Getting into photography is one of the most rewarding hobbies you will ever be likely to undertake. The thing is though, that it is a very big subject. Learning the lot quickly is extremely difficult. That is why we put this list of photography tutorials and articles together!
We have separated things into the four main categories that will advance your knowledge – controlling the light, controlling you gear, controlling the composition and controlling your post production. We have then added a final section where you can drill down into specific genres of photography.
By no means is this comprehensive, but for a beginner to photography, it will give you a few hours of reading that will stand you in very good stead for improving you photography skills as quickly as possible. Let's jump in!
How to Get a Perfect Exposure Every Time
The first key to photography that you will want to get your head around are the elements of the exposure triangle and how they interact with one-another to give you a good exposure.
- The Exposure Triangle and How it Affects Your Photos
- Getting Started With ISO: A Beginner’s Guide
- Getting Started with Shutter Speed: A Beginner’s Guide
- This is What You Need to Know About Camera Aperture
How to Compose Powerful Images That Will Stop People in Their Tracks
Composition is a massive part of taking a good photograph, but there are a LOT of different guidelines and rules for it. Now, you might choose to ignore them and forge your own path which is fine, but if you want to get a basic background to general ideas behind what makes a good composition, then these links will help.
- The Rule of Thirds: The Rule Every Photographer Must Know
- The Rule of Thirds and How to Break It – A Comprehensive Guide
- Leading Lines as a Compositional Tool for Better PhotographsThe Golden Section
- How to Use Depth Of Field For Better Compositions
- Using The Elements Of Visual Design To Create Your Best Photos… Ever
- How to Use the Elements of Composition to Complement Each Other in Your Photographs
How to Understand and Handle Your Camera Like a Pro
Once you've got your head around exposure and composition, you will want to start to explore how you can use you camera to create and capture the image that you visualize. These links will show you how to use your camera for exactly that.
- Know Your DSLR Camera: What Do All the Controls Mean?
- Why Aperture Priority is the Most Preferred Shooting Mode by Photographers
- Shutter Priority Mode: A Beginner’s Guide
- A Beginner’s Guide to White Balance
- Histograms: The Key to Perfect Exposure
- The Crop Factor Explained
- Understanding Lens Focal Length: A Beginners Guide
- Why Camera Filters Are Better Than Adding Filters in Post Production
How a Digital Darkroom Can Put the Final Touches on Your Photos
Once you have been out and captured your image, you are probably want to make it look how you envisioned it in your mind. While you might have been lucky enough to get that right in camera (which should be your goal anyway) the chances are that you will need to do a bit of work in post production. Here are some links to start you.
- The Best Photography Software
- Lightroom, Photoshop and the Creative Cloud Demystified
- 7 Lightroom Workflow Tips For Simple, Stunning Landscape Photography
- 10 Lightroom Tools That Are A Landscape Photographer’s Dream
- The Ultimate List of Keyboard Shortcuts for Lightroom
- 3 Extremely Useful Photoshop Techniques you Should Know
- Why Curves is One of the Most Powerful Tools in Photoshop
These Guides to Shooting Specific Subjects Will Help You Get Started
Now that you have your head around composition, exposure, how to use your camera and how to add the finishing tips in Lightroom, you might be ready to drill down into a specific photographic genre that you are interested in. Here are a few of our more popular articles on how to photograph specific things.
- 50 Things You Need to Remember When Shooting a Landscape Photograph
- How to Get Great Portraits With Minimal Equipment
- How to Take Your Street Photographs from Good to Exceptional
- Resources on the Art of Macro and Close-Up Photography
- How to Photograph Food
- How to Photograph Sunsets: 10 Tips for the Perfect Shot
- How to Photograph the Milky Way in 12 Steps (With 6 Epic Examples)
- How to Photograph Star Trails: The Ultimate Guide
- How to Photograph the Moon (With 10 Great Examples)
- How to Photograph Snow
If you would like to supercharge your learning and get across knowing you gear quickly, then we suggest to take a quick look at Brent Mail's guide to getting to know your DSLR. He covers a all of the issues raised in the links above and it's in easily downloadable form that you can take with you anywhere. Have a look here.