Three Good Reasons To Learn More About Photography

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Photography has become so popular, mainly because of the inclusion of cameras on mobile phones, so it’s more difficult for your photos to be noticed. But, if you learn a little more about photography your photos will be more likely to stand out from the crowd.

Your life is full of gadgets and equipment that can be challenging to learn to use really well. Learning to use your camera will make your photography so much more enjoyable. Photography is therapy. Picking up your camera, making time to take photos, can be a wonderful break from the busy pace of your daily life.

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Committing even a small amount of time regularly to learn more about photography will help you enjoy the creative process of image making. It will help overcome frustrations you may have because you don’t understand your camera well enough. As you study you will find that your creative ideas and expression will come more naturally. And, as you know and understand more and begin to relax when you have your camera in your hands, you will find a personal groove and means of expression that will be unique to you.

So here are three really good reasons for you to learn more about photography.

#1. Create outstanding photos

Most of us love to share our photos and see the response or family and friends have to them. Even more exciting is when strangers begin to show appreciation for our photographs. The desire to have your photos seen and enjoyed by others can be a real motivation for you to enjoy photography. But getting your photographs noticed is not so easy.

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This has become more of a challenge in recent years because pretty much everybody has a some form of a camera these days. Social media has made it extremely easy to share photos and have them seen by a potentially global audience. But how do you get your photos noticed when everyone else is sharing their photos in the same way?

Take some time to learn more. Learning about light, exposure, color, tone, composition and timing will help you produce more creative, more interesting, more noticeable photographs. And, if you think about it, you probably something about these things already, because you see them all the time, but are not necessarily thinking about them.

You can’t see anything if there’s no light. Light is the essence of photography. With no light, you can have no photo. Learning to appreciate different types of light and when some light is better for making photos than others, will help you create more outstanding photographs. You see light all the time and if you can begin to understand it and appreciate how to expose your photographs well, you will create more compelling images. Knowing something of the limitations of your camera and how it captures tone and color will also help greatly in the creative process.

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Compose and time your photos better

Learning composition rules and developing a real feel for them will also help your photographs be more impactful. Like with any creative expression, learning the rules will allow you to eventually implement them without really thinking about them. This is when I believe you will become most creative.

Certainly timing your photographs well takes research and practice. Learning to anticipate action and choose precisely the best time to make a photograph, the decisive moment, is a skill that will certainly enhance your photography and make it stand out.

2. Become intimate with your equipment

Learning how to use your camera well and becoming confident will result in a more enjoyable and more creative photography experience. I have met (and taught) many people who own very nice cameras but are not confident in using them. If you don’t have a good understanding of your camera you will most likely become somewhat frustrated when you pick it up to use it, or later when you are looking at disappointing photos.

Three Good Reasons To Learn More About Photography

Becoming familiar with your camera and how to use it well takes time and commitment to study. Because each camera model is different, with the controls in different places, it means you need to do some research and hands on practice to know how to use your cameras with confidence.

Essentially all cameras are the same. They function the same way, with light hitting the sensor (or film) to create photographs. Whether you use a camera in any of the automatic modes, or prefer to use it in Manual Mode, the process of creating photos is the same, but the amount of creative control differs greatly.

Setting your exposure manually gives you far more control over the end result. Learning to do this takes a bit more dedication but will ultimately result in you making more unique, creative photographs. If your camera is always set to one of the automatic modes then the camera is making some (or all) of the most creative choices. Cameras are smart, but they are not creative – you are.

Three Good Reasons To Learn More About Photography

Learning to take control of the camera will help you enjoy the creative process of photography far more than if you have to stop and think about the basics of what to do each time you pick up your camera.

3. Photography can be therapeutic

Having creative drive, wanting to make good photos and have others enjoy them, will hopefully lead you to want to learn more about using your camera well. Doing that will free you up to enjoy your whole photography experience and you can then experience photography as a therapy.

Three Good Reasons To Learn More About Photography

Expressing your creativity with a camera you understand and love is very therapeutic. Taking time out from your busy day, even just for 10 or 15 minutes, to take a few photographs can be enjoyable and relaxing. Indulging in longer photography sessions on weekends or during vacations can be terrifically therapeutic.

I find when I pick my camera up to shoot for pleasure, (it’s different shooting for work if I have a client to please,) I can easily become absorbed only in making photographs, and nothing else matters! Being able to really zone in on what I am doing helps me forget all the worries and stresses I may be experiencing in life and just enjoy the process of being creative.

Narrowing the attention of your thoughts to the creative processes of photography, meditating on photography, brings a whole other dimension to the experience. Being aware of and intentionally seeking opportunities where you can use your camera creatively can help you relax differently than other activities you may enjoy. Watching the news on TV, checking social media, or going to a movie are all things that add a change of pace to your daily life. But a lot of what you do to relax does not involve being creative. Being creative with your camera adds a whole new dimension to life and can be most therapeutic.

