Photography is one of the hardest things I’ve ever studied — even harder than programming or learning how to write well, if you can believe it. Not that pointing a camera and pressing a button is difficult, of course. What’s difficult is getting a shot to match your vision.
It took me more than a year to produce the first photo I actually liked, and to this day I hate 99 out of every 100 photos I take. It’s a tough hobby to pick up and an even tougher career to pursue.
But don’t let that dissuade you from learning photography. It’s extremely rewarding. I firmly believe that everyone should learn a bit of it because photography has ways of improving your life, most notably by making you happier. If you’re an absolute beginner, here are a handful of tips that I consider must-learn-first material.