Getting started in photography can be overwhelming. There are tons of things to learn and study and this is even before you pick up your camera. Lots of confusing settings can get in the way of you learning if you don’t have a goal in mind.
6 best photography tips for beginners
With that said, there are a few things I wish I learning first before eve taking my first photo. Check out my list of the top 6 best photography tips I wish I knew before I started taking photos.
1. Lighting makes the photo
I love natural light and I can’t get enough of this shooting style. This is one of the easiest lighting styles to start with since you pretty much let the sun do it’s thing during the say and evening sunsets. But with a light source as abundant as the sun, you still need to learn how to best control your lighting.
When a photo is too bring (over-exposed) or has doesn’t have enough light (under-exposed) you will find that your photos are hard to edit. Learning to make sure your exposure and lighting is even is the key to taking some great shots. Even in harsh sunlight you can take great photos but also make sure to control the direction of the shadows.
Lighting plays a big part of good photos, so make sure to do your research on how to best take advantage of your environment.
2. Angles can create emotion
Angles are an easy way to showcase emotions in a photo. For example shooting from high angles can make the viewer feel large and in control. Shooting from lower angles can make the viewer feel small and weak.
Use angles to your advantage and help convey more emotions in your photography. Play with angles to tell a story from your photo sessions.
3. Make connections with the eyes in portraits
When shooting portraits, your subjects eyes are the key to any connection between the viewer and the photo. We as a people are naturally drawn to the eyes of a subject.
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and this helps create an immediate connection with any portrait.
4. Consistent editing creates your brand
If you’re like me, you’ll be shooting and editing your photos yourself. Most likely, you’ll come across a preset or make your own custom presets to help you get color consistency while editing.
This color editing and style will be the beginning of your photography as a brand. Creating this consistency will be key to people recognizing your style.
5. Your shooting style is going to evolve
I have no doubt your shooting and editing will change over and over again in the course of your journey. Don’t let this scare you and don’t be afraid to experiment with your creativity. Your shooting style is going to evolve and you will look back at your work and see the changes over time. The more you learn, the faster your style may change.
6. There is no better time to start shooting like now
You don’t have to learn everything before you pick up a camera. I find the best way to learn is in the field shooting. Pick up your camera and get to shooting and you will learn as you go. Don’t be afraid to get started. If portraits are your passion, then start with family or close friends so you can be comfortable making mistakes on a shoot.
Don’t be held back by fear
You will make mistakes and it’s ok. Don’t be scared to make mistakes on a shoot, and don’t let your anxiety get in your way. Have fun and express yourself creatively. The most important thing you can do is just get started. Happy shooting!
Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:
I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some of the great gear from Sony.
My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom
Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)
Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera
Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel