So you've recently discovered inspiration to delve into your creative side and are interested in the world of photography. Have you got some cracking images on your phone? Have you been documenting your travels with images and thought that you should be snapping away more often? Are you thinking you'd like to take it up to the next level? Read on.
Personally, the best thing I found out about photography when I started out was how easy it was to dive into. I had a decent camera on the back of my iPod back in the day and it was always there with me no matter where I went. Capturing scenes was so easy as you always had it on hand. When I started to study photography in secondary school it was clear I needed to make a step in terms of equipment. If I wanted to progress I had to learn how to use a proper DSLR camera. It came in handy that my parents had an old Canon 1200D lying around that wasn't used a lot. This was a great gateway into the world of cameras. For the level I was shooting at then, the images that were being produced were brilliant. I was so happy with the image quality and the cameras ease of use.
Once I had fully got the hang of using it I was out as much as I could utilising my spare time to visit all the local landscapes and practice. This small compact camera was so easy to carry around which made everything so much more painless. I'm not entirely sure that you can pick a brand new one up on the market today but there are some great alternatives and I'll leave the links to them below.
The great thing about these cameras is not only are they affordable to anyone on a budget but they come with one of the best lenses for the first timers. The 18-55mm lens allows the photographer to be able to change the focal width from wide angle to short telephoto giving them a lot of freedom without having to change lenses. On a side note I am not an ambassador for Canon. I've highlighted Canon items as I have grown up with them and used them consistently. I've never had any problems and would recommend them to anyone starting out.
Right! Now you've found your weapon it's time to dig a little bit into what photography niches might grab your attention. Have a look through this list I have made of niches and Instagram accounts within them. Some of them have produced my favourite work!
Take your time to have a look through these talented photographers Instagram pages. I hope you find something inspirational!
GET OUT AND SHOOT!
I can't say it enough. Time with your camera and time spent shooting is going to majorly improve your photography over time. Keep your camera on you whenever you're out and about, you never know what you might catch. When I first started out I didn't really care what I was shooting I was just out to keep developing my skills and style.
(Picture taken at Sgwd Eira, The Four Waterfalls Walk, Brecon Beacons National Park)
After my first few weeks of strolling around the local area it was time to plan some location trips to snap up some bangers! Here in Mid-Wales we're so lucky that we've got these places within an hours drive of home. It gave us so much time to experiment and create a number of different images.
When planning your day trips, always research shots and locations. It's always good to have an idea in your head of what you would like as it can save time when you arrive. One way you can do this is by heading over to Instagram and searching for your desired destination via the geotag tool. Once the location name has been entered an array of images taken there by different people will appear. This is a great way to gain a little bit of inspiration and to visualise a specific shot.
(Picture taken at Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia National Park)
(Camera used - Canon EOS RP)
(Lens used - Canon 50mm 1.4)
And that's about it to be honest!
My three main steps I'd give someone looking to start out:
1. Especially if you are on a budget, grab yourself a small DSLR camera and even do some research into other cameras if something takes your fancy.
2. Just get outdoors and shoot away. Don't be too critical of yourself when you're beginning.
3. Enjoy it! Get Creative!
It's a short write up from me tonight but I don't want to waffle on!
I hope you have managed to take even a small piece of inspiration here. If you're thinking about getting involved in photography don't hesitate just do it!