Sunday, April 21, 2013

5 Free Resources to Upgrade Your Photography Skills

So you have the digital camera and accessories that you need, and you are ready to take pictures. Although you might have thought that you would instantly be able to take great photographs, you might now be wondering what you can do to sharpen your skills. Photography is an art form that takes a lot of practice to master, but there are free resources out there that can help you sharpen your skills dramatically.

Free Photography eBooks

As a beginner, you can probably stand to learn a lot from more experienced photographers. In the past this meant that you had to spring for a pricey book, but this isn't the case in today's world. There are actually a lot of great photography-related eBooks out there that you can snag for free.

It is a good idea to start with a few general eBooks that will teach you more about using your camera, trying various settings and taking pictures in general. Then, you can branch out and look for eBooks that are related to the type of photography that you are interested in, such as wedding photography or taking pictures of food for your blog. You can even look for free eBooks that are related to the type of camera that you have so that you can find out more about how to get the most out of your camera and its various settings.

Photo Editing Software

When you think about photo editing software, you might think about the pricey yet popular Adobe Photoshop. Although you might decide to spring for Photoshop later when you have a little more experience, there are plenty of free photo editing software programs out there that can help you get started.

Photography Blogs and Websites

Following websites and blogs that were created and are maintained by talented photographers can help you gain a lot more insight and knowledge, and you will probably pick up a bit of motivation and inspiration along the way.

Online Communities

Joining a free online community for photographers, such as a forum or online group, can help you make lots of connections who can help you get better at photography. There are typically tons of people around who are willing to help beginners, and you can ask questions or simply read the things that others have posted so that you can soak in the information. Over time, you will find that you are the one who is giving tips and advice to the beginners.
These online communities also make it easy for you to post your pictures so that you can get honest reviews of what they look like and what you can do differently for a better result next time. This can help you gain knowledge and self-confidence at the same time.

Photo Sharing Sites

Photo sharing sites make it easy for you to learn because you can view tons of different pictures to see what works and what doesn't, and you can post your own pictures to see what others think about them.

If you’ve just bought a new camera and are unsure of using it, why not check out Snappit Digital Cameras and Accessories for professional and helpful advice.

Author Bio: Joanna is a Brisbane resident who is currently studying photography herself, she writes blogs to inspire other beginner photographers.

14 travelers' comments:

Unknown said...

that kind of camera is what i'm dreaming of.. hoping to have by next year ^.^

Unknown said...

Helpful tips here. i think it's better to get my head up reading on how to use my camera -its usage, its settings - I have been procrastinating on this for few months now.

Prettymom said...

haist.. I have been dreaming to have a camera like this.. hopefully I can afford to buy one in the future.. :-)

ღ Ms. Joy mH ღ said...

I'm not an expert in photography either and these tips really helped me a lot to give me an idea where to start. I'm really eager to learn about taking photos and how to add effects on them. Thanks for sharing!

Bless said...

Very nice camera. You give a very helpful tips here and so useful for those who have this professional camera and still looking for more info on how to use it properly. Thanks for sharing.

Jerla Oh lalala said...

that is sweet. I love photography too and the problem with that is that I don't like to read manuals, i didn't even watch those videos that comes with my camera. Ugh! :(

Unknown said...

thank you for this awesome this.:) very informative!

Dhemz said...

eBooks like this come really in handy when it comes to photography...I would love to learn but I hate reading those long and confusing instructions.

Mald|taH said...

It's also not enough that you have all the resources, you also need to have the passion to take beautiful photos and the passion to enhance them through the resources you have. Would love to find that passion in me :)

Unknown said...

As of now, I am just using my phone in taking pictures. Buying a new camera is one of my future plans. Thanks for sharing those useful tips.

Mommy Liz said...

I guess this is the reason why I have point and shoot camera, coz when it comes to reading direction and patience, I don't have it. :) I would love own a good quality camera, but if I have to read instructions, I will stick with my old one, it still works :)

A said...

Helpful tips for photography enthusiasts! :) I cannot take a decent picture of anything except my face. :P And the pictures that I do take, I make extra special with filters because I don't have "the" eye for photography. :P haha :D

Peachy said...

Thanks for the photography tips, Rose!

amiable amy said...

awww ... i am hard headed and told myself, I can learn to manipulate all the functions of my camera if I keep using it. It's been 5 months and the dust probably is happy having it in the corner ... i must i must i must hehehe ... too bulky eh :-)

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