Here are a few secrets to help you get started as an amateur photographer:
As a photographer, you will need to be creative or you aren’t going to get too far. The easiest way of getting more creative is by taking more photos. The more you click, the more time you spend behind the lens and the easier it becomes for you to see things you wouldn’t otherwise notice. To develop the eye of a photographer, you need to see the shapes, light, patterns, colors, etc. where others don’t. For implementation-inspiration go to mrperswall.co.uk and look at how photos are used as wall murals and wallpapers.
If you want to see creatively, you will first need to free your mind and let it wander. Get in tune with your feelings. They will certainly drive a powerful photograph from somewhere. If you can get your brain, eyes and camera all on the same page, you would have opened up the door to becoming a professional photographer.
Yes, even a photographer needs to study. If you want to take a great photograph, you need to learn how others do it. Go through photography books and see what the experts have to say. They can have a great influence on what you end up clicking. The internet is another great place for you to get ideas. Visit Photo.net, Flickr, etc. not just to view the photos on display but also to study them.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to taking photos. If you want to be the best, you need to keep pressing the shutter. If photography is nothing more than your passion right now, you will need to find a way to take out time from your daily life for photography.
At the end of the day, having the right attitude is essential if you want to become a good photographer. Every single photo needs to have a story behind it and the sooner you can start developing those stories, the better it will be for you.