If you have a passion for photography but can’t decide where to start, you are not alone. It can be overwhelming for newbies because it’s such a vast subject with so many choices to make, such as what to shoot and which camera to use. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be so complicated in the beginning, so I’ve put together some suggestions to help you get started on the right track.

 

  1. Don’t overspend on your first camera

As a beginner, you really don’t need all that fancy photography equipment that professional photographers carry around. I remember my days as a newbie photographer, when I made the mistake of buying a really expensive camera and then proceeded to take extremely average photos with it for almost a year – because I had no idea what I was doing.

So start with an inexpensive camera and learn how to use it properly. You’ll know when you are ready for an upgrade.

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to play with your camera’s settings

Whichever camera you ultimately decide to buy, consult the manual and get more information online about its functions. Try taking photos of the same subject with different settings, so that you can learn which adjustments give you better results.

 

  1. Search online or take a short photography course to learn the rules

Technique matters a lot more than which camera you use. Learn the basics, memorize the terms commonly used in photography, and get familiar with the technicalities of taking a good photo. Make sure you get your information from trustworthy sources. There are many free online resources available with some great advice for beginners. Some important aspects you should read about include:

  • Composition
  • Rule of thirds
  • Exposure triangle (Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO)

 

  1. Find a new perspective

Make your photos stand out by taking them from a different viewpoint than usual. Everyone can see at eye-level, but if you change the vantage point you have a greater chance of taking a good photo. Shoot from a different angle, distance or elevation – or combine all three to make your photos pop.

 

  1. Keep an eye out for great shots

Never underestimate your surroundings. A good photographer will see the beauty in even the most mundane objects. You don’t have to climb Mount Everest to shoot a good photo. What’s more important is how you compose a shot and transform an ordinary subject into an extraordinary one.

In my experience, composition, lighting and perspective are what make some of my best photos special.

 

There are many good cameras you can choose from as a beginner, but I would recommend the Sony a6000 as a model you can’t go wrong with. There are few others that offer as many benefits as this camera in a reasonable price bracket.

The Sony a6000 is a hybrid with a mirrorless interchangeable lens which can capture photos at ultra-fast shutter speeds. Sony brings the sensor size and features of a regular DSLR into this compact body with much faster processing speeds. The a6000 also has one the best 24-megapixel APS-C sensors and is great for taking photos in both RAW and JPEG.