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25 August 2014 07:27
NiaomiMaiden
Model


Hi,

Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice, I've modelled before and currently work as a freelance make-up artist but i really want to get into photography. Obviously i know it takes years and lots of hard work to become successful but im just wanting to know where to start. Can anyone recommend a course or any advice?

Thank you


Dave Beasley is off-line
25 August 2014 07:55
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
Location
United Kingdom
Surrey
Guildford

Hi,
I started by doing a basic photography course in the evenings, at my local tech. college - maybe worth looking at what your local colleges offer.

Dave


25 August 2014 08:00
gminfocus
Photographer


Going to college generally takes quite some time to complete a course and will cover projects which may not be of particular benefit to you. So you might do best to get a nice local photographer to mentor you in the styles of photography you want to work in. And practice, practice, practice. A far quicker return on your time.

G.


Paul Hodson is off-line
25 August 2014 08:39
mph
Photographer
mph
Location
United Kingdom
Cheshire
Crewe

Offer TFPT - where PT is Photography tuition!
Amateur - happy to do TF with models with potential and enthusiasm. Website: www.mphodson.co.uk


Iain Thomson is off-linePlatinum Member
25 August 2014 08:49
IainT
Photographer
IainT
Location
United Kingdom
Bedfordshire


A camera is a simple tool and photography is not difficult if you can take a picture. Don't listen to people who try to complicate it. Don't listen to people trying to baffle you with technical stuff. Don't listen to people who try to sell you stuff you don't need.

All you need to learn are the 3 basic functions of a camera. Aperture (the hole which lets the light in) shutter speed (how quickly the camera opens and closes to let light in) and iso (rule of thumb, the less light you have the higher iso setting you need.

Forget everything else and spend your time learning these. (or if you can't or can't be bothered, get a good quality compact camera (one which gives the option to shoot raw) and use auto settings...seriously!) Once you understand these basic functions and can get images which are roughly correctly exposed you are most of the way there as far as technical stuff goes. The next stage is taking a picture, thats more important than anything. Most people cannot and no amount of teaching will help if you simply cannot take a picture.

Then...and this is absolutely the most important part of photography. Learn basic processing techniques in Lightroom or some other programme, its not difficult even I can do it and I have the computer skills of an ape wearing boxing gloves.

You do not need expensive courses...although a course in processing would be money well spent.
You do not need an expensive camera
You do not need expensive equipment
Treat the "rules" of photography with healthy scepticism and ignore them completely when you feel like it.

How you get an image is not important. All that's important is if its a good picture or not.


I tend to be a modest man, but then I do have a lot to be modest about.


Graham is off-lineSilver Member
25 August 2014 08:52
smooth_image
Photographer
smooth_image
Location
United Kingdom
South Yorkshire
Doncaster

Hi Niaomi

I am just down the road from you and we have worked together, I would be more than happy to teach you what I know, Not sure what style or type your looking for but I do all aspects from Models to Triathlons to weddings.

Get in touch, I also have a camera you can use while your learning

Cheers

Graham
'You hold onto your tongue, and I will hold onto my patience...'


Oliver Cook is off-line
25 August 2014 10:01
artistoli
Photographer
artistoli
Location
Europe
Malta


Quote from IainT
A camera is a simple tool and photography is not difficult if you can take a picture. Don't listen to people who try to complicate it. Don't listen to people trying to baffle you with technical stuff. Don't listen to people who try to sell you stuff you don't need. All you need to learn are the 3 basic functions of a camera. Aperture (the hole which lets the light in) shutter speed (how quickly the camera opens and closes to let light in) and iso (rule of thumb, the less light you have the higher iso setting you need. Forget everything else and spend your time learning these. (or if you can't or can't be bothered, get a good quality compact camera (one which gives the option to shoot raw) and use auto settings...seriously!) Once you understand these basic functions and can get images which are roughly correctly exposed you are most of the way there as far as technical stuff goes. The next stage is taking a picture, thats more important than anything. Most people cannot and no amount of teaching will help if you simply cannot take a picture. Then...and this is absolutely the most important part of photography. Learn basic processing techniques in Lightroom or some other programme, its not difficult even I can do it and I have the computer skills of an ape wearing boxing gloves. You do not need expensive courses...although a course in processing would be money well spent. You do not need an expensive camera You do not need expensive equipment Treat the "rules" of photography with healthy scepticism and ignore them completely when you feel like it. How you get an image is not important. All that's important is if its a good picture or not.



Spot on. You can pick up the technical aspects (or at least the principles of the technicalities) relatively easily. The real challenge is the creative aspect; getting those moments from the models. There are loads of photographers who can produce consistently brilliant photographs, technically, but aren't so many who can produce images with that special something. Of course, if you are looking at photography as a commercial venture then the technical aspects are probably most important, but if you are looking at it as an art form then its the latter. 



HowardJ is off-line
25 August 2014 10:04
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
Location
United Kingdom
Surrey
West Midlands

Practice. Practice. Practice.


Jonathan is off-line
25 August 2014 13:01
SandyCamel
Photographer
SandyCamel
Location
United Kingdom
Nottinghamshire


Quote from IainT
A camera is a simple tool and photography is not difficult if you can take a picture. Don't listen to people who try to complicate it. Don't listen to people trying to baffle you with technical stuff. Don't listen to people who try to sell you stuff you don't need. All you need to learn are the 3 basic functions of a camera. Aperture (the hole which lets the light in) shutter speed (how quickly the camera opens and closes to let light in) and iso (rule of thumb, the less light you have the higher iso setting you need. Forget everything else and spend your time learning these. (or if you can't or can't be bothered, get a good quality compact camera (one which gives the option to shoot raw) and use auto settings...seriously!) Once you understand these basic functions and can get images which are roughly correctly exposed you are most of the way there as far as technical stuff goes. The next stage is taking a picture, thats more important than anything. Most people cannot and no amount of teaching will help if you simply cannot take a picture. Then...and this is absolutely the most important part of photography. Learn basic processing techniques in Lightroom or some other programme, its not difficult even I can do it and I have the computer skills of an ape wearing boxing gloves. You do not need expensive courses...although a course in processing would be money well spent. You do not need an expensive camera You do not need expensive equipment Treat the "rules" of photography with healthy scepticism and ignore them completely when you feel like it. How you get an image is not important. All that's important is if its a good picture or not.




In essence, so very true.




Relax, take it easy and float down-stream with the Sandy Camel


Paul Hodson is off-line
25 August 2014 13:57
mph
Photographer
mph
Location
United Kingdom
Cheshire
Crewe

Don't take the bloody mystique away !
Amateur - happy to do TF with models with potential and enthusiasm. Website: www.mphodson.co.uk



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