What To Know About Starting Your Professional Photography Career Part I

10 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting Professional Photography Part I

When you initially start out with photography, growth seemingly happens very quickly. You will measure your growth by the changes you see in what you do as well as the shots that you take. The following are some things that can help accelerate your growth according to a veteran of the industry.

Here Are 10 Things You Should Know When Starting Photography

1. Your Vision Will Change

The moment you start to approach photography in a serious way, you might never see things the same way again. If you prefer examining things critically, you will suddenly find yourself being a student of just about every photo and video you see. You will find yourself analyzing the cinematography and how the shots are set up whenever you watch a movie. Cinema might be a unique medium, but you can still draw a lot of inspiration from how the professional shots have been put together. Once you start to chase amazing images, you can be sure to transform your lifestyle. Staying out late or waking up early to find unique lighting will quickly become a normal part of your life.

You might start finding yourself analyzing photos for how they are lit and imagining how you would recreate them. The process of reverse engineering great shots is one of the best ways to grow your own work. Jumping headfirst into photography helps bring the right side of your brain alive.

2. Professional Photography Is Expensive

Photography is a costly hobby, especially if buying gear is your top priority. Once you buy your first SLR camera, you will have committed yourself to buy into a “system” of flashes and lenses that will only work within the confines of the brand you choose. Once you make that commitment, it will be very costly for you to dispose of the entire kit and migrate to a different system. Avoiding the costlier side of photography is a 2-part approach:

First, never link your success to the gear that you are using. It means that you should not buy into the mindset that getting one more piece of gear is likely to improve your work. When it comes to gear, there aren’t any magic bullets. The ideal way to acquire your gear is carefully and slowly.

Second, lower costs in ways that actually count. Buying used gear might be somewhat daunting for you at first, but it is one of the best ways to acquire gear that are otherwise beyond your reach. Making smart decision such as fast primes is a great way to fight your gear acquisition syndrome.

3. To Start, Skip the Stops

When a lot of photographers first learn about exposure, one mistake that they struggle with is to try to learn the exposure scale mathematically. However, memorizing the F-Stop scale, measuring the stops of light, and counting geometrically is all a waste of time, especially at the beginning. The most important thing, especially for beginner photographers, is to learn how the exposure triangle i.e. shutter speed, aperture, and sensitivity, relates as well as how to approach and balance exposure in creative ways.

You should not be too worried about counting stops and balancing light perfectly, especially when there’s a lot more that’s more important for you to learn, such as how to see good lighting, how to pose people, or even how to find photographic moments.

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