1. Find Your Best Role Model – Learning from the Master
One of the fastest ways to learn, learning anything including self-taught photography is to learn from the best.
Learn from those who are experts in their fields. Learning from the Best. Learning from the Master.
There is even a famous Chinese proverb that says: “Learning one night with a superior person, the best is as valuable as learning with ordinary people for years.”
It really saves you time, right? Well You can still learn self-taught, but learning must be directly from the person you are exemplary.
Your reference in learning. Not from the ordinary.
In the field of photography, who is the master of world photography? Well, it must be the world, not only from Indonesia. Do not develop.
If you want to be the best in the fastest way. Spend your time learning self-taught directly through references to the world’s best photography masters.
According to Tung Desem Waringin, Coach of Success No. 1 Indonesia, if you want to do something or master a field with a 98% chance of success, study and collaborate directly with the best people in the field in the world.
If you have not been able to imitate the best, at least have a professional mentor who can be an example in learning.
If you want to be likened, a beginner photographer is like a small child who still needs guidance.
In short, you must have a reference that you can make an example.
Whoever you think is an expert, you can become a master! Modeling is not meant to copy or imitate by copying it raw, right!
But, do an ATM (Observe, Imitate and Modify). Over time with a number of modifications that you do, you will be born with a new style or technique of your own photo.
The original style of your own creation. Cool, isn’t it?
2. Choose your best camera
Do you have a camera? What kind of camera do you have now, DSLR cameras, mirrorless, pocket cameras, or smartphone cameras? Whatever the camera, you can make it a tool, tool and vehicle for you to become a professional photographer later.
Like fighting, you must have weapons and ammunition.
Well, the camera is your weapon as well as your ammunition. 🙂 Take advantage of any camera you have.
However, if you want to be more serious in the world of photography, it would be better if you could invest your money and time to buy a DSLR camera or mirrorless camera.
Well, this is if you want to really seriously explore the art of professional photography.
As well as a form of long-term investment.
Thus, your learning process can be more memorable, memorable and inspirational 🙂
3. Learn to Recognize and Operate Your Camera
One of the most important first steps in learning self-taught photography is to learn to recognize and operate your camera.
What is the function of the features on your camera. What is the use of the buttons on your camera.
And of course this depends on what type of camera you have.
Honest, as a beginner, it’s easy for us to feel confused with the various buttons, menus, and features that are in a camera.
Especially on DSLR or mirrorless class cameras or film cameras.
It is definitely more complicated for the end of the day hahaha 🙂 Are you confused? Same, I’m also confused … well already, let’s just confuse the congregation bro hahaha 🙂
Whatever type of camera you have, basically there are 3 basic standard features that are owned by almost all types of cameras.
What are they? Shutter speed, aperture and ISO level.
By understanding the usefulness of each feature, it will be easier for you to produce cool, interesting and quality photos.
4. Closer Image To Object – Focus On Objects In Photos
Every time you see an object, move closer (you can also use zoom, but it’s not too recommended) so that the frame or photo appears to be filled with the object you want to focus on.
Do not leave a lot of empty space in your frame or photo because it will look unattractive by the eyes that look at and the object of the photo does not look detailed.
Try to pay attention to 2 photos below. Which do you think is more interesting to see? First or second photo? If you are observant, clearly the second photo is more interesting and beautiful to see, right? 🙂
5. Quickly snap to capture moments
AnganDo not hesitate and take too long in setting and setting up your camera, because maybe you can lose good moments to capture on your shooting object.
Therefore, take as many pictures as possible as quickly as possible, as soon as possible.
No need to worry and worry about taking too many pictures because you can delete them later.
The important thing is to capture first, take a snapshot quickly, and then learn each of the photos that have been taken.
Which one must be maintained and which must be discarded. It’s that simple hehehe 🙂
6. Learn the interesting aspects of photo composition
EkThe composition aspect plays a very important role in photography. If one might say one of the most important.
Especially for those of you who like and have passion in photography.
Because the composition will determine how good your photos are, whether your photos have meaning or stories or feel or just snap – snap shots.
Especially if you want to find fortune from your photos.
You who want to commercialize your shots, make every effort and effort so that your photos look good, cool and interesting.
Has a composition that is right, balanced and beautiful.
Because honestly, humans are visual creatures that are very easily moved by what their eyes see.
Well, if you have a photo with compositions and elements that are balanced, beautiful and interesting.
Don’t hesitate to commercialize it. You can offer it to people, friends or anyone who will be interested in the results of your photos.
You can use the internet and social media to commercialize it.
One thing you have to remember is to try to get your shots or photos to eye the focused object with an interesting and eye-catching composition, element, and color balance.
