Welcome to Beginning Photography

Photography for beginners
We call this site Photography Progression because learning photography is a progression that takes patience and practice. Learning photography means learning all about your camera, learning about lighting and exposure and photographic composition so that you turn boring snapshots into engaging photographs worth sharing or even selling.

We built this site for people like us, beginner photographers. Not that we are new to taking pictures or using a camera. It seems that the picture in our heads never seems to materialize on paper. Beginning photography sometimes means just starting over and re-learning the basic concepts of taking a great photograph. Generally it is not the camera’s fault; it is the person holding it. As a matter of fact, professional wedding photographers are actually using toy cameras to take unusual and unique photos and getting paid big bucks for the effects so we can’t blame the camera (as much as we would like to).

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Photography for Beginners –Take it step By step

Taking good pictures - Farm store in fall

Farm store in fall

To learn beginning photography there are 3 main topics to consider. They are:

      1. Camera Equipment – Buy the right camera for you & know how to use your camera settings
      2. Photography Lighting – Learning how to use light in your photography and how to adjust your camera for different types of light
      3. Photography Composition – Bring out your artistic ability and be a photography director

Camera Equipment

We will discuss camera equipment in more detail on our Buy Cameras page, but for now, know that understanding exactly what all of the features and buttons do on your camera is very important to recording great shots. There are two basic types of cameras for beginner photographers. The smallest is a compact or “point-and-shoot” camera.

This camera is one of the most popular as they are easy to use and you can hide them in your purse or pocket and you don’t have a camera hanging on your neck. Compact cameras come with most of the features and settings of larger cameras and even have up to 30x zoom lenses on some models.

The other basic camera type suitable for beginning photography is the Digital Single Lens Reflex or DSLR.

These types of cameras are larger than the compact and will naturally have more features and settings. With more expensive models you can change lenses completely, but that is probably more money and trouble than most amateurs would want. These cameras will give you the opportunity to take professional quality photos especially when used with a tripod for stability.

Photography Lighting

The word photography literally means ‘drawing with light” translated from the Greek word. Photography is all about light. Where is the light source coming from? Use shadows or eliminate them with “fill flash”? What type of light is it?  Understanding how to use light in your photography is critical to making great photographs. We have a great article all about Photography Lighting that you can read here.


Firemen at work

Firemen at work

Photography Composition

Just like a painter sets up his canvas and adjusts his subject to just the right pose, so must the photographer frame his or her shot in the viewfinder and “compose” the shot to maximize the interest and ability of the photo to tell a story. Most digital cameras have a grid function where you can view a grid composed of 9 squares in your viewfinder to help you compose your picture. Most experts will tell you that unless you are taking a close up portrait you want your main subject to be out of the center position to draw your eyes into the photograph and create a more interesting picture. Check out our article on Photography Composition tips here.

 Progressing from Beginner Photographer to Master!

The difference between the amateur and the professional photographer is the mastery of these 3 concepts.  We hope to provide enough information in our photography progression website to take you to the next level. We will also point you in the right direction for more information and resources in learning photography throughout this site. We encourage you to send us your experiences, tips and tricks that you have encountered as you progress from beginner to star photographer.

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Fruit Stand – Naples, NY


12 thoughts on “Welcome to Beginning Photography
  1. I am so glad I found your website. I am just starting in photography and need some guidance that it’s “lay-mans” terms. I can see myself spending alot of time on your site.

    • Thank you very much for the encouraging word. Good luck with your photography, looking at some of the photographs you submitted to us, you are talented, keep on snapping, practise make pefect – Bill & Norela

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