Advice for amateur photographers, and a history of the camera.
It is very easy to inspire yourself to take up any hobby, but to prepare for it is another task. This is especially true when it comes to hobbies with great equipment requirement. Clearly talent and interest are important, but every person requires some help when it comes to getting the best gear to start with. Photography is not exempt from this and having the right equipment can help you make the step into amateur and hopefully professional photography.
The first step to getting started with photography is to make sure you have the understanding behind different settings, camera capabilities and techniques. This is why before buying top end equipment, you should invest in some literature or software that can teach you several things like Aperture and Shutter speed, to name a few.
Part of this also comes with understanding the camera you are using, which will obviously differ once you reach the higher end products. There are so many factors to consider like field depth and focal length, understanding these will actually help you in the future when buying a better camera, or one that fits the style you want to capture.
In terms of the equipment, it all depends on the budget. If you are just starting out, it may be ideal to not set yourself an incredibly high budget. In this case, point and shoot cameras are a great option as they allow you to explore creativity within your photography without being too pricey like some DSLR’s.
If you do have a higher budget, it would be a good idea to invest in a DSLR along with some lenses and filters. This allows you to get to the more complex side of photography, taking high quality and resolution pictures. This makes it easier to perform certain techniques associated with good photography. Don’t forget to get memory cards as these can be a pain to have to keep buying one by one.
Finally, make sure to get feedback. So, put your work out there, social media platforms are a great way to do this. Also use people within the photography community to see what you are doing well and what you could do better. Be sure to check out this infographic from J Knowles to learn about the history of the camera.