5 must-read guides for absolute beginners in photography

5 must-read guides for absolute beginners in photography

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Get acquainted with the basic fundamentals of photography with the help of these 5 essential guides

If you're just starting out on your photography journey and you haven't had much experience with a camera beforehand, it can be a daunting task to know where to start when learning the basics.

"It can be tempting to work solely in auto mode, but if you push yourself to learn a little more, you'll have much more creative freedom when it comes to taking pictures."

It can be tempting to work solely in auto mode, but if you push yourself to learn a little more about manual mode and how your camera works, you'll have much more creative freedom when taking pictures. The best place to begin is with learning the fundamentals of photography - namely learning the different elements that make up a picture, and how to control these to get the best settings for your shot. Another good place to start is to get acquainted with composition - namely knowing the basics of what makes an aesthetically pleasing image. Once you've got a hang of this, you can use your knowledge as a springboard for further experimentation.

Below are links to 5 in-depth articles on these essential areas of photography education.

1 Understanding the exposure triangle

The 'exposure triangle' makes up the blueprint of every photo taken and once you have an understanding of how it works, can help you dramatically improve your photos.

Learn how the exposure triangle works with our guide for beginners

2 A beginner's guide to shutter speed

Shutter speed is one of the most important elements of every image you'll ever take. With our guide, you’ll learn how it works, why it is so important and how to manipulate it to improve your images.

Learn how shutter speed works in photography with our in-depth explainer

3 A beginner's guide to depth of field


Depth of field is one of the most powerful tools that you have in your photography arsenal. So, it is important to understand what it is and how you can use it in your photography.

Learn how to use aperture and depth-of-field to get the best settings for your shot with our beginner's guide

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4 What is ISO? A beginner's guide

If you're getting started in your photography journey, you're sure to come across the term ISO. Knowing what this means and how ISO works will help you to create much better images.

Learn how ISO affects your photography with our beginner's guide

5 beginner tips for improving your compositions

5 simple composition techniques that, with a little practice, won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and will improve your confidence with the camera.

Learn more about the 'rule of thirds' and other techniques with our beginner tips for photography composition
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