Some people are under the impression that only certain people can be photographers. While there is some skill necessary to hold a camera steady and find the right tools to get the perfect shot, the truth is that anyone can take baby steps to work their way towards becoming a better picture-taker.
At its very essence, being a photographer is simply being someone who can take a picture. While it’s certainly true that some photos are more interesting than others, everyone has to start somewhere.
If you have an interest in taking photos for fun, it is a good idea to browse existing photo websites to get some ideas. It isn’t necessary to buy an expensive camera right off the bat, especially if you aren’t sure whether or not photography will hold your interest. Honestly, your existing camera — even if it’s a cheap, digital one that you usually use for theme park vacations or taking pics at your kid’s birthday party — will do.
What you need more than a fancy camera when taking pictures is patience. A great shot isn’t always going to present itself the moment you want it. Instead, you often have to spend time searching and waiting. Rather than having an idea in mind when you go out to take photos, take a look around and see what’s already there. If you start your day looking for a red flower bending slightly in the breeze, you might quickly find yourself frustrated. However, if you instead go out with the mindset that you’re going to photograph what catches your eye, you will find that photos come easily and naturally.
When you get home, review the photos you took to see which ones really speak to you. At this point, you will have an idea of what your photography style is like, and you can work to hone it.