Resources for new photographers

I bought my entry-level DSLR in June of 2018. It took me several months to figure out the basics of my camera, but once I did, I began living and breathing photography. I work out of town so I spent my commutes listening to photography podcasts. On my days off, I read photography books and watched photography tutorials and put what I was learning into practice by shooting around my apartment— on my dogs, on my husband, on myself, whatever.

If you’re a new or learning photographer and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, I have some resources to share that helped me with my own journey. As you’ll notice, MOST of it is from the “So You Want to be a Photographer” podcast— it’s hands-down given me the most inspiration & help.

Take a quick scan and see what can be most useful to you!

Exposure & Beginning photography

For Dummies books - If you can, find a For Dummies book for your camera. I was floundering because I didn’t understand the basics of exposure or how different dials on my camera controlled exposure. The For Dummies book don’t actually treat you like a dummy, by the way.

Ben Long’s “Introduction to Photography” course on Lynda.com

Episode 20 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Get off auto, master manual mode in 30 minutes

Episode 28 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Bok bok bokeh: How to get beautiful blurry backgrounds

Episode 66 of So You Want to be a Photographer - The Matrix: Camera Metering Modes Explained Without the Need for a Science Degree

Episode 67 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How to Shoot in Low Light

Episode 136 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Should you work for free, and how to take your photography to the next level

Episode 141 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Crank it up! Why every photographer should embrace high ISO

Episode 202 of So You Want to be a Photographer - A complete guide to focal length and how it affects focus and depth of field

Episode 222 of So You Want to be a Photographer - What are the best lenses and camera settings for portrait and documentary photography?

Seeing Light

Episode 14 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Lighting explained without the need for a science degree

Episode 217 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How to see and read light

Artificial Light

Episode 17 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Get your gear off! How to use off-camera flash. Part 1

Erin Manning’s “Learning Studio Lights and Flash Lighting” course on Lynda.com

Episode 35 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Classic portrait lighting styles every photographer should know

Episode 58 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Seeing the Light: Rookie Lighting Mistakes and How to Overcome Them

Episode 89 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Your Guide to Buying and Using Speedlights and Accessories

Episode 169 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How to use coloured gels in photos

Episode 218 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How to work with speedlights for beginners, intermediates, and pros

Posing & Directing

Episode 19 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Girls on film. How to direct and pose women

Episode 29 of So You Want to be a Photographer - You’ve got male: How to pose men

Episode 33 of So You Want to be a Photographer - 7 Deadly Posing Sins and how to avoid them

Episode 43 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Group Hug: How to direct, pose and light group photos

Episode 99 of So You Want to be a Photographer: How to communicate effectively as a photographer

Unposed Fieldguide

Confidence & Style

Episode 25 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How to become more confident as a photographer

Episode 32 of So You Want to be a Photographer - Work it! How to find and develop your own photographic style

Episode 88 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How to Overcome Fear and Self Doubt and Thrive as a Photographer

Turning photography into a business

Episode 10 of Photospark - Taxes are no joke

Episode 24 of Photospark - Unprofessional Habits of Photographers

Episode 18 of So You Want to be a Photographer - KERCHING! Everything you need to know about pricing

Episode 47 of Photospark - Finding your dream clients

Episode 90 of Photospark - Live & Learn: Contract Edition!

Episode 96 of Photospark - 10 things we wish we knew when we started our photography business

Episode 99 of Photospark - Creating a marketing plan with Heidi Thompson

Episode 137 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How do you know if you are ready to start a photography business?

Episode 146 of So You Want to be a Photographer - How to find your photography niche

Episode 259 of PhotoBizXposed - Photography Business Growth by Referrals