Tips for “newbie” photographers like me!

Ok, so if you have been following my blog or even just browsed through it today you can probably notice fairly quickly that I am “newbie” photographer.  I got my first DSLR camera (a Nikon D3000) as a gift from my partner on Christmas and I started my Project 365 1 week later.  Prior to that the only camera I had ever owned was a 3.2 megapixel camera phone.  I have found the Project 365 is a great way to keep me motivated to try new things and keep using and exploring my camera.  I thought I would compile a list of things that have been helping me along the way for any other aspiring photographers out there.

  1. If you do not have a Tripod go get one today.
    Not only is it a must have tool but you will find that all those camera settings make more sense after you see the proper results.
  2. Join Flickr even if you have your own blog.
    It is a great community to be a part of and gain feedback from like minded people.  The Live Flickr Comment Importer is a great plug-in that will allow you to import comments made on a Flickr photo into a WordPress post of your choice.
  3. Visit for great tips and tutorials.
    A good place to start for beginners is
  4. Google Picasa.
    I have Macromedia Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.5.  However as a beginner I have found the free Google Picasa to be invaluable.  Not only have I linked the web albums to my website so that all I need to do is drop my photos into a folder to have them available on my site but it also has easy to use basic editing capabilities.
  5. Do some reading.
    Digital Photography Magazine is great in the UK and I also have Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  6. Look at the world like it is a crime scene.
    This way you check out all the different angles, the small details and the bigger picture before you walk away from a great opportunity.
  7. Look at other professional photography sites and photo blogs to help inspire you.
  8. Some of my favourites are:

  9. Most of all, Have Fun!


  1. March 25th, 2010@23:01

    GREAT LIST! I couldn’t have put it better myself. I especially like how you cited things that, I thought, weren’t THAT well known, but that I absolutely love. I love the digital-photography-school site, as well as Digital SLR Photography (UK Mag). The best mags are UK mags. Flickr is an absolute must for anyone with a camera.

    The only thing I would add is that, when people are ready to learn about lighting, that they head on over to

    • UserSMaetwit@5Mae
      March 26th, 2010@00:15

      Thank you for the feedback. I am about to start looking into lighting so I will check out that website. Cheers!

  2. March 26th, 2010@00:43

    I agree with every single point. Even if I am a bit slack about following point 1.

    Thanks for the plug!

  3. March 26th, 2010@02:20

    Thanks for the link to my photo blog! I look forward to seeing all of your wonderful photos. I love your tip #6. I’ve never thought about the crime scene approach, but I like it. I’ll keep that in mind. The devil is in the details, they say.

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