Looking into getting into photography. Any thoughts on what areas of photography I start in?

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  • Sumi
    Lv 7
    6 months ago
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    I would start with landscapes, maybe architecture, still life, nature, found things that you find interesting.  Why?  Because these types of photography often don't need complicated lighting setups like a portrait can and often does.  These are the types of photos that one can easily find without spending a lot of time and money.  And in the process of taking these types of shots you should find that you do not care for one genre or another, then obviously skip it and move on to something else.

    After shooting for a while, you'll discover which genres you like and that'll be your guide as to where to place your time and effort.

    For inspiration, I'd do a few things: First, do a search for the best photographers in the genre you like.  I'd also go to good photo sites like 500px.com and check out the photos there.  You can do keyword searches for various types of photos.  The search results should give you some great ideas on how to photograph things.  It's key to study good photos and 500px.com is a good source while flickr is often not as most are simple snapshots that the average person takes.  500px is primarily a site used by advanced and pro photographers.

    Also, buy photo books showcasing the work of your favorite photographers.  Study their work over and over to learn what makes a great photo.

    Do youtube searches on the fundamentals of photography such as exposure, shutter speeds, aperture settings, composition and color theory.  There's a lot to learn before you press the shutter. 

  • 6 months ago

    I would say you should start with nature photography as has way less hassles attached to it than any other form of photography.

  • 6 months ago

    There's an old saying that amateurs think about the picture and then take it, pros take pictures and then think about them.  It's not really true, but there's a lesson in there - take pictures and then look at them and work out what's good and bad about them.  Finding the picture in a scene is a skill in itself, but it's something else that can be developed - you have to start by taking pictures.

    Have a look for recent videos by Mike Brown - he's making a series on lockdown photography and finding interesting pictures in your kitchen, shed etc.  What he does isn't important - how he thinks about it is!

  • Newton
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Photograph things you like. If you like flowers, photograph them. If you like scenery, animals or people, photograph those. Or you can photograph as many different things as you like. You can also bring a camera with you and photograph whatever you find interesting.

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Forget areas. Shoot anything just to see how it appears in a photograph. The objectives are to get familiar with your camera (really get close and cozy with it) and to realize that what the camera sees is not exactly what your eyes see (because sadly that is the hard truth). That is the charm of photography. As a photographer, you have the power to make something look better than it really is. All it takes is practice, so take off the lens cap already and start shooting!

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Learn the basics first. A good book to help is "Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age." You can find the first edition pretty cheap on ebay. The third edition is widely used as a textbook for photography courses.

  • 6 months ago

    Yes.  An area that interests YOU!

  • Kenny
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The trouble with that field is everyone has a camera on their phone now .

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