Photography Tips for Beginners

If you are just starting out in photography and you don’t know where to begin, or perhaps you have been taking pictures with your camera for a while and want to improve your shooting skills, the collection of material compiled in this article will not only help you in building up your photography knowledge, but also assist in advancing you to the next level. On this page, you will find everything from basic photography tips for beginners all the way to more advanced techniques and tutorials to help you grow and get the best out of your equipment.

Let’s start out with the essentials.

1) Know Your Camera

Before you start learning about photography, you should first get accustomed to your camera, so that you can find the relevant camera settings when we go over them further down in the article. If your primary camera is a DSLR, it does not hurt to know what a DSLR is and how it works. If you shoot with a mirrorless camera, we have a similar article that describes what a mirrorless camera is and how it compares to a DSLR. And if you want to take it up a level, we have a detailed DSLR vs Mirrorless article that lists every advantage and disadvantage of the two. If you shoot with a point-and-shoot camera, check out our DSLR vs Point-and-Shoot article that compares the two.

2) Buying a Camera

If you currently do not own a camera and want to buy one, we have articles on How to Buy a DSLR camera, Which Nikon DSLR and Nikon Lenses to Buy First and if you are a Canon shooter, we also have a great article Comparing Canon Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Wondering which brand is better? Perhaps you should read our Nikon vs Canon vs Sony article, after which you will hopefully realize that camera brand does not matter, especially for a beginner. And if you don’t mind buying used gear, we have an article on How to Buy Used DSLR Cameras and How to Buy Used Lenses.

If you are evaluating a mirrorless camera system, we have several in-depth articles for you. Start out by reading our Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Mirrorless Camera, then see our Mirrorless Camera Comparison article for a general overview of all mirrorless systems on the market and lastly, check out our in-depth article on Evaluating Mirrorless Camera Systems that gives our subjective rating on all the mirrorless camera systems on the market.

Want to put together a great camera kit? Check out our detailed Beginning Photography Equipment article.

And if you are not fully satisfied with all this reading material, we have even more links for you to check out on photography gear and how to buy it:

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