To become a professional photographer you need patience, determination and lots of training. You don’t necessarily need to have photography talent to become a good photographer; all you need is determination, vision and the right training.
Let’s face it; there is no easy job in this world. You have to pay the price. But there are some useful tips I will give you on how to be a professional photographer. I hope it helps you.
How to become a professional photographer?
Everyone can become a professional in his or her profession. But to learn everything in photography at once is not that simple. It is said that it takes five to six years with training to become a professional photographer. There are so many ways to build your photography skill under your roof. Lets read on.
- Avoid distractions. Distractions are one big success killer. If you want to become a professional photographer, you have to shun distractions. Say no to television and phones because they are the biggest distraction anyone could ever have.
- Learn to focus. Whatever you do, wherever you go, always look for photographic angles and subjects. As I said, shun distractions. Focus on whatever you are doing, watch at home, at work, on the road, walking the door, etc. always watch and pay detailed attention to everything around you.
- Always be with your camera. You never know when the inspiration will come, so you must always be with your camera. As soon as you see anything interesting and worthy of capturing (be it an object, landscape, genre scene, person, interesting texture, and so on), take out your camera and capture it. That way, you will be improving your photography skill.
- Read, read, and read. Reading is a very interesting way to boost your knowledge. You can start reading photographic literature. Read it everywhere; in the bedroom, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and everywhere. Just read! Read lost of books about photos, photo albums, mobile processing tools, successful photographer, online editing/proofing software, etc.
- Always ask yourself “why?.” After taking any shot, always ask yourself “why?”. Your art should be purpose-driven and not just for taking photos only. You should have a reason why you do things. Always open your mind and try to get the sacramental photography knowledge in every photo you want to take.
- Top common photo shoot mistakes to avoid
We are humans, so we are bound to make mistakes. However, there are some mistakes you shouldn’t make when you are working. The fact is that if you make these kinds of mistakes, it could cost you your job. These also applies to photographers, there are some mistakes you shouldn’t make as a photographer. Although when you are a newbie, one is bound to make such mistakes, but it is best to avoid such mistakes.
Here are some common mistakes you should avoid as a photographer
- Focus on the main subject. Sometimes when taking photos, you might capture something in the image without intention. When this happens, it might shift the focus from the main subject to that object. The object might be a light post or a bush. So it is best that you don’t focus too much on the main subject when taking a photo.
- A great camera makes a great photo. If you think that having a great, high quality camera will make your photos look good, then you are wrong, if you have a DSLR doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take any training on photography. To take good photos, you not only need a good camera, you need training too. You have to learn lots of things in order to be able shoot great photos.
- The frame edge. It is so embarrassing when you take a photo only for your customer to ask “where is my leg?” and you answer “I am so sorry, I forgot to include your feet.” This is so embarrassing. This mistake is so common in newbies. Sometimes, they miss the feet or hands of the subject. This mistake usually happens in architecture and landscapes photos. For example, the photographer might miss the top part of a tree or the tip of the dome of a church.
- Trying to bring everything in the middle of the frame. The fact you have to know is that you don’t have to bring all the things in the photo you take. This is one of the top mistakes most photographers make. Sometimes bringing everything in the middle of the frame is good, but not all the time. If you want to photograph a person, make sure you put the person to either the right or left side of the frame. You can take like three or four shots to find out which one will look great. Don’t be afraid of experimenting.