While there are those whose photos are naturally a work of art, photography is a skill that can be learned. However, it starts with developing an interest. Once you have gained an interest in photography and learned the skills needed, doing photography becomes easy.
Thanks to the technological advancements in the mobile phone industry, we have seen mobile phone cameras with high pixels, which seem to be taking picture-perfect images. However, in this article, we focus more on professional photography.
As an aspiring photographer, there are things you need to know to perfect your art.
Let us delve into specifics.
- Consider purchasing a multipurpose camera
There are different types of cameras in the market. The most common one is the DSLR camera that has a detachable lens, and which is a favorite of most professional photographers. We also have the mirrorless, medium format, digital cine, and bridge camera. All these types of cameras have different functionalities.
So, as an aspiring photographer, you need to know your niche before investing in a camera. However, if you are still unsure, you can go for cameras that offer multiple functionalities. For instance, if you are looking to venture into the film industry and remote streaming, the digital cine camera is ideal. Fortunately, a large variety of DSLR cameras also allow for film talking, making them a viable choice.
- Know your camera
Understanding what your camera is capable of is one of the first steps of being a good photographer.
Unfortunately, a staggering number of photographers do not know their cameras. They rely on auto mode. For a person who is willing to learn the intricacies of photography, they must strive to understand the technical stuff.
For instance, you need to know how ISOs work and how stabilization modes affect the photo. It is unprofessional to always let the camera think for you. By understanding such technical stuff and how every camera setting affects your photo, you will be able to perfect your skill.
- Trust the process
No famous photographer woke up one day to find themselves popular in the photography scene. They first had to take a load of unattractive photos before they mastered the art.
This is also what will happen to you.
Photography is a learning process and to acquire success, aspiring photographers need to take it one step at a time. What most people do not realize is the fact that there is a huge difference between being a great photographer and taking great photos. Surprisingly, even a person with no skills can have everything fall perfectly in place, allowing them to take a great photo. A great photographer, on the other hand, is one who beats all odds to produce stunning photographs.
However, before you become a great photographer you need to understand how ISOs, shutter speed, exposure, focal length, and many other things. You also need to understand the different types of lenses, their use, and how to manipulate them to your advantage.
Not if you take it one step at a time. You need to decide what you want to learn and do it bit by bit.
- Be a master of light
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography. Whether artificial or natural, it is only by mastering the art of taking photographs in different types of lighting that you can truly be an expert photographer.
As a beginner, the best place to start is outdoors. Take photos in the morning, under the moon’s scorching sun, in the evening, and at night. While indoors, open the windows and take photos using natural light. You can also use a variety of artificial lights. During all of the above sessions, shift positions, and see how these positions affect the lighting on the photo.
It is, however, important to note that mastering light does not happen in a day. It takes time. It may come as a surprise, but even some of the most renowned photographers still encounter challenges with lighting.
- You need to learn post-processing
Post-processing is an essential tool for any photographer. After a photography session, some photos might fall flat. It is for this reason that you can use various post-processing software to enhance its look or to tell a story. With such tools, you can readjust the colors, brightness, contrast, and other things so that your viewer can grasp the concept of the picture.
- The latest technology in photography does not necessarily mean great photos
Technological advancements in the photography industry are ever-changing. In a bid to help photographers capture the best photos and to make their work easier, manufacturers are creating cameras with next-level technology.
As much as it is tempting to keep up with such advancements, you need to realize that the latest gadgets do not always mean you will capture great photos. As such, photographers should learn to use what they have. As stated earlier, you should learn to make the most out of your camera. That is how you will achieve amazing photos.
- It is normal to feel like your photos are not great
As a beginner, when you compare your work with some popular photographers, you may develop concerns over the quality of your photos. This is nothing out of the norm. The trick is to use that time to learn how to make your photos great and to learn everything there is to know about taking great photos.
After some time, when you see your progress, you will be glad and more confident in what you can offer your clients.
However, even after months of photographing, it is not uncommon for a photographer to feel like they are not giving their best. They might even seem as if their work is only getting worse. If you find yourself in such a predicament, no need to panic. The reason being, over the course of your career you learn so many things that you start noticing slight imperfections in your photo; most of which you never noticed earlier on in your career. Take this as a sign of growth and do not beat yourself over it. The trick is to look back at your earlier photos, commend yourself for how far you have come, and continue striving to take great photos.
- Photography is fun
If you are looking for fun and somewhere you can showcase your creativity, then you are in the right career.
Photography is fun. It is all about capturing still moments and making them memorable for a lifetime. Photos tell a story and as a photographer, you instantly become part of it.
Also, as a budding photographer, you have the luxury of being self-employed and expressing yourself. Also, by collaborating with different industry players like makeup artists, wedding cake vendors, fashion designers, and disc jockeys, you form connections and networks that may be essential in the future.
Besides, as a photographer, you see the beauty in everything; even the little things that, in most cases, go unnoticed. You get to travel to different places and see things that you would, otherwise, have never seen.
As a newbie in photography, use the above advice to traverse the interesting photography journey. To make the process even more exciting and productive, you can join a photography course or find a mentor. Also, you can get an internship program from a local photography studio.
Last but not least, since photography is a wide area of expertise, choose a niche beforehand.