The Lesson Every New Photographer Needs to Learn

Being new to photography can be a bit daunting, requiring you to tackle a variety of technical and creative ideas and approaches simultaneously. However, there is one lesson every new photographer should learn as soon as possible, as it will save them a lot of money and headache down the road and help them become better faster. This important video discusses the topic and how to get yourself on the right track.

Coming to you from David Manning, this excellent video discusses the importance of investing your time, energy, and money in education as opposed to gear. There is a tendency for beginner (and many experienced) photographers to fixate on gear as the path to growth. I was certainly guilty of this for my first few years. However, modern cameras and lenses are remarkably good, even at the entry level. And even those basic cameras can take us a lot further than we often give them credit for. However, the idea is not about handcuffing yourself with certain equipment, but focusing on growing your technique and creativity by investing in practice and education, rather than convincing yourself better images can be obtained with your credit card. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Manning. 

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Johann Thomsen's picture

This was a really great point made by David! It's not all about the gear you have, it's about how you use it to take those perfect shots.

Geof Hoge's picture

Just what I needed to hear. Thanks David. Just confirmed my decision to get FStoppers training!