Best ways to learn photography

There has never been a better time to start learning photography. We live in an incredibly visual oriented world, especially now with Insta, Flickr, and Pinterest and more and more people are expressing themselves visually. However there’s a big difference between wanting beautiful photos and wanting to learn digital photography. With such a vast amount of ways to learn photography it’s important that you understand what is the best way for you to learn. There are actually 7 learning styles and in this in-depth guide, will walk you through the 7 best ways to learn photography, complete with tips that could improve your learning. So, if you’re serious about getting the best shots, read on!

A whopping 65% of us are visual learners.   

What is the best way to learn photography?

First you’ll need to work out what your learning style(s) are? And you’ll most likely have a combination of a couple. 

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinaesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (interpersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

But before you get started it’s always quicker if you know why you want to take photos. It helps find your style of photography much earlier in the learning process. Take a minute and think about the type of photo you want to master. If you’re not sure go get inspired by other photographers (hobbyist or professional) to see what you like. 

The best way for visual learners to learn photography is demos, youtube, courses and naturally photography coaching. Whether you’re doodles on charts and diagrams, or flicking through flash cards with relevant images on. 

Here are some of favourite youtube channels for learning photography to help you get started:

Around 30 percent of the population is made up of auditory learners, who learn best through hearing. You’re more likely to have success via conversations, talking this out, asking and answering questions. This is where podcasts, conversations even if online (if you read them out loud) and finally coaching will benefit you the most. 

Here are my top for learning photography to help you get started:

If you’re a verbal learner then let me spell it out for you.

It’s time for a chat. It’s the simplest and easiest method for you to learn. Find out people who love talking about photography.Find your nearest photography club or hop on a video call with myself. 

Kinaesthetic learners 5% need to be hands on, so get started with a photo challenge, workshop, or photography coaching. You learn best by getting a feel for it.

Here are my favourite photography challenges to get you started: 

If you are a logical learner, aim to understand the reasons behind your content and skills. Learn the basic process and systems, and why it works that way. 

Start with the logic of how exposure works: Photography 101.

If you are a social learner, aim to work with others as much as possible. Try to study with a class, club, group coaching or association. 

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For those of you who are more private, introspective and independent. Set yourself a goal and map out exactly what you’d like to achieve and what life will be like once you get there. Try keeping a photography journal, even via scrapbooking you or online. 

Instagram is a great place to journal your photography. 

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FAQ about how to become a photographer

Where to start learning photography?

Get familiar with your camera, and some of basic terms

What do you need to become a photographer? 

A camera and some patience. Learning photography is a skill, like training for a marathon, therefore you need to practice and practice.

What skills do you need to have to be a photographer?

  • Creativity (which can be learnt)
  • Patience and concentration
  • Attention to detail

Do I need a formal qualification?

No, you don’t need any formal qualification to learn photography, it’s about finding the right method of learning for you. 

Can you learn photography on your own?

Short answer is yes, but it’s harder. It’s much easier to learn photography once you know your learning style and find the best 

How to know if photography coaching is for me?

1:1 Photography coaching is all about finding the right way for you, and streamlining the learning process so only learn what’s relevant for you. If you’re still not sure where to start then I’d love to talk to you.