The world of photography is about more than knowing your shutter speed and f-stops. There are a number of photography basics that do not require a great deal of talent but rather depend on common sense and not being afraid to experiment while taking a photo.
Take the Shot
If you don’t take a photograph when you have the opportunity, you will never see the result and learn on how to improve your technique in a future shot. You need to bring your camera and equipment with you when you go out so that you do not miss the opportunity. You may capture that masterpiece that you have been looking for or learn from taking a photo that does not meet your standards.
Focus on Your Shot
When you see a photograph that you would like to capture, stay focused on the subject until after the shot has been taken. It is important not to let your mind wander and imagine your next shot while losing focus on the shot that you are currently taking. Before the next shot you take, really take a look. Take a deep breath and feel it.
Think Positive Thoughts
One of the important photography basics is that every photograph that you take is a learning experience. They will not all be a masterpiece, but you can also learn something from the mistake that you make. Seeing one of your shots that is taken in poor lighting conditions or at a bad angle will help you learn for your future shots. Embrace your mistakes. When you find yourself at a standstill, ask yourself so what, now what? Keeping a positive attitude and continuing to push forward will lead to success. This pertains to both success and failure.
Be Willing to Learn
If you are uncertain about how to take a photograph in a particular situation, do not be afraid to ask for help. We should never stop learning and we will never know all of the tricks to getting a perfect photo. Be open to new ways of thinking and experiment with new techniques. You will be inspired by learning a new technique and practicing with it.
Just like day follows night, success in photography follows preparation. Sure bringing all your equipment is a way of being prepared but it’s just as important being mentally prepared. When you are prepared you are confident. When you are confident, fear is erased. I was never the best shooter, I was never the most technically skilled in Photoshop and I was never the most verbal when presenting my work but I was always the most prepared.
It is easy to take these photography basics for granted when you are busy shooting your next photo. If you take a deep breath, slow down and enjoy the shot you are taking, you will be able to enjoy the profession or hobby of photography.