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Thu May 2, 2013, 9:41 AM
When I first joined deviantART, I had no clue how to use Photoshop, but I had a lot of specific ideas in my head regarding what I wanted to create, and how it should look. It was thanks to people like insaneone, AlexandraVBach, zilla774 and kuschelirmel that I actually learned how to attempt to make such things a reality. I still wish I had half the talent that those guys have -- however these days, I find creating anything via Photoshop somewhat of an unispired task. 

I work from home, and clearly spend a lot of time in front of my computer. The last thing I want to do when I feel like creating, is stay seated! I have found that I take more and more photos recently and for a while I have been pondering purchasing a new DSLR -- so yesterday, I picked up a Canon 600D with a view to getting out and about and photographing as much as possible.

So my question to you is, what tips do you have for a beginner? Who do you know on deviantART that shares excellent tutorials, or photography guides? Which photographers do you find inspiring? Share! 


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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Congrats on the camera. :la:

Shooting everything all the time is a great way to find out what works and what doesn't.
Playing around with a lot of the settings can help you discover some awesome things.
Composition is also important, good composition can make for seemingly uninteresting things extremely interesting!

Shoot in RAW, by the way!

If you want inspiration, there's plenty of breath taking photographers out there!
^Kaz-D ^3wyl ^astridle `IsacGoulart `Anoya `zemotion *StefanHefele ~Alex37 ~PeterJCoskun *CalleHoglund *erezmarom
And so many others.
I can keep recommending if you'd like!


[link] ">portraiture tutorial
Creative Photography

Groups: General Tutorial List:

And [link]
Groups Directory Update for PE.
NovaDuck Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Also agree on the 50mm if you haven't got one already. Best "cheap" lens around. :D
Lintu47 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
    I agree with what ^3wyl said, the 50mm 1.8. is the best choice a beginner, as for the tutorials, the ones ^KovoWolf gave you are great for now :heart:

    Good luck, can't wait to see the new photos :hug:
4EverYoungKid Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Velox-Mortis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Velox-Mortis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find :iconjeannieblue: and ;iconpetrova: inspiring. I can't recall any tutorials of late that would be helpful, though I am sure there are plenty on here. I took a Black and White film class as part of my design program, it was helpful, even for digital work.
caddman Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist have done well my long time dear friend...we both have come a long way to the's only get's better from here...:)

the Canon 600D is an excellent camera...i own one...

tip...have fun and learn about the different tools the camera has...
with your art background you already see with the 3rd eye and in time the camera will be another way to express your love and passions...:heart:

i will keep my eye open to some good tutorials and will e-note you...

until next time my friend be safe and see ya in dreamtime...:sleep:

your long time DA friend ... Skot...:hug::heart:
PoetryOD Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Have fun!
phoenixleo Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Well, others have already posted a lot of good links. There's another outside resource that I find very helpful, Digital Photography School.
3wyl Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the key thing is to just go out there and shoot anything that captures your interest.. to experiment as much as you can and.. yeah, just enjoy it, really.

If you haven't got it already, I highly recommend getting the 50mm 1.8. It's awesome in so many ways. :D

As for resources, #CRPhotography has a lot listed here.
exarobibliologist Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
I would say just getting out and shooting as much as possible is what you want to do. Shoot exhaustively with your camera until you know how it works with your eyes closed. Then buy a different lens that expands your focal range into either the macro range or telephoto range and figure out the nuances of that lens.

The best way I've discovered to get good pictures is to leave the camera on RAW mode. RAW pictures have insane detail to them, and if you intend to photomanipulate them later they are the most usable for photomanipulations.

Speaking of photomanipulations, a great beginner photography project is to get out there and shoot your own stock!

If you want a tutorial that combines both photography and Photoshop, you can check out my HDR tutorial. All you need is a camera that can shoot bracketed images or one that can save in a RAW format, a freeware program called qtpfsgui (also known as Luminance on Windows), and GIMP (though this is more than possible to do in Photoshop as well).
TomWilcox Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Here is one of my favorite photographers on DA . . . [link]

Have fun!
randomaxes Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For photography, I cannot recommend ^Kaz-D's group #Still-Life-Stills enough. It's full of wonderful photography features and informative journals. The gallery is pretty stellar too. :D A couple of my favorite tutorials come from `mjranum-stock. He has an amazing tutorial for making your own affordable lighting kit called "Photographic Lighting" [link] His tutorial "How to Shoot Stock" [link] has some great tips that apply to regular photography, too.
Rushy Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Get out there and enjoy yourself!
AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: And looking forward to seeing your photographic work :)
Anoya Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Photographer
I miss `insaneone by the way =(
Anoya Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Photographer
Getting to know your camera is definitely the best advice I got at school. Experimenting what the limitations are and like `Timothy-Sim says; no limits. You don't have to specialize in one thing now, you can always pick what you like most later on. Try macro in your house, photograph your dog, your kids, the view from your house. Go walk a few miles, looking through your camera often, looking at things you might not have seen otherwise.

