There is more to photography than just aiming your camera at a subject and pressing the shutter button. It requires a good understanding of the tools in your hand. It requires a good understanding of the nature of light and of how to make the right exposure. It also requires a good understanding of post-processing techniques.
Buying a DSLR or a mirrorless camera is just a small part of becoming a photographer, you have to learn photography using the available resources to get better. The process involves knowing how to get better at photography by learning more about the tools in hand and the techniques that go behind making better images.
Photography is a tough subject to master. No wonder, the question that most beginner photographers have on their mind is how to get better at photography. Sometimes, that feeling comes because they feel they are kind of stuck in regard to what they are doing with their camera.
At other times it is a genuine lack of knowledge in terms of how to use their camera to the fullest potential. Sometimes it might come from a lack of understanding of the nature of light and the associated aspects of how to meter and then expose properly for a given lighting condition. Sometimes, it is an inability to handle difficult (mixed, backlit, harsh, low) lighting condition.
You can improve your own work by looking at the work of accomplished photographers. You can learn a lot about composition, lighting, framing, as well as how to identify when that decisive moment is upon you so that you can press down the shutter button.
But looking at others’ work alone will not be enough. Sometimes, you have to head out, shoot pictures on your own, analyze them, compare them with your peers or ask for a critical review from someone you look up to and then improve upon them.
Speaking of light, you would need good resources to master light and then take it a step forward by incorporating artificial lights into the mix. Then, of course, you can bring in a plethora of diffusers and other light shaping devices which will further improve the quality of your images. All these things, however, takes a considerable amount of researching and learning to master.
Thanks to the internet there is no dearth of good resources though. You can join a plethora of online photography courses such as the ones from Udemy, or join any accomplished professional photographer conducting online workshops on a specific genre of photography. You can also read countless articles online on various aspects of photography.
At Photoworkout, we have many informative articles that cover several different aspects of photography. Regardless, of your level as a photographer, beginner, enthusiast or professional, you will find information that is of interest to you.
As a beginner photographer, you might be looking for information on how to get out of the Auto mode and shoot great photos using the manual mode. Even before that, you might be requiring an in-depth analysis of how to pick your first camera. As well as the basic operations of a DSLR (or interchangeable lens) camera if this is your first ever camera.
Photography 101 Quick Links: Understanding Exposure Triangle | Metering Modes | Shutter Speed Priority | White Balance | 10 Examples: Wide vs. Narrow Aperture | Shapes & Lines Photography | Using External Lights