How to Get Started in Photography

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Getting into the photography world requires first an interest and passion for capturing images, but it also involves the basic knowledge of how a camera functions. Find out how this professional freelance photographer got into the business with helpful tips in this free video on the photography industry.

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Hi I'm Alex Compton with Luminescence Photography in Pahrump, Nevada. I've been asked, how does one get started in photography? Well the best way I guess I could answer that is by telling you how I got started. I came about it as an artist and having a natural eye for looking at a picture and wanting to be able to capture that moment for my own personal use, I went and took a picture of what the subject was that I wanted to paint or draw, and then later on I would use the same camera in order to take the picture of the final result with the artwork. But a lot of people, that's not their case, they just want to take pictures of their family or friends or what have you but usually of course it starts with an interest. You have to have that interest. Don't be afraid to go out and ask questions from anyone and everyone. What I did when I was getting serious with the photography when it was becoming its own art form was when I went to a camera store to ask about what to buy I told the guy. I said I am new at this, I have an eye for art but I don't know how to take the picture. Most people who are in to photography will be more than happy to share their experiences and their advice with you. This one gentleman in question spent two and a half hours with me in between his customers explaining F stops and apertures, telling me what I would need in the beginning to set up in order to get those prints and told me again above all practice, practice, practice, learn from your mistakes.


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