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New Year’s Resolutions for New Photographers

Many of us have received or bought ourselves new digital cameras for Christmas and together with this comes the zeal to create great images. Sadly, the chances of this happening are small as most of us know that a camera doesn’t take great images, it’s the photographer. So what resolutions can you make that will start your photography journey in the New Year on the right footing?

“Silhouette” captured by Jaideep Singh Rai (Click Image to See More From Jaideep Singh Rai)

1. Read your camera manual

Please don’t stop reading this article because I said this. Go back to the box and get the manual out. In order for you to become a good photographer you need to do just that. Unless you know the basic functions and specifically the creative modes, you are going to struggle to get the good images you see in books and magazines. This is going to be important if you want to proceed to the next resolution. So, learn the basic functions and not the whole manual.

2. Find a basic photography course

This can be a book, an online course or a local photography course. Whatever it is resolve to find something that is going to lay a foundation and teach you the basics. You need to get your foundations right from the word go. If you are a self-starter then find books, magazines and internet based material that you can self-study. Whatever you do find something that works for you.

3. Plan photography time

Photography is not something you just decide to do and when you feel like it, pick up your camera and take some shots. You need to plan uninterrupted photography time into your schedule. This is not reading or learning time but finger on the shutter button time. Time dedicated to taking photographs on a daily or weekly basis is so important if you want to go anywhere in your photography journey.

4. Discover your photographic passion

What do you like doing in your life? What are your hobbies or interests? If you are a stamp collector or extreme sports person then the chances are that you will want to take photos of your passion. This is not always the case but it will help you discover your passion. So sit down, if you don’t already know, and write down what you love doing. Then ask yourself if any of these interests are what you like to shooting. There will be equipment limitations based on your camera and lenses so work within these restrictions.

5. Think before you shoot

Purpose in your mind right at the outset of your photography journey that you are going to think before you shoot. The disease of digital is indiscriminate shooting without a plan, purpose or thought. It’s like spraying a target with machine gun fire and hoping to hit the bull’s eye. Pretend you are shooting film and only have 36 exposures in your camera. If you can think before shooting and not hope that out of a hundred photos a few may be good, you are on your way to becoming a great photographer.

Remember that because you own a camera it doesn’t mean you are a photographer in the same way owning a box of paints doesn’t make you an artist. Resolve to do these things as you enter a new year with a new camera and start your new photography journey as your learn digital photography. Happy shooting!

About the Author:
Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography. His website is here.

Further Training for Beginner Photographers:

Check out 21 Steps to Perfect Photos; a program of learner-based training using outcomes based education. You will immediately start taking photos and then evaluate your own progress using the principles that you learn as I coach you through the photography process.

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