Just like television, personal computers, and phones - cameras are everywhere. From the professional DSLR to the camera in your smartphone, everyone more or less has a camera they use to take photographs. Getting high-quality shots is not reserved for the few that have professional cameras. People have created their gauge about getting the perfect shot. Now, if it is common to get shots that are close to professional ones for a hobby, why still study photography?
Photography, like other art forms, does not discriminate against those who have training and those who do it for a hobby. It is a medium that can be a creative outlet and a business opportunity. No matter what side you are on, everyone can benefit from lessons:
Understanding how your camera works and how to maintain it
If you are working with a real camera, point and shoot or DSLR, you roughly get a general understating about how it works. How to take a photo, zoom in, and charge the battery are some of the basics that require no lessons. However, you do not get to make full use of your camera that way. There are many features besides zooming. Taking a class will cover aperture, white balance, and shutter speed. These features are essential and sometimes can even be found in smartphone cameras.
The courses also cover basic maintenance rules and quick fixes in case of emergencies. Your regular point and shoot camera may not need much, but if you have a DSLR then maintenance is a crucial aspect to get good shots.
Learn tricks of the trade and increase your chances of getting a better shot
The tricks of the trade go beyond understanding the features. While playing with shutter speed can help you take blurry or clear photographs, and white balance can manipulate the colour grading, another aspect of making a good photo is composition. Photography is not just about getting the best angle and capturing a moment—it can also be taking still subjects like a person’s portrait or a group photo. There are ways to make a picture more visually interesting just by working with light, angles, and frames. While you can take multiple shots on your camera and compare to find which one you like better, that route takes too much effort. Being aware of what makes a great shot and working within that area means you have a better chance of being satisfied with the least number of frames.
It polishes your natural skills
If photography has always been an interest, there are bound to be people who have natural skills. Even without training, they can take compelling shots. Beginner photography courses can help you polish your natural talents. A lesson on composition or working with different features can present a new possibility for those who have not yet discovered that side.
Met new people with the same interest
Besides the technical aspects, taking lessons is an opportunity to make friends within the community. You can create a hobby group that focuses on honing your skills by taking field trips or networking in the industry if you want to make a career out of it.
While there are many benefits, it is up to you to make the most of the experience. Anything taught can be applied, but also disregarded. Do not overlook the value of technical skills; they are there for a reason.
Image: Unsplash.comUpdated Date: 07 March 2019, 14:53