Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Let's start with the first tip which is very important. It's about cards and batteries. And I'm not sure if this happened to you or not until this point, but it happened to me a few times. I went on a trip or I arrived at a location and when I wanted to start taking some photos I sadly noticed that I have no sd card in my camera or my camera battery wasn't charged up. I was so angry and embarrased in that moment that I promised myself this will not happen again in the future. So now, I copy the photos in my computer, empty my sd card, put it back in my camera and charge up my camera batteries during the night before the next shooting day. This way is so much easier, I wake up with no stress, cause everything is charged up in the morning. As a bonus tip, you can have a secondary empty card in your camera bag, which stays there forever, just in case. You will only use this card if you accidentally forgot the main card at home. For my Canon EOS R, I use sd cards from SanDisk, I will link them below together with other things that I will mention in the video, make sure you check them out! And a short disclaimer, this video is not sponsored by anyone. The second tip is to have a small tripod with you. There are times when you travel and you end up in a very nice place so you want to take a photo of you and your friends or family, but in the same time to include the surroundings if there's a beautiful landscape behind you. The tripod is also very useful to keep your camera steady when you want to take a long exposure photo of the night sky or maybe of a waterfall. While you are a beginner I don't recommend you to have a heavy and big tripod. I would suggest buying a smaller one, like for example a flexible tripod that you can hold in your hand, put it on the ground or choose something like this one that is called SLIK Sprint Mini II. It's only 26 cm long or 14 inches collapsed, and it can extend up to 115 cm or 45 inches. The idea here is that you don't wanna get uncomfortable because of the weight of your gear. The photography process should be a pleasure and hey, before tip no.3.. if you enjoy this video, please help me with a like, subscribe and click the bell if you don't want to miss any of my future videos. So, the 3rd tip is to keep your lens clean. It doesn't matter if your camera is capable of shooting 30 megapixel photos if your lens is full of finger prints, grease or dirt. What I'm suggesting is to always have a microfiber cloth in case your lens gets dirty. Do not use your shirt, your coat, you should only use materials that are meant to clean glass parts. Tip no. 4 is to learn and understand what are the ISO, the shutter speed and the aperture. This is the only way that you will progress in photography. You will need to learn how to control your camera. You should be the boss of your camera. If the camera decides for you how to shoot photos, that's ok if you are just starting out. But if you want to reach to the next level, try to learn more about the basics: the ISO, shutter speed and aperture, so you can get out of the auto-functions of your camera. Trust me, this will help you a lot, because you will know what settings you will have to use in different situations. Tip no.5 is to buy at least a small camera bag, because you need to protect your gear while traveling and when you're not using the camera. You invested some money to buy gear, but you will need to take care of it. As a beginner you will only have to carry your camera with a lens, an sd card, a battery charger and a micro fiber cloth. All these can fit in a small bag like this one for example: this is the Lowepro 17L Nova Sport. I have it for a few year now, it's a shoulder bag, you have plenty of space in it, even for additional lens, you have exterior pockets, and of course it can be protected by a weather resistant material. Whatever bag you choose, just choose one, because you definitely need it. Tip no. 6 Try to find your own style when capturing images, I know it's hard, it's hard for me too, but I like to look at other photographers work and try to understand how they play with the light, colors, lenses and composition. Be inspired by them but don't copy images exactly as they are because your image will never look better than the original. Tip no.7: Share your work, because if you want to get noticed, your photo needs to be seen by many many pairs of eyes. And yes it's very easy to post your work these days through social media, but in the same time this place became a very crowded one. But, you can find lots of photography groups on Facebook where you can post your photos and get feedback, but you need to be aware from the start that you will receive negative comments and hate at some point. That's just the way it is nowadays, people don't care if their words can ruin someones passion or work, they say what they think and that's it. Of course there are also many people out there who are willing to help each other, and those are the ones who matter to you! Now.. I know there are plenty of other useful tips for beginners so what I suggest is to comment below with your tips. I'm sure they will be appreciated by other people here. I'm Criss, thanks for watching and see you next time!