Photography is one of the hardest things I’ve ever learned—even harder than programming or learning to write well. Pointing a camera and pressing a button is easy enough. The difficult part is getting a shot to match your vision.
It took over a year to produce the first photo I actually liked, and to this day I hate 99 out of every 100 photos I take. It’s a tough hobby to pick up and an even tougher career to pursue.
But don’t let that dissuade you from learning photography!
I firmly believe everyone should learn some photographyÂ because it canÂ improve your life andÂ make you happier. If you’re an absolute beginner, here are a handful of photography tips I consider must-learn-first material.
1. The Exposure Triangle
Photography is all about capturing light. Most beginners think the magic of photography happens in the camera body, but the true source of magic is light. A well-lit subject can be captured poorly, but a poorly-lit subject will never look good.
And to capture light well, you must understand the exposure triangle.