The things that taught me most at school were only shooting with prime lenses; instead of just zooming, you need to work to get a good shot, and only shoot Manual. That was a pain in the butt the first few days, but once you understand what does what and how you get the results you want, you don't want to shoot any other way anymore :B

I must say I don't really know where to find the best tutorials, but I do know ^Kaz-D has written some, but I saw her name in at least one other comment already.
I love reading artist descriptions that state exactly what equipment has been used, how they got to the end results, etc. That's been really helpful for me as well :nod:
Timothy-Sim Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'd take the camera out and shoot plenty of things. Don't limit what you like, shoot everything and then you'll find out you might hate sceneries but love macros, or love shooting people but hate shooting posed pictures etc.

Be a tourist in your own backyard!
And if you end up liking street and people start coming to you asking you to stop taking spontaneous pictures of them, tell them you're a tourist and you like the colour in the back and they weren't in the picture. Then smile and walk away.
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know that ^Kaz-D is goot with photography and often offers tutorials on specific things (I remember one about taking pictures of/in the rain or of fireworks)
adumvgh Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I started taking photos in 2007 with a Fuji camera. I practiced a lot and took photos almost every day. Played with the settings and tried out new things. Then the next huge step was to borrow my brother's Canon! Much more options, settings and so much different than the Fuji. He showed me some tricks but then he got busy so I had to discover the camera on my own.

Take photos of everything. Try picking something and take photos of it with different lighting, background and framing and from different angles.
I don't really know that much photographers here that give tutorials but I've seen a lot on youtube and in books. My brother bought a little book where they explained a lot.

Get inspired by checking out other's photos. You can learn a lot from those. About editing, framing and such. Those are not so hard to learn and you'll see how easily you take photos of things by using those important aspects automatically. At leasn this is how it went for me. Maybe it helped too that I'm a Visual Merchandiser student so colours, composition and placing is key for me :)
KovoWolf Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay! Photography!

Some of my favorite photographers are:

Excellent Tutorials that have helped me throughout my own photography. Including some awesome tutorials for post processing!
[link] - Lighting Tutorial
[link] - Reverse Macro
[link] - Sunset Haze Tutorial
[link] - Fun Macro Walkthrough
[link] - Excellent Night Photography tutorial
[link] - Post Processing Tutorial 1
[link] - Post Processing Tutorial 2

I hope you find this useful! :heart: Have an awesome time shooting some great photos! :heart:
AnaNaszynska Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
I think I developed my photography taste a lot by just seeing other people's work and trying to find a special and unique way to capture what I see as well. Sometimes special techniques can help as well, but I think composition is really the core of any photograph.
And I never really set myself a sort of project to photograph, I find it easier to go out and find hidden details that others don't notice. It's quite easy with architecture, a lot of lines and shapes and geometry plays that can give a large variety of interesting compositions. Other than that, just look out for the daily mini-miracles that you can eternalise in candid photographs with your new camera! :)
skulkey Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
~julie-rc is about the best photographer i've ever seen.
rainylake Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The best way to learn about your camera is just to play around with it. When I first started photography, I literately took my DSLR everywhere and took photos of everything, no matter how miniscule. I then studied the effects of each setting, sometimes with the same item, just so I could understand what was happening within the camera. With photography, you learn a lot by doing. :giggle:
halthewarrior Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist
*torivarn, *Trichardsen, and *TobiasRichter are probably three of the best photographers I've seen around deviantART. I don't know if they have any tutorials, but they're quite friendly people, and I'm sure they'd be more than happy to share with you!

And something I know from taking a photography class and just taking photos on my own, is that you have to look at what isn't there, instead of what is. Sort of get yourself to work to look for a good image instead of taking photos of something at random.
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