A Beginner's Guide to Photography

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Written by jessica-comingore
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I started taking photos with my parents' old Minolta film camera around the time I graduated from college. Since then, I've parlayed my love of picture-taking into a bonafide career, but I still love the process of snapping and developing pictures. Below are some of my personal tips for budding photographers. 
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01. Choose a Camera

A good vintage camera is an ideal place to start. My first camera was that hand-me-down  Minolta, but Pentax and Nikon also made some great, hardworking, user-friendly models back in the day. 
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02. Stock Up on Film or Memory Cards

If you're going the non-digital route, invest a small haul of different film brands with a variety of ISOs (that's the film speed). Then play around until you get the results you like. My current favorite is the Kodak Portra 400.
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04. Find a Comfortable Camera Strap

A comfortable  camera strap is a photographer's saving grace, especially during long day trips. Look for nylon or leather straps. And remember: the thicker the material the more support you'll get.
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05. Keep Your Camera Stable

Once you've got a handle on your new hardware, I suggest seeking out a  tripod. These lightweight, collapsible contraptions will ensure a steady shot, every time. I personally love shooting on my  Manfrotto model.
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06. Stay Organised

No matter what you're shooting on, your camera set up is sure to have a lot of parts. Keep memory cards, adapters and  battery chargers together with a small leather pouch or specialised camera organiser.
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07. Take It On The Go

Half the fun of photography is taking your camera out on the road. A multi-compartment  camera bag is an absolute must—use it to store your lenses, cables, chargers, and (extra) batteries. 

For more photo finds, visit my Photography  Essentials Collection. For picture-taking inspiration, check out my  Photography & Artwork and Library collections.
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