Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen Micheal Jordan
Who said photography was easy!
Photography is vital in our societies. What if photographers didn’t exist? If you can answer that question well, then you’ll understand the incredible role which photographers play worldwide. They do an excellent job which involves a lot of passion and dedication.
After ten years of being a photographer, there is one thing I have learned for sure: the journey of becoming a professional photographer isn’t easy. One requires a lot of time to master this art. You can’t capture everything at once.
In fact, I’m still learning new things/tricks every day. If you think you can only pick up a camera and Bing-bongo, you’re a photographer. Well…all the best in your career!
Today, modern technology has brought significant transformation to the world of digital photography. With DSLRs, you can now access more dials, buttons and menu options which can confuse newbies.
It may seem overwhelming to keep track of all these features, but you’ll learn everything step-by-step. Don’t expect to be a pro in a day! You will make mistakes like I did, but you’ll learn from them. One of my favorite quotes is “A master has failed more times then the apprentice has tried.”
People always love to see gorgeous pictures, but no one would think of the toll the journey may have taken on the photographer to produce them. In most cases, it’s quite challenging to come up with excellent photos to dazzle viewers if you’re shooting in remote locations.
Think of the weather, light, and timing which all determine the success of your photography mission. These elements can make or break your shot. Being a landscape photography, I have faced a lot of challenges associated with nature photography.
In this post, I will like to illustrate what it takes to be a successful photographer. I will tell you that it is much more than stumbling onto a beautiful scene and taking a shot. Without further ado, let me now share five key things every photographer should know.
1. Learn to Shoot
The first and the most important step as you venture into photography is learning to use a camera properly. You must have a COMPLETE understanding of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. At the bare minimum, you will need three essential pieces of equipment: a camera, a tripod, and a standard zoom lens (24-70mm) to get started.
You can have several other pieces of photography equipment, and you will need more to produce excellent photos, but the three items are good enough to start developing your photography skills set.
Besides the mastery of your equipment, you should also understand the role weather, terrain, and the light play in landscape photography. With this understanding, you will have a better chance of coming up with stunning images.
You can recognize a beautiful picture easily when you see one, but what makes a photo engaging?
That is a crucial question that lingers in the minds of new photographers. In a nutshell, it’s the layout of the elements in a photograph and how they relate to one another, the way some parts are razor sharp whereas others are not, the colors and the general emotional response these things evoke in the viewer. You should think a lot about this everytime you raise your camera to take a picture. However, it will become second nature with practice.
So, what’s “composition” in photography? It refers to the layout of objects in an image. Whether you use professional gear worth as much as your RV, the composition of your photographs will always have the greatest impact on the “dazzling” factor when your friends see your pics.
The color is one of the essential elements of photography. Perhaps, it is the greatest tool for creating the mood in a picture. Cool colors such as greens and blues can make the viewer feel calm or at peace.
Yellows and reds can evoke feelings of optimism, happiness, and excitement. A sudden spot of bright color on an otherwise monochromatic background can offer a strong focal point. The way you use color will dramatically influence the viewer’s perception of the photo.
Pay close attention to the colors in everyday scenes and try to use them to match what you’d want the audience to feel when he or she looks at your photo.
At the basic level, a camera is a device used to capture and record light; therefore shade and the light patterns are vital elements of any picture.
As a photographer, you should have an in-depth understanding of how light affects your camera operation and how it also affects the image generated by the camera. The angle of light and the level of light are the key issues to consider.
The angle of light refers to the position of the primary source of light in a picture and determines the distribution of shadows in a photo. The level of light can affect, determine the level of detail visible in the dark or light areas of the photograph: shaded areas will appear darker if you expose your camera to high level of light.
5. Master Post Processing
With the advent of computers and digital photography, everyone can now jump on the post-processing bandwagon, digital darkroom. You have the capacity to do it, then why not maximize it?
Post-processing provides a broad range of options to make corrections to your photographs and to overcome camera limitations (such as dynamic range and DOF). But, NEVER consider post-processing as a replacement to learning to shoot. Adopting the attitude of I will fix it later in the Photoshop will end up hurting your development and creativity as a photographer.
From my experience, one thing I have realized is that the path to being a successful photographer isn’t a direct one. It is a life long journey that takes several years of practice and patience. You will face a lot of challenges. Trial and error can scare most people away from becoming a photographer.
If you’re very determined and ready to learn, you’ll succeed in every step you make towards becoming a professional photographer. A career in photography can be very rewarding but you’ve key traits and knowledge needed to flourish.
Technical prowess should be a vital part of your photography armory. On the other hand, it’s also important that you become a shrewd businessperson and possess valuable people skills. Who said photography was easy 🙂