So You Want To Be a Photographer?

So you’re interested in picking up a camera and seeing where that goes? Here is a list to give some insight, tips, and golden knowledge!

  1. Bring Your Camera… Everywhere

With photography, it can be surprising where a potential image can come from and because of this, it’s a really good idea to bring it along for the ride whenever you go out. It’s always the worst to have something catch your eye and realize you left your camera at home!

Whether you’re using a pocket sized camera or your trusty digital/film camera, it’s always nice to be prepared for when the moment strikes.

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2. Keep it Simple

You’re excited to get going with this photography stuff and I totally understand why. But, remember to keep everything simple. This will come in handy when you’re on gigs or showing your work to others.

‘Keeping it simple’ relates to not only the amount of gear you carry with you on a trip, but the genres you shoot. With photography as a craft, it’s a good idea to get very good as a few particular genres rather than being a little good in everything. People will be more interested in someone fully invested in their craft.

For me personally, I’m into Fine Art photography primarily. While this is my main expertise, I still know how to shoot classic portraitures and architectural shots, which will come in handy in the long end.

3. Get Online (Specifically Instagram…)

While Instagram has changed a bit throughout the years, especially since Facebook bought the application not too long ago, it is still one of the best photo sharing applications to date.

If you’re interested in creating a “portfolio” that is convenient to upkeep, Instagram is a great option for you. On the platform, you can follow others whose art you admire, therefore it’s a nice community based platform.

If you’re using Instagram for the main goal of getting clients, then be sure to tag your posts with a central location. This will make it easier for people around you to find your work and realize you’re a local artist! Don’t forget to use genre specific hashtags in the caption to pull in viewers with common interests such has #digitalphotography, #exposure, #aperture, and the likes.

4. Save and Organize Everything

Make a regular schedule for yourself in which you go through your digital files, sorting them and making sure metadata is up to date. If you are working with multiple software and hardware interfaces, it’s crucial to carry multiple copies of your files on a hard drive or SD card.

Pro tip: when going through photographs, always know the procedure for recovering deleted files in whichever software editing program you are using.

5. Don’t Compare Yourself

Sure, critically comparing your work with another’s can serve to be helpful. One can learn quite a bit studying the work of other artists. However, don’t expect to find inspiration in the artwork of other people.

Let your craft bleed out from within you and let it be something original.

These are some key points I wanted any and all beginning photographers to read and think about. Coming from someone who has been shooting pictures as an artistic expression for quite some time, these tips will be very important and will promote healthy progress in the long end.

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