How to learn to take pictures? - this question naturally arises after the first purchase of a camera. There are a lot of options. I will recommend what I think is best based on my experience.
If you are still wondering “which camera to choose? " I would advise taking any a DSLR camera that you can afford. At first, there is no point in buying expensive equipment. And the differences between the initial models are minimal. Yes, there is a difference - take crop or full frame... But what kind of crop to take is not important. Moreover, the choice of lens is much more important. Here's another an article about what is more important than straight arms or expensive equipment.
Canon or Nikon?
This dispute is eternal. Since I have been using Canon for 10 years, I will recommend this brand. But that doesn't mean Nikon is bad. And then there are Sony, Olympus, Fuji, etc. There is such a good video on this topic:
I wrote about lenses in the following articles:
Again, if you're just starting out, don't bother. Get the standard kit lens that comes with your camera.
Tips for beginners
If you are just starting to photograph, it would be useful to attend a photography course. Can't recommend specific courses. This is not the point. If the process of photography itself is completely new to you, any courses that teach you the basics of photography will do. At this stage it will be informative and educational.
Tips for continuing
If you have been constantly shooting for at least 1 year, I would not recommend photography courses. It will be a waste of both time and money. Once you know the basic settings of the camera and know how to handle the camera, you need to learn more specific things. And the specifics on the courses are very few.
There are, of course, specialized master classes. But good masterclasses today it is very rare. Therefore, the emphasis should be on self-education. In any business, the main thing is curiosity and a desire to learn. Look for educational videos on Youtube, subscribe to Vkontakte and facebook about photography, download books about photography... All of this is free and effective if you really want to learn.
At any stage (for example, are you shooting month or 2 years) the most important thing is to take more pictures. The greatest growth occurs when working on your own mistakes. A very important point - can not be arrogant... Very often, photographers don't move on because they think their pictures are already perfect. This is wrong. I believe that the ability to photograph can be compared with the knowledge of a foreign language. You can speak very well and have a large vocabulary, but you never know the language completely. It's the same with the photo, there is always something to strive for further. If you think that you can do everything, then you have set a flow for yourself, above which you can no longer jump.
If you are concerned about the question "How long does it take to become a professional photographer?" I advise you to read the following article: