, get some professional advice if you are unsure.
- Never leave home without your camera, especially when you go on holiday. There is nothing worse than missing the ideal photo opportunity merely because you forgot your camera! Although thanks to modern technology most cell phones come with an awesome camera functions, I have an iPhone 4 which takes great pics! So if I am ever stuck without my camera that comes in handy!
- Be daring take your camera off auto function and experiment. Doing a camera course would be the best way to learn but I have found as time is an issue for me, the best way for me to learn is by teaching myself. It is always handy to have the camera manual at hand when trying the different functions out.
- Let editing software be your friend, I know that some people take Photoshop a bit too far but I feel that editing software has its place and sometimes we need to think outside of the box and make use of all the tools available to us! A very useful tool I came across recently is Faststone Editing Software, it is open source and free, it is basic but perfect if you just need standard editing done. Most importantly remember to have fun, photography is an art form and art should be fun!
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