No photographer on the planet started out as an expert. The best photographers in the world have years of experience and hundreds of thousands of failed photos behind them. But that’s no reason to quit on your dream. If you’re an aspiring photographer that’s just beginning his journey through the world of photography, here are 5 great tips that for beginner photographers that will put you on the right path to success. [no_toc]

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Don’t Immediately Invest in Expensive Equipment

The temptation to immediately invest in the most expensive equipment is present in every niche, not just in photography. However, although more expensive equipment can improve the quality of your photographs, photography itself is more than just high-resolution images and better focus. It’s possible to capture amazing photos with cheap cameras as well. The obstacle is not the camera you’re using, but how you’re using it. Purchase a cheap camera and start taking photos. When the time is right, you’ll have enough experience to know what type of high-end camera suits your photography style.

Always Have Your Camera With You

Photography opportunities are everywhere and they usually surface when least expected. Having your camera with you at all times is a great way to be prepared to take photos at any given time. Keep your bag light: a camera and a tripod is more than enough for beginners. This is especially useful if you travel a lot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a daily commuter through the city or you mostly travel in rural, less populated areas. Being ready to take a photograph of something interesting or someone who piqued your attention is a great way of improving your photography skills.

Create a List of Photography Interests

There are moments when you simply can’t carry your camera and tripod around with you. That’s when lists come in handy. This is most useful for places, architectural designs, and other static objects or buildings. Have a notebook with you and write down the address and your photography ideas. Better yet, if you use your smartphone camera you should bring more depth to your notes and take a few pictures as well. Write down some of the details surrounding your idea, such as lighting, colors, etc., so that you can come back when the time is right.

Keep Experimenting With Your Camera

There are many similarities between digital cameras. Even though you’re not using the most expensive DSLR camera on the market, chances are, your point-and-shoot or action camera is still very powerful. Don’t be afraid to read the manual from cover to cover and experiment with everything that your camera has to offer. It takes more than just reading to master some of the features. In the process of learning, take shots with different effects and settings and try to understand how everything works.

Always Take Photographs

Mastering the art of photography takes time and effort. The best way to do it is to never stop taking photos. Do it as often as you can and try to diversify the scenery and people you capture as much as possible. Versatility is essential when it comes to photography. Moreover, to keep yourself busy, try writing down and completing photography assignments on a regular basis. This will further help you diversify your portfolio.