Getting Started in Professional Photography
In any career, you don’t become an expert overnight. It takes patience, practice, and putting in the time to become exceptional in your chosen field; and this includes photography. If there’s one thing that you need to continuously do to become a great photographer it is this; practice, practice, and practice! Even when I was already getting paid for my photography services and being recognized for my work, I knew I still had a lot to learn. That’s why I kept on trying new techniques to improve my skills—all while acquiring new ones.
1. Practice and learn. To reiterate, practicing can greatly improve your skills so go out and shoot as frequently as possible. Do it on your lunch break, in the morning before leaving for work, or on weekends when you’ve got more time. It doesn’t matter when you do it, just do it!
2. Keep a journal. Every time you go out to shoot, I would suggest that you jot down notes particular to that day’s shoot. Keeping a photography diary can help you remember specific details that helped you capture that perfect shot, or remember certain components or elements that affected the quality of your shots.
3. Learn from others. Read books, blogs, magazines and other materials on photography. If you can get in touch with the photographer mentioned in the articles you’ve read, ask questions. If you have a colleague or buddy who’s into photography as well, discuss techniques and tips. I regularly receive questions on photography from readers through my blog and I am always happy to share what I know. Someday, when you have enough experience, it’s going to be your turn to be asked about tips and techniques, so be generous about these as well.
On that note, do you have tips or techniques you wish to share with other readers of this blog? Please let me know. Let’s all help one another achieve our goals of becoming experts in our field!