Learning digital photography is something which large numbers of people now want to do, whether they are completely new to using a camera, or whether they have experience of using film cameras and want to make the transition. If you have experience of using a film camera, that will still come in useful, as there are few differences in the way the front end of the camera is set up. New people should also find that they are quickly able to take photographs of a reasonable standard, due to the automatic settings which can be used.
The best way to learn digital photography is by taking photographs, and this is where the digital format has one significant advantage. You can never waste resources, as any unwanted pictures can simply be deleted and overwritten by new ones. If you have an entry level camera, you should be able to achieve a satisfactory result very quickly, due to the fact that the settings are generated automatically by the camera itself. This will not give you the same quality of result that an experienced photographer would get from manual settings, but it will get you quickly started.
The next step is to progress to using manual settings, and to see if you can produce results which are better than those created by the automatic settings. This is where it is useful to practice by taking photographs of fixed objects in different light conditions. you can always return to the same place to take further photographs, to test out new settings, or just to experience coping with new light conditions. A photograph taken in the early morning will always appear completely different from one taken in the late evening, if there is sunlight to cast shadows.
These are the basic steps you need to take in learning digital photography, and they can quickly get you up to a standard where you are capable and confident. Even so, there may still be cases where a certain photograph emerges with errors. This is especially likely to happen if you are taking photographs of scenes which cannot be repeated, and of human beings. Red eye is one extremely common fault which has ruined countless photographs in the past, but which can now be corrected using the industry standard software which all professionals use. This software is not cheap, and if it is out of your budget range there are always free alternatives.
The Adobe Photoshop software which professional photographers use as of routine will allow you to achieve the best possible result from photography. Even when a certain photograph has not come out as you would wish, you can make alterations to it and improve its quality. Obviously, there are limits as to what can be done, even with the most advanced software modern technology can offer. Software should never be seen as an excuse to become lazy or to neglect the task of creating the best possible photograph in the first place.
One of the great advantages of learning digital photography is that you can be producing satisfying results even before you reach a high standard of competence. Anyone with an entry level camera will be able to take photographs of a reasonable quality before they even understand how manual settings work. Once you do understand these settings, there should be a dramatic improvement in the results you are able to achieve. The key to success is to experiment and to take notes, so that you have clear evidence as to the result of any given change in the prevailing circumstances. There should be satisfaction throughout the process of learning digital photography.