Learn the Basics of Photography With These Practical Exercises

Everyone who loves photography gets to a point where they realize they need to learn the basics of photography to really control the images they create. We’ve all been at that point.

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Photo by Dariusz Sankowski

You start to realize that you can have quite an effect on your shots just by thinking about it. What would your drawings look like if you put more effort into learning the basics? What if you actually knew how to use a camera? What if you only know the basics of composition? What if you could catch that beautiful light on command instead of luck?

You made the realization that you have to study photography deeper than just the shots you have already taken.

but what happens next?

For many people, they turn to tomes – photography books that start from the beginning of camera theory and craft and carry it down to the specifics of a different genre. How light works. Refraction. Reflection. It’s not like something you’d read in a physics textbook.

And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing it that way. We have all read such books and benefited greatly from them. Hell, most of us still have a lot of those books in our bookshelves – I have a lot.

But let’s be honest…

Browsing through a tome on theory is as much fun as doing math homework. It becomes a real chore to keep going. Especially when you want to actually shoot. They usually read very dry. And though they’re chock-full of detail, you start to wonder how often you’re going to use what intricacies they describe in such detail.

But still, some of us turn to applications and post-production to turn our images into instant masterpieces. All it takes is a few clicks and suddenly your flower photo is gracing the cover of National Geographic?

Well…. NO.

Again, we’ve all at least tried the fast track to awesome photography. And again, while you can sometimes improve a solid image with a bit of good post-production, you quickly realize that there are a lot of very average shots among the good ones. You come to know that there is no substitute for learning to shoot properly.

The most unlucky of us go out and spend a little money on new equipment. Now, I don’t blame anyone for this. The big camera companies have entire people departments to make sure we’re all hungry for the next new gear. Again, we’re all in love with this and we’re all disappointed that spending $3k on a new camera didn’t turn us into the next Ansel Adams.

Application and post-production and even fancy new gear certainly have their place in photography, but they are by no means a threat to one who learns the basics of the craft well and puts those lessons into practice. To those who took the time to find out how to learn photography well.

But what does “good” mean in this context?

It gets to the heart of how people learn.

One of the things we have always firmly believed at Light Stalking is that to learn the basics of photography, you are usually best suited to combine your learning with practical shooting.

Learn by doing.

In fact, the idea was kind of an obsession for us.

We believe that if you actually had your camera handy while you absorbed these important lessons about the basics of photography, then you are more likely to learn those lessons in a practical way and you are more likely to incorporate them into your future habits. .

That’s why we developed our “Practical Photography Practice”.

These are designed as mini-lessons that you print out and take pictures with you. Each exercise covers one main concept of photography and ONLY that one concept.

And you can practice that concept with your camera. There. When you learn it.

The drills are 4 to 8 pages long and we try to convey as much information visually as possible so you’re not stuck there trying to remember where you like a regular book or something. like.

Now it’s not designed to get you into the fiery depths of theoretical photography. It is designed according to the 80-20 rule where you can get 80% of the information you really need in 20% of the time. From there you can choose your own path as to whether you want to go deeper with the concept.

There are Exercises that cover basic photography concepts such as:

  • Composition – Where to place the main elements in your frame can really make or break an image. This exercise shows you the most powerful possible options.
  • Light – We have some exercises on the basics of exposure and how to control it.
  • Edit – Every image needs to be edited (either by the camera chip or by you). This gives you the basics of where to start.
  • ISO – Learn how to control your exposure via ISO in this creative exercise.
  • Aperture – The essence of any understanding of how to use the camera and to get a soft blurred (or sharp) background depending on your taste.
  • shutter speed – A core part of camera craft which can be used creatively for various effects.

As you’ll appreciate, these are the core things we as photographers need to get to grips with as soon as we can as we look to up our game. And this Practical Photography Exercise helps us through it in a useful and fun way. No thick theory in sight.

Plus, you’ll just get more pictures to be proud of by doing our workouts than spending tons of money on new equipment. Learn to beat teeth every time.

Now look, we’re not saying you need this exercise. You just read this blog and everything you need to know is right here for free, usually with lots of details. And we highly encourage you to read them all.

With that said…

What we offer is This beautiful exercise in one place with the exact information you need to quickly apply the core lessons of photography in one easy place.

Plus, since we just launched them this week, they’re a serious 86% off with a bunch of bonuses. But it’s not too much longer.

So take a look at them here.

You won’t regret it.

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