Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away
It’s possible to get very nice photos with an inexpensive point and shoot. The more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade.
Make a list of shots you’d like to get
For those times you can’t carry your camera around, keep a small notebook to jot down places you’d like to come back and photograph. Make sure to note any important details, like the lighting, so you can come back at the same time of day or when the weather’s right. If you don’t want to carry a notebook, send yourself an email using your mobile phone
Don’t overlook mundane subjects for photography
You might not see anything interesting to photograph in your living room or your backyard, but try looking at familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. You might catch an interesting trick of the light or find some unexpected wildflowers in your yard. Often a simple subject makes the best shot.
Keep your camera with you all the time
Photo ops often come when you least expect it. If you can keep your equipment relatively simple – just a small camera bag and a tripod – you might be able to take advantage of some of those unexpected opportunities. Or, if your phone has a camera, use it to take “notes” on scenes you’d like to return to with your regular camera.
Enjoy the learning process
The best part of having a hobby like photography is never running out of things to learn. Inspiration is all around you. Look at everything with the eyes of a photographer and you’ll see opportunities you never noticed before.
Experiment with your camera’s settings
Your point and shoot may be more flexible and powerful than you know. Read the manual for help deciphering all those little symbols. As you explore, try shooting your subjects with multiple settings to learn what effects you like. When you’re looking at your photos on a computer, you can check the meta data (usually in the file’s properties) to recall the settings you used.
Learn the basic rules
The amount of information about photography online can be overwhelming. Be open to what more experienced photographers have to say about technique. You have to know the rules before you can break them.
Take photos regularly
Try to photograph something every day. If you can’t do that, make sure you take time to practice regularly, so you don’t forget what you’ve learned. An excellent way to motivate yourself is by doing the weekly assignments.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
If you’re using a digital camera, the cost of errors is free. Go crazy – you might end up with something you like. You’ll certainly learn a lot in the process.
Consider using a tripod
A good quality tripod is a valuable tool in getting great shots, in fact when I got my first tripod my satisfaction with my shots skyrocketed. For even more stability, use your camera’s timer function with a tripod. Remember to choose when to take your tripod, as they can become heavy very quickly!