Have the right attitude. In order to be able to do any type of photography, you need to be patient and very creative. Without patience you can't achieve that perfect shot and without the creativity, you will never be able to make that perfect shot. Gender, religion and cultures have little or no effect on the outcomes of photography.
Understand the philosophy of photography as an art form. Before we move on, it is very important for anyone to understand the basic idea and concept of photography. Photography is not just a subject, it is an art which has no boundaries. The camera is a device with which you capture the beauty of nature which includes all what we see. Photography lies in us, not the camera. Photographs capture moments and it is the photographer who gives worth to the image.
Read a book. Reading a guide or book on photography will improve your understanding on photography and help you immensely at your work. Reading a book for guidance is required by EVERYONE, and it's benefits can only be seen after doing. This is a very helpful and practical way to make photography more beneficial and allow more utilization of creativity.
Decide what type of photography you are most interested in. It is better to decide your field of photography beforehand. Examples of fields of photography are landscape which deals with natural vistas and wildlife which deals with photographs of animals in their natural habitats.
Carefully consider your budget and requirements before you shop for a camera. The camera should be worth what you spend. It should also be equipped for the type of photography you wish to do. Normal cameras are ideal for landscapes while there are special cameras for extreme climate and weather conditions in which normal digital cameras would be ineffective.
Prepare yourself before you begin. Before you head out into the world of photography, you need to do a few things. The first thing would be to note and decide when and where you will do photography. This is important because it is not recommended to spend your time with the camera while you have a meeting to attend, unless you have taken up photography as a profession, rather than a hobby. During these periods, when you plan to do only photography, try not to do anything else and use all your and energy only for photography.
The next thing to do is to feel the camera. Read the manual and then explore each and every function before using. Also try to see the work done by other photographers and mark out your preferences.
- Consider a used camera if your budget is small.
- Keep at least 2 additional copies of photos you can't afford to lose.
- When on a professional tour for photography, it is advisable to carry a spare camera.
- When choosing the reel for a camera, remember to check for the ISO.