As with most forms of art, one of the best ways to get into a great place with photography is to explore what makes some of your favorite artists’ work so good. Musicians will sit down with records and figure out how say Keith Richards or Tina Weymouth played their instrument. They will also explore what equipment each used to get a specific sound. For photographers things are almost exactly the same. You explore the compositional styles and techniques that your favorite photographers use and then look into the sorts of photography equipment they used to get there.
Whether your photographic influences are Henri Cartier-Bresson’s stunning minimal scenes or the vibrant highly defined portraiture of Annie Lebovitz, there is much that you can learn about using photography equipment and structure from just studying their photos.
As you come to learn how your favorite artists use their Canon SLR cameras, or might have used them assuming they are of an older generation, you can then begin to break away by following your own artistic guidelines. Eventually you will find yourself making huge leaps forward but not without standing on the shoulders of photographers past. The rich history of photography can be a great asset for young shutterbugs just starting out.
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