Recently , I bought nikon d3300 . It is called as entry level DSLR. How can I take pix that look professional from this camera? :)

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    Practice, study, practice, feedbacks, practice. Did I mention practice? Also, high end lenses are a plus if you can afford it. – sparkhee93 Feb 10 '16 at 16:11
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    Sparky, you forgot practice. Oh and Study too. Did I mention study? – Rafael Feb 10 '16 at 18:48
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    If you don't also study, you're probably just practicing wrong methods and techniques. – Michael Clark Feb 10 '16 at 20:13

I'll just quickly go over the three things that I mentioned in my comment. But before I start, a few things to understand:

  • Making your picture look "professional" is too broad of a goal. So it'll be hard to pinpoint exactly what you need to do to achieve that "professional" feel to your pictures.
  • I'm sure you've heard people say "It's about the photographer and not the camera". Well, I'd hate to break it to you but that's not entirely true. While it is important for a photographer to know different aspects of photography such as lighting, composition, etc., there will be a technological barrier at a certain point. There's a very good reason why professional photographers don't carry around Canon T2i while repeating the phrase "It's about the photographer!". If you really want to compete with the professional, upgrading your equipment will need to happen at a certain point.
  • While it's certainly a plus to be good at many different areas of photography, many professionals actually focus on one thing. Whether that's landscape, portrait, fashion, or wildlife, most professionals will have their "thing". Of course when you're starting off, try to practice in different areas of photography but as you do more and more, you'll find yourself gravitating towards a certain topic that you excel in or find interest for. Try to utilize that.

Now on with the meat of the answer:


Studying the theoretical aspects of photography as well as the functionality of your camera can and will help you in the long run. Sometimes, the shot that you want to take can disappear before your eyes in less than 10 seconds (sunset/sunrise/moving subjects). And within that small window of opportunity, you want to be able to set the camera in the right settings and have the composition be ready rather than fumbling around, most likely missing that shot that you wanted to get. Know your camera inside and out and study how each pillars of the photography affects the other.

Not only that but you also want to study other's pictures as well. If you only focus on what you can do, it's easy to get into a biased and opinionated understanding of what photography is like. Like all great musicians or athletes, observe those who went before you. Study their techniques, their composition, the lightings, and even their EXIF if you can (it can tell you a lot of detail about what kind of settings they used). By trying to imitate them, you'll find yourself getting better and better.


I can't stress this point enough. You can study your camera, all different theoretical aspect of photography, and try to study other's pictures but if you don't put that to practice, you won't be able to grow as a photographer. Even if you don't feel "ready", sometimes the best way to learn to swim is to be thrown in the sea. This will help you solidify what you might've learned through studying. And from this, you will be able to get better at finding the right composition with the right lighting and mood--things that are more than just technical properties. And as you practice, you'll eventually find the "thing" that you have a certain pull for.

The first few (or thousands) of shots might not look so "professional" or even downright bad. But the key is to be determined and keep practicing. If you do that, through time, you'll see the improvements being made.


Lastly, getting feedback from others is very important. Otherwise, what I mentioned above can occur where you only have a opinionated view of your pictures. Constructive criticism can help you grow tremendously because you get to "borrow" their eyes to see something that you might've missed or can do better next time. It's a good gauge to see how you're improving and what steps you can take to become better.

One thing to note is that, don't be offended by what people may say about your pictures. It's easy to get attached to your pictures and/or feel great about them but the rest of the world might disagree with you. Take those precious wisdom that others are offering and use it to improve your next shots.

Try joining Flickr or other online community that you can share your pictures in. Even directly asking someone to ask for feedback is a good idea too.

DigitalRev has a series that shows what professional photographers can do with a cheap camera:

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