7. Selective in Displaying Elements in Photos
Be more selective and keep out unnecessary elements that can interfere and turn your eyes to the main object as the focus of your photo.
The term cool point of interest.
How to do it? Many ways. One of the easiest ways is to adjust the composition through the viewfinder or viewfinder on your camera.
Slide the position where you are going to take photos to avoid unwanted elements that can interfere with the main object in your viewfinder or viewfinder such as garbage on the ground, falling tree branches, electrical wires, your fingers or camera straps visible through the viewfinder .
Another way you can do this is by using a photo editing application or using a photo editor software like Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the elements that interfere with the beauty of your photos.
You can also do the panning technique to highlight the main object in your photo.
8. Learn Depth of Field (Depth of Focus Photo)
Take photos as often as possible, anywhere and anytime.
Do the shooting exercise using different openings and try checking your photos.
Learn how the Depth of Field (the depth of focus of a photo) affects the results of your shots.
You will find that the smaller or narrow depth of field (smaller f-stop, for example f / 2.8) produces an image that all focus is on the main object and the background looks more blurred.
This photo technique is suitable for photographing people you care about and you love like your child, your spouse, or your favorite animal, photo models, etc.
Conversely, for a larger Depth of Field (greater f-stop, for example f / 22) it will produce a photo focusing on all areas visible in the viewfinder or viewfinder.
This technique is great for photographing landscapes.
9. Experimenting with Shutter Speed
One of the things that is very interesting and fun when you wrestle in the world of photography is that you have the ability to slow down a period of time or capture a split second object.
Shutter or shutter is a mechanism that controls how long the sensor is exposed to light.
The longer the shutter opens more light can be captured by the sensor.
Shutter is shaped like a blade that can open and close quickly, but the length of time it opens can be adjusted, which is called shutter speed.
A high shutter speed will produce an immovable freeze object and a low shutter speed or slow shutter speed will capture the motion of a moving object (the image becomes blurred).
The two main factors that control exposure are shutter speed and aperture.
With the development of technology, there is now an electronic shutter which no longer involves the mechanism of the opening and closing blades, but fully electronic engineering.
10. Notice the Character of Light (Direction and Intensity)
Another term for photography is painting with light.
Use natural lighting, make sure there is enough lighting.
Don’t overdo it or not.
Note the character of light, how its direction and intensity.
This is very important.
Pay attention to the position of the sun so that you can clearly see the direction of the light source.
This is very important if you want to produce photos that are bright, sharp and clear.
If you want to do a photo silhouette, do a photo shoot with the position of the sun right behind the object.
Conversely, if you want the light to focus on the object, then do a photo shoot with the position of the sun in front or beside the object.
In addition to natural light sourced from the sun, you can also use the light or flash from your camera.
The use of lights is considered more flexible in determining the direction of the arrival of light so that it can produce sharper photos.
11. Watch Weather
One other determining factor besides light and lighting is the weather.
Take a look at the situation around you, outdoors now.
Does the weather support or not.
Think about it and decide whether you want to include the sky background in the photo or not.
If it is cloudy or cloudy, avoid the background of the sky as much as possible.
Conversely, on a sunny day, do a photo shoot by placing the sky as the background and elements in your photo.
If possible and your camera supports it, use filters such as Polarizer Filters.
This will help you make the sky more rich in contrasting colors and other interesting effects.
12. Use the Camera Mode that is suitable for you
Every camera, especially professional cameras such as DSLRs and mirrorless, has at least several shooting modes.
There are automatic ones, some are semi-automatic.
Don’t just get hung up and rely on AUTO or PROGRAM mode which is completely automatic because sometimes it produces photos that don’t match what you want.
Use the semi-automatic mode (such as aperture priority, AV, shutter speed priority, Tv, etc.) so you can control certain settings to get more beautiful and appropriate photos.
13. Learning Photo Technique “Panning”
Au Do you know what panning is? Panning is one of the photography techniques used to freeze the motion of moving objects.
The idea behind this panning technique is to overcome problems in capturing moving objects at high speed.
The characteristics of the photo with the panning technique are focusing sharply on the moving object while the background is blurry or blurred.
You might be curious.
How is the photo panning technique? There are 8 easy steps to apply the photo panning technique, see the tips below.
a. Select a shutter speed that is lower than you often use.
