Some people buy themselves a powerful camera (professional) from the beginning, but only a year after that get to know all she can do. Others have a different vision: at the beginning the passion for Photography is not that big and a compact camera fits their requirements at the moment. After one year or so, the passion gets bigger and the ideas more complex, they feel strangulated by the camera limitations. Then they buy a professional camera and learn using the new functions a lot faster.
I admit I did not start with the books in front my eyes. Not at all. I started by pressing the shutter button and looking at pictures albums. I started by looking through the viewfinder and frame my ideas before pressing the button. Then I moved on into discovering the functions of the camera. And so more complex ideas were build in my mind.
For each idea I looked forward to see good pictures made by others. And even in this phase the book remained untouched. By looking in albums and see what pictures marked the history of Photography, you build a little database in your head, a database that will allow you to be creative. When looking around you, you will see in your head what others might have shot and you will try not to do the same.
But before this, I wanted rediscover the wheel to say so: to rediscover which setting fits a certain type of photography. Why? Because this way I can remember better what to do next time. Its all about learning from mistakes.
After forming my eye, and only after that, I looked in the book having by my side the pictures I took (the ones I thought were the best). I tried finding the mistakes in each of them: “oh, this one would have been a lot better if I would have decreased the exposure!” It is like this that I understood and memorized the meaning of the settings. It might be frustrating to think that if you would have read the book first you would have took that shot in a better way, but on long terms, this method helps a lot. To get away from frustrations, take the first shots in places you can always return.
Letting others comment your photos might help finding the mistakes faster, but, you should first know that Photography is Art and Art is subjective (what you like others may not and the other way around). Second, you definitely must know who is commenting your art: only advices coming from more experienced ones can be truly trusted.
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