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Top Photography Tips for the Beginner Photographer

written by: Larry M. Lynch•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 11/4/2009

With such a vast array of options, finding out what to do and where to go to improve your digital photography knowledge and skills can be a daunting task. You can use these photography beginners' tips to help guide you on your way in areas including selecting DSLR cameras, equipment and accessories.

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    Tips on Photographic Equipment

    Knowing and being able to use your camera’s features and those of related accessories and equipment is essential to building skill as a digital photographer. Check out these reference articles on use and digital photography equipment application. Then try these photography beginner’s tips to help learn essential camera accessories and features that you’ll use again and again.

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    Photography Beginners Tips

    Here are some straight-to-the-point techniques on composition, equipment, techniques and other aspects for beginning digital photography beginners’ tips which can aid in improving your skills, knowledge of how-to techniques and deepen your knowledge of digital photography.

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    1. Select and use a DSLR camera with both essential features and some additional ones you can "grow into." With so many good models of digital single lens reflex cameras now available and more arriving on retail shelves each year, how can you narrow down the focus of just which features are essentials ones from those which are simply frills? Help in selecting the best options for your new DSLR camera are covered in the reference article "Top 5 Digital SLRs for Beginners".

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    2. Expand your range of digital imagery with some key accessories for your DSLR. Okay, so you have a good DSLR and want to expand your photographic range, but just which accessories are the most versatile to consider? Find out which are in "Top 10 Accessories for Your New DSLR Camera" Then add to your picture-taking ensemble and build your portfolio like a pro.

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    3. Learn the technical aspects of your digital camera and apply them to your photography. An aspiring professional digital photographer must know his / her equipment inside and out. "Demystifying F-Stop and Aperture - Photography Techniques" starts by addressing an essential in photographic exposure, use of f-stop and aperture settings.

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    4. Learn and use some key telephoto lens photography techniques. The reference article, "Understanding Zoom Lenses" will help you to do just that by providing an understanding of how zoom lens work and how they can be used to broaden your photographic range.

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    5. Hold your camera steady for razor-sharp, eye-stopping digital images. "Tripods and Tripod Alternatives: Stabilizing Devices for Your Camera" will discuss options for stabilizing your camera when shooting assignments or more casual digital images.

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    Digital Photography Tips on Image Composition and Technique

    What’s the difference between a "snapshot" and a photograph? If you really want to know and improve your photographic composition skills in the process, then you can deepen your knowledge and skills while you get the scoop on producing some really cool special effects too from these digital photography references for beginning digital photographers.

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    6. Use special effects photography techniques to expand your range and photography portfolio. All the world’s seemingly in love with special effects and they have a useful place in the portfolio of any digital photographer at any level of expertise. Try your hand at a few yourself after reading "Best Effects Websites to Put Your Face On Magazines, Money, and Other Special Effects". Then expand your photographer’s portfolio with a few daring new images you’ll be especially proud of.

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    7. Continually expand your photographic range and techniques. "10 Fun Photo Crafts - Get the Most From Your Digital Photos!" will definitely get you headed in the right direction with digital image-based crafts you can apply using your own photographs almost right away.

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    8. Get your name and photography "out there" and noticed by potential employers, clients and customers in a wide variety of genres. A great way to get tongues wagging your name is by scoring prizes in a photo contest or two – or three, or more. How? Well some useful tips and techniques to get your digital photography truly noticed and start edging toward the winner’s circle are here in, "Top 10 Tips to Win Photo Contests - What the Judges Look For".

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    9. Sharpen weak photographic composition skills to improve your digital images. "Rule of Thirds - Photography Composition Techniques" will help you to see and develop your digital photography composition skills which may well help to take you from the "amateur" to "professional" category in your digital imagery. Like they say, "A little moolah is good for the soul" – and aspiring digital photographers.

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    Learning Photography - Top Tips for the Beginner PhotographerIf you're just entering the world of photography and don't know where to begin, here are the best tips to help get you started.
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    Tips on Digital Photography as a Profitable Business

    Whether you’d like to score just enough cash to defray the costs of your digital photography pursuits or you’re getting more serious about making your digital photography pay off to a greater extent, you can reference these articles to get started in the right direction. Once you’re making even a small, but steady stream of income from your digital images, your knowledge, skills and successes will begin to multiply rapidly. From essential legal documents, basics of copyright and creating a client-getting photography portfolio, you’ll start earning from your photos in short order if you follow the tips and techniques detailed in these article references.

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    10. Always be prepared to capitalize on your photographs. Before you point and shoot that perfect, highly-salable digital image, you need to be legally prepared to capitalize on your photographs. In "Legal Documents that a Photographer Needs" you’ll find out what documents are a must for converting digital photography from a hobby into a paid endeavor.

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    11. Do you understand your rights as a photographer in this ever increasingly complex world with its constantly-changing rules on ownership, copyright and "fair use"? If not then the quick refresher offered in, "Copyright 101 for Photographers" will get you in the groove and perhaps even keep you out of court.

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    12. Prepare a client-getting photography portfolio that displays your digital images at their best. Learn how in, "How to Make a Photography Portfolio". Whether you’re showing off your images for fun, fame or profit, they deserve to be presented the best possible light and settings. Having a portfolio is an essential step that can pay multiple benefits and dividends when well done.

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    13. Sell stock photos to earn quick cash for your photography. It’s amazing how quickly you’ll begin to improve your photography once you begin to sell your digital images. One of the fastest, easiest and simplest ways to start earning cash for your digital photography is by selling them on stock photography sites. "Top 4 Stock Photography Agencies for Beginner Digital Photographers" will give you the scoop on how to get started selling your photographs as stock photography.

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    14. Consider digital photography as a full or part-time career. In today’s fluctuating economy, even a small but steady stream of cash each month can come in handy. Not only can a number of aspects of digital photography be easily converted into a regular source of income, but the increased focus on the craft will stimulate rapid improvement of your photographic and related skills. Interested? Then check out "Types of Photography Careers" for more information on a broad range of possibilities in digital photography.

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    16. What photographer doesn’t dream of seeing their digital images on the covers or in the pages of their favorite popular magazines? "Tips for Getting Your Photos into Magazines" introduces you to the tips, techniques and steps you need to know to at least have a shot at getting your images onto the pages of many different types of magazines. By the way, the money is nothing to sneeze at either.

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    15. Know your rights as a photographer, in "A Basic Guide to Photographers Rights" you’ll learn what the norms and accepted protocols are to keep yourself on the right side of legal situations which often develop during the course of taking and selling digital and print photographs. This basic guide won’t make you an expert but will introduce you to commonly encountered situations and aspects of which you should be informed.

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    Photography Beginners Tips

    So why not try out some of these straight-to-the-point techniques on composition, equipment, techniques and other tips on digital photography which can aid in improving your skills, knowledge of digital photography. No matter what area of digital photography ultimately interests you, these photography beginners tips will get you off to a flying start in practically no time at all.