Photography, just like any other skill, is a matter of one’s inspiration and perspective. There are a number of things one can do to have a great start.
The first thing you can do is find out what inspires you to try photography. It might be a single photo that left an impression or maybe having immense passion. Well, in my case, I was not much interested in photography initially; I preferred my mobile phone’s camera to capture moments. It took some time for me to understand how much the DSLR camera was different from my phone camera. I was able to see the difference after comparing the shots. Still uncertain, I had developed a liking for photography.
It goes without saying that you need to get a camera and take time to familiarize yourself with it. After that, you have to keep shooting anything that you find interesting. When I was a beginner, I would go to different places to take photographs with the different automatic settings that I knew at that time. Eventually I got to know more about the camera and that it had high resolution and flexibility for expanding with different lenses, flashes and filters.
Practice a lot. Try taking shots with different settings, lighting and different viewing angles. You need to know that great photos can be clicked almost everywhere – your room, rooftop or the old public park near your house and so on. You should often try taking outdoor shots too. It will be easy to try different compositions, since shooting outside would mean more vivid colours and natural exposure. Since modern day cameras have delete option, it is always possible to delete the excess shots or the ones that went wrong.
One of the most important things is to learn about the manual modes, and this is what makes the difference over other automatic settings, since you will have control over everything from aperture to shutter speed and the other details. You will find it easier to perfect those shots through editing. The best way is to shoot every day and dig deeper into the settings.
Since there is always something new to learn in photography, you should enjoy the whole learning process. You can enhance your skills by experimenting, watching tutorials, attending workshops and also getting advice from professionals.
Try learning photography one step at a time and have fun while doing so!