How to Photograph Photography

Learn to take photos (1/4): The perfect order

Do you want to learn how to take photos, but you don't know what to do first? What's the best way to get great photos quickly and easily?

There is certainly an optimal order in which to learn to take photos. I would like to introduce them to you in this article.

How do I know in which order exactly YOU are learning to take photos? Very easily:

  • I studied photography and experienced all the ups and downs that you can experience while learning photography.
  • I have been giving photography courses for over 25 years and am very close to those who want to learn to take photos.
  • In my 9 books I have learned to structure photographic subjects in such a way that everyone understands them. Therefore! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, let's start with a quote that fits like a fist:

I know you want to go all the way to the top
but you have to go through the first floor

The Fantastic Four in "Get Free"

That's it - you want to start at the bottom.

There is no fast lane that you just take and pass everyone else. At least not if good photos are important to you.


Learning to take photos is more important than being able to use the camera!

Even if cameras can do a lot today, they don't know what and how you want to show something in the photo. You have to tell her that. So the photographer is always much more important for the end result than the camera.

You will not believe this? Then let yourself be lulled further by the advertising slogans of the camera industry and be sure to stop reading here. The following lines could change your view of the world - so get out of the field!

So make up your mind: Do you want to be able to take photos? Or do you just want to be a perfect camera operator?

  • A camera operator can explain all the buttons on his camera and knows what each individual function means. As long as he does not work with the possibilities of photography, however, he remains a snapper.
  • A photographer uses the options and capabilities of photography to get good photos. He uses the camera โ€œonlyโ€ for one purpose: to capture the photo he has thought up in his head. Then he can save it for himself and show it to others.

By now, at the latest, all those who think cameras are taking photos should have disappeared into the vastness of the Internet.

The sand is gone, what remains is the gold. ๐Ÿ™‚


How photography works

Nice that you belong to the gold! ๐Ÿ™‚

So you want to understand the basics of photography because everything is really based on that. I described these basics above as โ€œthe options and possibilities of photographyโ€. You will soon find out what exactly I mean by that.

If we stick to the above quote, then it is important to build a stable ground floor. If it is solidly built and you know every room on this ground floor, then you can put as many floors as you want on it - it will last!

The nice thing about it: If you know the basics well, you can already photograph everything. Yes, really everything! Because photography always works the same way.

Let's reduce it down to the essential options, you can photograph any subject with these four steps:

  1. Choose perspective
  2. Set the cutout
  3. Set depth of field
  4. Note the exposure time

That's it!

Each! Separate! Motive!


So let's take a look at the optimal order in which you can learn to take photos. How exactly the ground floor looks like and which floors you can put on it later.


Learn to take photos - that's how it works

I am very interested in you taking better photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Because I want good photography.

If you want to learn to take pictures, imagine photography as a house. Not such a small, fiddly colliery house, but rather an aristocratic or upper-class house:

  • The basics of photography are the ground floor, so you have to go through it if you want to go upstairs.
  • Then you come to the first floor. There you will acquire additional skills that will complete your knowledge of general photo technology and image design. The most important thing has been learned, only through practical practice it goes up.
  • As soon as you do that and take the stairs up, you are on the first floor. This is the best floor, the best-equipped apartment in our large residential building for photography. This is where you want to spend most of your photographic work - it's just too beautiful there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here you apply your basics, you photograph the four really big subjects of photography. For many hobby photographers, this bullet is enough and they really take great photos! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • At the top is the penthouse. To get in there you need the key for the private elevator, i. H. your knowledge of general photo technology and image design is no longer sufficient here. This is about specialization! Additional technical and creative possibilities are only available to you in cooperation with experienced specialists. They only give their knowledge to a small group of customers in exchange for an adequate energy balance - and not guaranteed in YouTube tutorials for free! After all, these blasters are already in the penthouse ...

I think this order is perfect for you to quickly become a really good photographer.


Learning to take pictures - the topics

You can find an overview of all of this in the following graphic.

I was so free to put together for you which topics you would find and learn on the individual floors of the house.

You will no longer want to photograph all genres on the first floor, because by then you have probably found your favorite motifs - and then continue to specialize in a single area.

Or you consciously want to be able to photograph all genres equally well, that's okay too, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

Whether you will sooner or later add Photoshop for image editing depends on your requirements and the type of photography you do.


What floor are you on today?

And where do you want to go?

Leave a comment now if you are hanging anywhere on this overview, have questions or want to tell me where your photographic journey should go. I'm happy for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here you come to part 2 of this series of articles, in which I introduce you to the ground floor and the first floor.

I will help you - regardless of whether you are a professional or a hobby photographer - to take photos the way you have always imagined and dreamed of. So whether you are looking to get started in photography or as an advanced photographer you keep coming up against the same limits: I will support you on your way and show you how you can realize your vision of individual photography. I studied photography, I am a book author for photography and image processing and a photo trainer.