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10 Photography dos and don’ts

Sunny Lee is a technology, business and photography writer for SheKnows.com. Along with an MBA, she holds a degree in Media Arts from the University of Arizona with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a specialist in corporate management...

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You've just invested in a new DSLR camera, but all of those icons and settings can be pretty intimidating. Don't fret! This hobby can be very rewarding. The more you explore, the more interesting your photography will become. These simple dos and don’ts will get you started!

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Do

1

Meet other photographers

This is one of the best ways to learn new tricks and techniques. Join groups, take a class hosted by a local photographer or attend an Instagram meet-up. You can ask lots of questions, and usually photographers are excited to teach.

2

Experiment

There are so many different things to experiment with. This is the biggest tip. Play with your settings, style, editing, cameras, accessories, etc. Try new things and don’t be afraid to mess up. You may end up with a really unique piece of art.

3

Accessorize

Buy things for your camera. You will need a lens cleaning kit to get that pesky dust off the lens. Try out a crafty strap so you’re not advertising for your camera brand. How about a fancy bag that matches your style? Get some new lenses, a flash, filters ... maybe even some lighting equipment. How else are you going to experiment?

4

Research

Subscribe to a cool photography magazine, learn all about your camera and the functions, stay up-to-date on the latest technology, follow photographers on Twitter and Instagram. The more you learn, the more you can try.

5

Share your work

Post your photos online and let the world see. There are so many photography enthusiasts out there that want to see what you are doing with your DSLR. Share with friends and family or even find a group of local artists and display your work in public.

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