Roger Hoit Offers Photography Tips for Newbies

Published February 16, 2023

Thinking about getting into photography? See what expert Roger Hoit has to say. Roger Hoit Explains The Importance of The Exposure Triangle

Thinking about getting into photography? See what expert Roger Hoit has to say.

Photographing can be a fun and engaging hobby. Further, if someone develops the right skills, they may be able to turn it into a job or at least a side gig for earning extra money. That said, developing talent typically requires a lot of practice and study. Photography aficionado Roger Hoit offers tips for folks new to the field.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, and most people won’t be taking professional quality photographs from the get-go,” Mr. Hoit explains. “Yet pretty much anyone will be able to improve their skills with patience and practice. Even if you never quite reach a pro level, being able to snap good photos is a great life skill.”

For a long time, photography was limited to folks with enough money to purchase professional equipment. A professional camera can easily cost north of a thousand dollars. Professional quality film and film developers could also be very expensive.

Now, digital cameras have made film a niche novelty, cutting film and development costs. That said, professional cameras are still very expensive. However, most smartphones now have cameras that are quite capable, especially if you’re new to photography and want to try it out.

“There’s no need to rush out and buy an expensive camera if you want to try photography,” Mr. Hoit says. “Yes, if you decide to become a professional photographer, you will want pro equipment. However, smartphones and affordable digital cameras offer a great starting point.”

Likewise, when it comes to subjects, it’s smart to skip models and the like when getting started. Nature offers the perfect low-pressure, quiet environment to test out taking photographs. Usually, subjects, say squirrels and birds, are readily on hand. At the same time, you don’t have to worry about folks looking over your shoulder or getting overwhelmed by a crowd.

Roger Hoit Explains The Importance of The Exposure Triangle

Camera in hand and destination set, it’s time to start getting the basics down. It’s smart to study the so-called “exposure triangle,” which includes aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Photography is all about capturing light, and these three factors will determine how your camera captures light.

The details are complex, but ISO essentially refers to how sensitive a camera is to light. The aperture controls how much light gets to the sensor. Shutter speed, meanwhile, determines how much light “flows” to the light sensor.

“The exposure triangle is one of the most important fundamental aspects of photography,” says Mr. Hoit. “Study it, and study it well. You might find a local photographer to teach you, or you can find videos online.”

Ultimately, light is perhaps the most important aspect of photography. After all, cameras essentially capture light and then turn it into an image. The same is true of a person’s eyes. In practice, photographers don’t need to understand the scientific details, but they do need to understand how light impacts not just the camera, but also, individual photographs.

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