1) Buy a Camera
Whether you want it or not. The essence of photography besides the human being is a “camera”.
Without it you can say it’s impossible to study photography well.
I don’t say buying a ‘camera’ in the sense that it must be a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) or Mirrorless, the camera is a photography fan. Not not at all.
The first time I started taking a photo trip, I only used the old smartphone camera Xperia M, which only had a 5 Megapixel resolution.
Bogor Palace – photographed with Xperia M
Not bad. It is not like that?
If you can afford more money, it would be better if you buy at least a beginner class camera, but if it’s not there, take advantage of any camera that is in hand.
Moreover, today’s smartphones, most have good lenses and high resolution.
That is enough for starters. Many things can be learned even with a smartphone camera.
2) Lots of Reading (Articles About Photography)
“Buy book not gear”. Buy books not equipment (cameras).
That’s what Eric Kim said, a street photography maestro who has held workshops around the world.
He stressed the importance of seeking knowledge.
It does not mean that you really have to buy books about photography to be able to study photography on your own.
The most important thing is to seek knowledge about it.
It shouldn’t be a problem because there are so many blogs or websites that provide tutorials on photography.
His knowledge is available a lot, and it’s free. What is needed is the willingness to read it.
3) Do it Gradually
The main problem today is the instant mentality of people who want to be able and fast. Even though this is not the case.
Arbain Rambey has been pursuing the world of photography since the Middle School (born in 1961).
His name began to stick out after the mid-1990s when replacing Kartono Riyadi, Kompas Photo Editor before.
Imagine the time needed.
Well, when reading photography theories, don’t eat at once.
Do it gradually. When learning about compositions, which are a lot of points, take one by one.
Is it about Rule of Thirds to help object placement first or about color composition.
Each learns one theory, balanced with practice.
Take the time to do your own practice what is learned.
See the results, it’s satisfying or not. Do it repeatedly until in the end we feel “enough” before stepping into the next theory. Repeat the process continuously.
4) Frequently see photos by other photographers
Yes. Visit as many websites or blogs as famous photographers as possible.
Pay attention to the details on the photo.
Find out why the photo interests you. Is it because of the bold color? Is it because the subject is indeed unique? What is the moment?
Then compare it with our own work. Why do our photos seem “ordinary”? Why is this and why is that?
The more often you see the photos, the more familiar your eyes will be and the longer you will be trained to find many things in a photo.
All free because there are so many photoblogs or photo blogs in cyberspace.
All that is needed is the willingness to read to see it.
5) Learn Post Processing or Photo Editting
Each photo will always pass through the name of the post processing alias process carried out on the camera.
In fact, there hasn’t been a digital camera since (remember about dark rooms or dark rooms to process film negatives?).
Many tutorials about this on the internet. Search! Software or software to do it is also available on the internet, and many are FREE.
No need to spend money. I use Photoscape, Picasa 3 and several others to do edits on photos.
Want to pay too much.
Either way, learn and also diligently. Most photos circulating in cyberspace are not 100% just the results of the camera but also have passed post processing.
6) Do Photo Hunting
Yes. Photo hunting is one thing that will help a lot in learning self-taught photography.
That way, we learn many things, such as lighting in the morning and evening.
Then, how to deal with low-light conditions at night.
Photo hunting can broaden horizons and present challenges and problems that must be solved when shooting.
The more often you do it, the wider the insight we get about many things. Also more proficient we apply various theories.
Also, it can help us find “passion” and “photography genres” that match our character and style of photography.
To be sure, we can also practice various theories and translate them into action.
Take time to do photo hunting. No need to go far, just do it around the complex or in the city where you live.
7) Show off your photos!
Such expressions must be thrown away. Will not make us progress.
Indeed, there will certainly be criticism coming.
It is not impossible that ridicule is present, but that would not be feedback to assess the extent of our development in taking photographs.
Comments and views of other people can be used as benchmarks to correct various mistakes that occur.
That way, we can continue to correct the wrong and then move on to get better.
If necessary, follow the photo competition.
No problem does not win, but from there we can learn a lot from those who win.
What “people” are interested in and which are not.
8) Join the Photography Community
Photography is not something that should encourage people to be isolated from other humans.
Instead, photography should encourage people to communicate with others diligently.
Joining the photography community, people who like similar things, will be very helpful.
We can communicate and ask about things that we don’t understand to those who know better.
You can also get information about a good camera, where you have to service the camera, and so on.
In fact, of course you can join in the photo hunting that is often held.
After all, adding friends doesn’t hurt right? It’s fun even.
That’s what I did to study photography on my own.
Indeed, the results are still far from what was expected, but at least, until now, there are quite a lot of photos produced by shots I get good ratings.
Something that was never imagined when I first started. The slanted photo has decreased a lot.
The subject of the photo is getting clearer, and many other things indicate improvements.
At least, every time there is an activity in the home environment, where I live, many people will rely on me to record their moments.
An indication that improvements in skills and abilities have gained recognition.
Well, that is why I believe that what Arbain Rambey, the maestro of journalistic photography, said was true.
Learning self-taught photography was very possible. Everyone can be a photographer.
What is needed is willingness and consistency in learning and learning.