Taking better photos

@hdc4free (264)
United States
June 27, 2011 1:05pm CST
I am trying to learn to improve my photography skills as I love to draw and started taking more pictures to have my own reference photos. I am loving the camera and would love to get better and make some really beautiful photos, I like city scenes, nature and portraits and so far have just been trying to get out and take lots of photos. But I am so bogged down in all the technical language of cameras! I don't have time right now to take a class, does anyone have any books, websites, or other ideas of ways to learn? Besides just practice, of course I am doing that as much as I can, I try to take at least a few pictures every day!
3 responses
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
You could probably begin by watching tutorials from YouTube, if you really want to know some techniques and other technical matters about photography. From my experience in amateur photography, the only foundation that I have is the urge to do photography, and my challenge to myself to be able to enhance my subjects through photography. Most of my shots are only about food and my toys. That's also one thing to begin with. Try taking shots of things around your house. Then think of ways how to make it bigger, how to make it look much more luxurious, whatever! Just try to enhance your subject. And also, I always ask myself one thing: How would I look at this thing with the best view from my eyes?
@hdc4free (264)
• United States
28 Jun 11
YouTube, good idea! There are so many great tutorials on there I have learned tips for excercise, cooking, art, etc. etc. I don't know why I didn't think to look up photography on there! I was mad I had too much to do last night to get to play with the camera, I will try some interesting shots around the house tonight! Thanks for the tips!
• Canada
28 Jun 11
I would go to your local library and look through the photography books. If you find a book that you really enjoy and find useful you can always look online for it or see if your local bookstore can get it for you. By checking the library first you will save yourself alot of money. Another thing you can do is talk to local photographers. Some professionals are more than willing to give advice.
@hdc4free (264)
• United States
28 Jun 11
Good point, I have already made a couple mistakes this year buying books online that turned out only so-so, and there is a new library here for me to check out. :) I used to have some good friends who were photographers but I've moved away from them sadly, hopefully I'll meet some new folks out here I can get some advice from.
• Malaysia
18 Jul 11
Why don't you go to my blog http://ilovephotography-hadi.blogspot.com/ and I put some useful website to learn photography.I do agree that we as an amateur photographer, we should challenge ourselves to do some task.By that,we learn step by step.