How to learn photography without taking courses

We have already said here on the Blog that to be a good photographer you have to go through an arduous path. It takes a lot of study, a lot of dedication, a lot of discipline and especially a lot of training to get there. And when the money is short, the solution is to go for it alone. The important thing is not to stop photographing.

With your pocket in mind, we have created this guide on how to learn photography on your own and reveal your talent.

1- Use the camera in manual mode

Forget that there is an automatic mode and start operating your camera in manual mode . If you want to learn photography, the time has come to take charge of the situation and control the exposure of your photoIn manual mode you will have to control the 3 pillars of the photograph to obtain a perfect exposure. Over time, you get to practice and start to dominate the camera.

2- Analyze, criticize and learn

The best way to learn is to observe what other experienced photographers do. Look for prominent photographers and follow them on your social networks. Observe their work, criticize, compare with their photos and even try to imitate them. Observe the composition, the framing and the light.

Do the following exercise:

  • Choose a photo you like and answer the questions
  • Why do I like this photo so much?
  • What is it about this photo that catches my attention?
  • What bothers me about this image?
  • What would I improve on this image?

3- Watch videos on YouTube

Nowadays, learning photography by yourself is much easier than a few years ago. The internet is a great ally in this learning. There is a lot of free material available on the net that anyone can access.

Log on to YouTube or any other streaming platform and do some research on the topic, you will find many tutorials to study.

4- Read your camera’s Instruction Manual

The best photography course on the market today is your camera’s instruction manual. There you will learn how to master your equipment, which is essential to become a good photographer.

Your camera’s instruction manual has the answers to most of your questions. If you don’t want to stop and read it in its entirety, you can consult it whenever you have a question. Therefore, always have it at hand.

5- Be an observer

Observation is the best source of inspiration. No idea comes out of nowhere. It is by seeing the work of others that you will have ideas to create your photos.
Take time each day to browse the social networks dedicated to photography such as Flickr, Instagram and x500.

6- Invest in yourself and equipment

If you really like to photograph, there is no way: at one time or another you will have to invest some money in your career or in your hobby. Whether to do a workshop, participate in a congress or even to take a specialization course, or to buy a lens, a flash or some other equipment necessary for you to achieve a goal.

An example: if you intend to specialize in macro photography, you will need to buy at least a macro lens and an appropriate lighting set.

7- Practice every day

Every day is a day to photograph. Practice will be your best ally when it comes to learning photography. The more you shoot the more mistakes you make and the more you learn to avoid them. It is by making mistakes that you learn.

8- Make friends with other photographers

Do not live inside a glass bell jar. Interact on social networks, participate in photographic events and make friends with other photographers. So you exchange experiences and learn from other professionals.

By making friends with other photographers, you can get an internship or even a job as a second photographer and learn a lot.

9- Specialize

Find a niche to work and specialize. Focus your attention on this niche and become a reference on the subject, but be sure to take a look at the other possibilities.

10- Set a goal

When you pick up the camera and go out to shoot, set a goal and try to reach it. It is more productive than aiming the camera aimlessly.

As you can see, learning photography is not just for those who can afford expensive courses. The most important thing is to have passion and pursue your dream. Have patience and never give up. Photography is practice and learning every day.