There are plenty of photography courses and helpful free videos available online to improve your own photography, maybe too many when all said and done! However, I’ve been heavily involved with photography for the past 14 years or so and believe it or not I’m still learning myself!! That’s the problem with photography, there’s just way too much to remember, so you’re bound to forget something here and there!!
When I bought my first digital camera – a Canon 20D, I read the instruction booklet from front to back and back again, but I just couldn’t process all the information in my head. It was the same when I upgraded to a Canon 50D and then to a Canon 7D MKII. With so much to learn, how am I going to possibly start taking decent photos, photos that I am proud of, photos that other people will truly like? The hardest part was taking photos that pleased me as I’m my own worst critic and I still am!!
In the beginning, I was buying books, DVDs, Lighting, Backgrounds, All kinds of filters and other equipment I really didn’t need. I spent a lot of money, which could have gone to better uses in the end. But being eager to learn I just kept on spending! 14 years down the line, and there are a few valuable lessons I have learned and this is the advice I would pass onto anyone just starting out or taking your photography to the next step.