ShutterRunner's 3 Principles to Learning Photography

Hey Guys, and welcome to my photography tutorials. As explained in the video above, the following 3 principles will be a theme in my teaching photography in all of the videos I have published to date, and the ones I plan on publishing in the future. Remember, these aren't commandments, just a series of guidelines we'll follow.

What You'll Need
  • A digital SLR camera, capable of shooting in RAW mode (or mirrorless equivalent).
  • A zoom lens. A wide angle, mid-range, or a kit lens will work just fine.
  • A tripod

Field Practice over Technical Study

While learning all the technical aspects of photography is important, nothing beats practice. With more shooting you’ll absorb context for the various technical elements that go into creating an image, and the technical elements will come naturally.

Careful Compositions over Post Processing and Rapid Fire

Modern equipment has afforded us two huge advantages over film photographers. With digital photography, there is virtually no additional cost to taking more photos. It can be tempting to apply a rapid fire or spray and pray technique to photography where we mindlessly click the shutter button hoping that one of the shots comes out nicely. Rather, we will apply a thoughtful approach to building compositions and not abusing the almost limitless memory cards that technology allows us. Additionally, modern software affords us the ability to make adjustments to our photos. While this is a great advantage, in order to become a great photographer, we need to prioritize capturing great photos in camera, and avoid the “ill fix it photoshop” mentality.

Having fun over gathering accolades

Social media makes it very easy for us to share our photos and get almost instant feedback. While this can be a great motivational tool, the intrinsic reward that comes with capturing great photographs is much more rewarding in the long term.