So, you’re into photography, you want to get your first camera and get serious about it. There is plenty to learn and it’s an incredible, creative journey. And before you start, Pierre T. Lambert shares three things he wishes he knew before starting photography. These may help you make right decisions when choosing which gear to buy, but also help you take better shots.
1. Lenses are more important than your camera body
Many new photographers ask which camera they should buy. It’s nice to have a good camera body, but what’s even more important is having a good lens. Pierre compares it to a window: having a crappy lens is like looking through an old and dirty window. And if you buy a good, high-quality lens, your camera sensor will pick up a nice, clean and sharp image, like when you look through a clean window. Interesting analogy.
2. Minimum shutter speed lock
The minimum shutter speed lock function is something that might spare you a lot of blurry shots. It tells your camera not to shoot below a certain shutter speed. So, when you shoot in the Aperture Priority mode, the camera won’t go below the predefined shutter speed, no matter the conditions you’re in.
Here are some tips how to set the minimum aperture for different situations:
- A subject that doesn’t move: 1/50 s
- Slight movement: 1/125 s
- A walking subject: 1/250 s
- Action: 1/500 s
3. Editing your photos
Finally, Pierre suggests that you should edit your photos. First of all, shoot raw, so you can extract as many details as possible from your shots. Edit your photos not just by applying Instagram filters or Lightroom presets, but really work on your editing skills. The editing can give a special touch to your work and help you define your style.
Pierre advises you to go over the top when editing and then come back. Always look at the photo a day later, because you may realize that you went too far with the editing, so you can tone it down.
As a beginner, there will be plenty more things you’ll learn over time, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. And for you non-beginners, I have a question: what are the things you wish you knew before you started photography?