Three Good Reasons To Learn More About Photography

Conclusion

Having the desire and drive to want your photos to be noticed when you share them is a good reason to learn more about photography. Overcoming the frustration you may feel because you haven’t taken the time to learn how to use your camera is another good solid reason to invest some time, and maybe even some money, in learning how your camera functions and how you can control it better (preferably in manual mode.)

Once you are on the path to learn more about your camera and about photography, knowing that it can be wonderfully therapeutic, should be most encouraging for you to follow some course of study to make the most of your camera – even your phone camera! Here’s a video for you to watch more on this topic as well.

What other good reasons do you have for learning more about photography? Please share in the comments below.

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Kevin Landwer-Johan is a professional photographer, photography teacher, and filmmaker. He began his career in newspaper photography in the late 1980s and has freelanced, covering many different genres of photography ever since. He prefers photographing portraits and doing documentary style work. Please take a look at our Indiegogo campaign for some great deals we're offering on our online and in-person photography workshops. Kevin is offering DPS readers a generous discount on his popular online course “Ten Top Tips - Be More Creative With Your Camera”. Click Here to enroll for just $10. Learn more about the photography workshops Kevin and his wife run in Thailand.

  • JamBeazie

    Thank you for this article. I have struggled with posting my photos on
    facebook. It almost seems like bragging to me and I am not that type of
    person. I photograph for my pleasure and enjoyment. However, after reading your article I can see that posting can help with confidence. I will venture out and try posting from time to time.

  • Kevin Lj

    Great to know you are encouraged! I understand as I was very reluctant to share my photos when I was starting out. I had a few friends I trusted and could share with (that was long before Facebook existed!) But I loved photography and wanted to work as a photographer so I knew I had to overcome my shyness to share my photos.
    Don’t think of it as bragging. Don’t focus on any negativity. Enjoy that when you share your photos you will be blessing those who see them and bringing them pleasure!

  • Jack Eells

    I’m a old fogey – almost 72- and have just gotten back into “photography” after more than 40 years away from 35mm film. My learning curve is tremendous right now! How would you suggest I catch up on my new camera and the mysteries of composition?

  • Kevin Lj

    Hi Jack. I would suggest you use your camera often and not focus on how the digital technology has changed things (I guess you’re using digital?) but instead concentrate on the essentials of exposure, which have not changed.With your old film camera you must have had to adjust the aperture and shutter speed manually – you can do this with any modern dslr or mirrorless camera the same way (and even a lot of compact cameras.)
    Keep reading articles here on DPS. There’s a wealth of information right here that can help you learn all aspects of photography.
    Composition is a tricky one. You can learn the rules, but it’s a bit like learning grammar. You are best off if you compose instinctively, knowing the rules so well they become second nature to you, but not really relying on them either. Using your camera every day will help you do this.

  • Jack Eells

    Hi Kevin, Thank you for your suggestions! Yes, I am using a DSLR, and one that is really a “starter camera.” (I have the Nikon D5500.) I will do as you suggest anD hopefully keep following you on DPS and your own sites. Thanks again.

  • Kevin Lj

    Thanks Jack. Any ‘starter camera’ these days is making higher quality photos than most cameras I’ve owned 🙂 I hope you can enjoy using it often and enjoy your return to photography.

  • Chris Belk

    I work in broadcast news. Its nice and therapeutic to just shoot for fun instead of assignment

  • Cody Elliott

    I have to say the video at the end was just perfect. A lot of the videos I watch are more technical in nature and the photographers seem a little arrogant or self centered. However, I can feel you passion for photography radiating from the video and that is the direction that I want to take. I may be starting out and be just okay at it, but I am definitelygoing to pay more attention to your videos.

  • Kevin Lj

    Hi Cody. Thanks for your comment. I truly appreciate that you can feel my passion for photography and it’s good to know you are encouraged by it. I’ve been passionate about photography since I bought my first camera and it certainly helps you to develop creatively if you can learn to express your passion in your photography.

  • Dave Henderson

    Right on, Kevin, in your reply to JamBeazie. No one should be shy about sharing their photos. I posted a number of bird pictures that I took simply because the birds were readily available subjects. After a while a friend thanked me for posting them because her mother, a bird lover, suffered from dementia and my pictures gave my friend something to share and talk about with her mother. I was very moved to know that I had helped someone in that way. So post away! You never know who will get just the pick-me-up they needed from your images.

  • Kevin Lj

    Thanks for sharing Dave, what a lovely story! It’s always special to know when your photos really bless someone.

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