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I hope everyone had a great day! I know I did starting up with this site and everyone being so nice! But I need help. I love photography and looking through some of your profiles I was amazed at the work you all create it is so amazing! I just started really getting into it because this is where my heart lies. I love art and looking at pictures so I gave it a try. Does anyone have any advice about getting into it or even just on my photos. I really need advice and looking at this website and all of you I feel I have a chance at some really great teachers. Any knowledge you can pass down to me would be grately appreicated! Feel free to check my photos out as I am to all of you! :)

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Comment by mark kennedy on March 4, 2013 at 3:16am

hi Helen, like you i'm a newbie only been taking photos of any kind for 18 months, and have only just discovered picture social, as a newbie i think your first port of call should be to join the group called photo criticism on this site and upload 1 of your shots, the photographers in this group are fantastic for giving great advice and tips as well as examples,and then as they keep telling me its practice, practice, practice and practice some more, but more importantly have fun and enjoy.

Comment by Penny Baxter on February 24, 2013 at 11:18pm

There are a lot of people on here who can give you some great advice how to take great photos. As far as getting into it. Take photos of whatever catches your eye, no matter how crazy you may think it is. I'm not a pro, but I think the one thing that makes a great photographer is taking random photos that just catch your eye. You will be amazed. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Comment by Helen M. Powell on February 20, 2013 at 5:13pm

Thank you very much Jordan. I actually just switched to digital a few years ago and I've noticed as well my shots were alot better than film. I constantly have my camera on hand. lol I never leave my home without it because I completely agree that you never know when you'll come across a random great shot! I accidently left it at home one time and watch this beautiful sunset near a lake and I was so mad at myself I swore I would never let it happen again! Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and such a warm welcome! :)

Comment by Jordan on February 20, 2013 at 3:38pm

Welcome to the newbie club, Helen! I'm pretty much a novice myself, so my advice may be moot compared with some of the amazing photographers on this site, but there's a couple of things that have helped me substantially, especially taking an autodidactic approach to learning the art.

The first thing (and most important to me, anyway) was that I started out with a film SLR instead of a digital. With the film SLR, you have a limited number of exposures, so you have to thoroughly plan out your shot. Needless to say, I ruined a few rolls of film before the pictures started looking passable lol. With a digital, you can store thousands of pictures on a tiny SD card, so you can take 50 or 60 pictures without thinking about the setup, and you know that at least a few of the pictures will turn out well.  

Secondly, keep a camera that's better than your cellphone camera on you whenever it's convenient. You never know when you're going to see something picture-worthy!

Good Luck!

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