Hey y'all! Ready to dive into the world of photography? Whether you're curious about its history or looking to get started, you're in the right place.


Let's chat about the basics, answer some common questions, and help you on your way to becoming a photography pro.

WHAT IS PHOTOGRAPHY?

It's all about capturing light to create images. Using a camera to record scenes, moments, and subjects. Whether digitally or on film.


It's both an art and a science.

A QUICK DIVE INTO PHOTOGRAPHY'S HISTORY

Ever wondered when photography started? It goes way back to the early 19th century. The first successful photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. Crazy, right?


And who invented photography? Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is the guy, but Louis Daguerre took it further with the daguerreotype process. It became the first commercially successful photographic technique.

KEY PHOTOGRAPHY CONCEPTS

ISO IN PHOTOGRAPHY

You might hear photographers talking about ISO. It's basically the sensitivity of your camera's sensor to light.

  • Lower ISO: Less sensitivity, less noise
  • Higher ISO: More sensitivity, more noise

DEPTH OF FIELD

Depth of field is the area of your image that appears sharp and in focus.

  • Landscape photography: You want a large depth of field. Use a smaller aperture (higher f-number), like f/8 or f/16.
  • Sports photography: Go for a shallow depth of field. Use a larger aperture (lower f-number), like f/2.8 or f/4.

COMPOSITION

Composition is all about how you arrange elements within a frame. Good composition makes your photos visually appealing. Think about:

  • Rule of thirds
  • Leading lines
  • Framing

CONTRAST

Contrast is the difference between the light and dark areas in an image.

  • High contrast: Wide range between shadows and highlights.
  • Low contrast: Narrower range.

HOW TO START PHOTOGRAPHY

Getting started with photography is easier than you might think. Here’s how:

  1. Get a Camera: Use whatever you have. A smartphone, point-and-shoot, or DSLR/mirrorless camera.
  2. Learn the Basics: Understand exposure, composition, and lighting.
  3. Practice: Take photos regularly. Experiment with settings and subjects.
  4. Join a Community: Share tips and get feedback. Join our Facebook group.
  5. Take a Class: Learn from experts. Our classes in Wilmington, NC, are a great place to start.

READY TO START YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY?

There's no better time to start exploring the world of photography. Whether it's stunning landscapes, intimate portraits, or action-packed sports scenes, the possibilities are endless. Join our Facebook group to connect with other photographers, share your work, and get tips and feedback from the community. Let's start this photographic journey together!