Start with 1/30 sec then try a lower shutter speed. The shutter speed used depends on the amount of light and the speed of the object, using 1/60 sec to 1/8 sec
b. Position yourself in a place where your guidance on objects will not be blocked by anyone, or anything. Also consider the background of your object, even though it will blur but don’t disturb your object. Colored backgrounds will tend to produce good blur.
c. If you use a long lens, use a tripod or monopod with a head that can rotate so that the camera moves more smoothly in following objects.
d. If you use a camera with servo motor focus, you can let the camera focus following the movement of the object by pressing the shutter button halfway down.
e. If your camera does not have enough auto focus, you must pre-focus on your camera where you pressed the shutter button.
f. Follow the movement of the object while pressing the shutter button halfway to focus on the object, if the movement of your hand is relatively the same as the object then press the shutter button fully (do it as gently as possible to reduce the shock on the camera)
g. After you press the shutter button, continue to follow the direction of movement of the object until the shooting process is complete
h. Finally, don’t forget to continue to practice, practice and practice. Why? Well, as the saying goes: “practice makes perfect” practice makes us proficient and skilled. Do a lot of practice in practicing techniques
14. Try Different Perspectives and Angles
Alah Try shooting from an unusual place. Try a different perspective.
Photos from an ordinary perspective or angle and perspective, the results will be mediocre.
Therefore, try shooting from a different angle or perspective.
For example, squatting and shooting from a lower angle and perspective than the photo object.
That way our photos will give a special impression that is not normally seen by normal human eyes.
Or occasionally try to photograph planes that fly from the lowest and horizontal places.
So that gives another effect on your eyes and photos.
Taking photos with a unique, different and unusual perspective can create a deep impression on your photos.
This will also make the photo more memorable (always remembered).
With a different perspective, it will create optical illusions or optical effects on the eyes so that the object of the photo produced looks unique, unusual and different.
Keep Balance Between Foreground and Background (Foreground and Background)
For some people, one of the biggest difficulties is photographing and capturing 3-dimensional natural scenery into a 2-dimensional photo. 3D becomes 2D without losing the essence and effects of the 3D. Confused?
I am also confused to explain, hahaha anya as simple as how to record the beauty of nature in a photo but, the photo still feels “alive” and really captures the natural panorama.
15. For your convenience, note the photo below.
If you notice, this photo has extraordinary composition and creativity.
Why did I say that? Try to look more closely.
The photographer is truly creative and smart to capture and capture and combine natural beauty with a 3D perspective.
Look at how far the mountains feel, because there is a tree as a comparison that is located closer to the eye.
This is one of the really beautiful types of perspective photos. Very cool, right?
16. Create an interesting concept
When you want to take a photo, do you often confuse what kind of photography concept you want to use? The concept in photography is very important.
The concept of photography is a basic idea that can be developed into a photographic work that can tell the purpose and purpose of a photo.
By knowing what concept you are stretching, it will make it easier for you to produce good, interesting and unique photos.
There are 5 types of concepts that are common in photography, especially as your reference when photo hunting. 🙂
a. Tempo Doeloe
Want to reminisce about the past? Happy with accessories and fashion in the 90s? Try this one concept. This concept was apparently still widely used by photographers.
Generally the end result of the photo uses black and white or sephia to better support the atmosphere of the past.
However, one thing that is not less important is the equipment, property and wardrobe especially when shooting so that it can strengthen the impression of the time you want to be displayed.
Do you like anime characters? If you love anime series and are happy with one of the existing anime characters, you can try this one concept.
To maximize it, use a studio and artificial lighting assistance that fits right after doing photo editing. Then the results of existing images can be more maximal.
This one concept is worth trying. Take advantage of locations that are rarely visited by people. 80’s nuances like crossing bridges that are rarely used by people. Also adjust the outfit or wardrobe used to add a more vintage impression.
This one concept combines and combines lighting, make up, and brush touch to create a unique and romantic, dramatic and sensual work from an object.
Don’t forget to do photo editing such as color correction, adding elements to the touch of a brush so that images that look more alive and attractive.
For those of you who are beginners, one concept is very worthy of you to try. Prepare a model who can do a pose that shows the shape of his own body (you should not face the camera).
You also don’t need to worry about how the costume is used because it is not the most important thing in this one concept.
17. Frequently – often see the work of other photographers
One of the other ways to learn photography self-taught is to look at the work of other photographers.
Especially the professional photographers.
Moreover, photographers who like to travel around the country specifically for photo hunting.
Usually their work is special and can be enjoyed.
From their work you can get to know and learn how to look at angles or techniques, lighting techniques, tone settings, selection of unique perspectives, and so on.
Some well-known social media such as Facebook and Instagram are usually the place or media for the photographers to display and display their works and prints.
You can learn a lot from the way they take pictures, aim at objects in a macro, adjust their light, adjust their bokeh effects, take their perspective and so on.