Browse through Flickr or websites like the Digital Photography School Forum for inspiration and tips.
Also, your local library probably has a wealth of books on all types of photography.
If you’re interested in learning about post-processing, give free software like the GIMP a try.
Update: Also check out our Digital Photography Tips for Beginners Page.
It’s possible to get very nice photos with an inexpensive point and shoot. The more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade.
On the other hand, an inexpensive tripod is worth getting, especially if you have shaky hands like mine.
Make sure to note any important details, like the lighting, so you can come back at the same time of day or when the weather’s right.
If you don’t want to carry a notebook, send yourself an email using your cell phone with
You might not see anything interesting to photograph in your living room or your backyard, but try looking at familiar surroundings with fresh eyes.You might catch an interesting trick of the light or find some unexpected wildflowers in your yard. The best part of having a hobby like photography is never running out of things to learn. Look at everything with the eyes of a photographer and you’ll see opportunities you never noticed before.When I got a tripod, my satisfaction with my shots skyrocketed.For even more stability, use your camera’s timer function with a tripod (read our introduction to tripods). If you can keep your equipment relatively simple – just a small camera bag and a tripod – you might be able to take advantage of some of those unexpected opportunities.Or, if your phone has a camera, use it to take “notes” on scenes you’d like to return to with your regular camera.For those times you can’t carry your camera around, keep a small notebook to jot down places you’d like to come back and photograph.