How to Become an Amateur Photographer

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Things to take photos of
  • A way to develop your film

You have probably been taking photos for a long time. Maybe you even thought that you could be a photographer at one time. Well, you can with a little time and a little practice. Read on to learn how to become an amateur photographer.

Have your equipment. This might be something as simple as having a good camera. You can get good ones for less than $100 and you can also go with a digital format for a decent price. That's all the equipment that you really need and you can be on your way to becoming that photographer that you want to be.

Decide if you want to sell your work. You might be surprised at the odd places that your work might sell. You can try and enter it into state fairs as well as displaying it on your own walls. This will make it easy for people to see your work as well as for people to understand who you are as a photographer.

Decide if you plan to stay with color or black and white or if you will do both. Once you start taking photos, you might decide that color is just like what you already see and you might decide that black and white is more for you. This is fine and will give a new dimension to your work. It will also help you to get experience with that scheme.

Find things to take photos of. This might seem like a no brainer, but you should think about what you are taking photos of. You might find that a fence in your backyard becomes something that really is dramatic and makes for some great photos.

Take your camera everywhere. You never know when that great shot is going to show itself. If you have your camera with you all of the time, you will be more likely to actually get it and have a great shot too.


  • Don't give up. Keep taking photos, you'll get better in time.