If you love taking photos, and want to get better at it, there’s a learning curve, just as with any art or craft. But it’s somewhere in the curve that most people get stuck; it can be frustrating. Learning photography doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. So, how do you get to the point where you at least understand enough of the fundamentals to start working on the real skills you can build on?
Learn Photography One Step at a Time
Learn about your camera, lenses, exposure, and lighting slowly, one step at a time. Trying to take it all in at once is looking for trouble. I’d also recommend learning the fundamentals of photography in a way that makes sense; learn things in a logical sequence.
Start by understanding how your camera works. Really get to know what the basic functions are and how they work. Learn about exposure and how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture work together to create an exposure. Use natural light and constant light before you try to wrap your head around flash.
How to Master Your Photography
One of the things I like to stress is keeping the tools you use to a minimum (while you’re learning anyway). For example, working with only one camera and one lens forces you to find ways to get the results you want with the little you have. When you push your gear to its limits, you end up bringing more out of yourself.
As you keep using that one 50mm lens for everything, you’ll make mistakes sometimes. You’ll make bad decisions, but you’ll learn from all of that. And you’ll learn from your successes, too. By working this way — by using the same basic kit over and over — and improving with every sequence of shots you take, Mastery of that kit will be the inevitable outcome. Then move on to the next piece of gear, or the next technique.