You can look through a lot of web pages about photography, professional photographers sites, galleries and so on, but you will not find the exact information on how to become an excellent photographer at once.
It becomes clear: to seriously pursue a photography craft needs a lot of desire, patience, and knowledge. In short, you, need to work hard to achieve this goal – a goal of becoming a good photographer from scratch. A professional photographer is not necessarily a person with a god’s talent, but someone who has a vision, who has a creative mind and works hard to achieve self-perfection. If you say to yourself: “No, it’s not about me,” then do not even try to become a photographer. Otherwise, you will lose money and spend time badly. If you are not afraid of difficulties, even having no talent, do not lose your heart. The photographer is an occupation which is the same as many other creative professions. You can learn, and again, work hard.
However, there are some useful tips on “how to become a photographer,” which we’ve managed to find and organize. We hope it will help you in your endeavors a little, and may be the first step on the way to the photographer’s lifestyle.
How to become a professional photographer?
Of course, there’s an opportunity to get a higher education in photography. But to learn everything in photography fast is not possible. People say that to become a professional photographer takes at least from five to six years of steady and regular training and development. Market conditions are constantly changing; if a person is ill-versed in it, he has to wade through a lot of difficulties. The fact is that what there was five or six years ago may be no longer applicable today. This also applies to the practical work, and education. Paradoxically, today photographers are not prepared in any educational institution, they start from scratch with the camera and simply do photography depending on practice and taking some theory from I-net. A complete professional education involves the viability of the labor market, a good level of preparation of the photographer, both technical and artistic. So, relying on that, there are some ways of getting knowledge for the future photography career.
Higher education in photography is available in many institutes of higher education, schools, training, etc. But now, according to professional photographers, this formation does not meet modern requirements. More and more people step aside from the formal education for independent courses or even free I-net lectures.
The problem is not only in the time lack or some global market tendencies, but also in the fact that the individual faculties of photographers, can be a sufficient basis. Also, the overall high demand for entrance exams can become a serious obstacle for the novice photographers. Studying online or in private with the craftsman turns out to be cheaper, more effective, and easy-going.
Most private schools, although compared to the public ones having the better technical equipment, have a serious drawback: as a rule, they do not teach mechanic photography basics like chromatic, and chemistry, photo processes and photo composition, or lack separate lessons on photographic technique and lighting. Usually, it is a photographer with a lot of shooting experience, both analog and digital, who does not always practice some photography disciplines. Again, most currently known professional photographers did not receive education themselves. So, anyone who wants to become a professional photographer does so at their own risk. There’s no sure way to become a good photographer just like there’s no universal recipe for becoming an excellent product manager.
Main problem of a professional photographer
The main problem of a professional photographer is that money on taking a photo will always stand in the first place. It’s enough to have a look at a good photographic technique and materials price tag to make sure of it. There’s no work for free, even if you’re an artist. And to sell good, you should follow the market demands, but not your ambitions, want it or not.
Another problem is the need for an art education, which is the kinda paradox. Of course, every new client wants to know if you’re keen on what you do, and your glossy diploma usually serves as a solid proof, if not numerous honorable mentions of respected customers.
Another issue which are kinda bias and a perpetuated stereotype is the fact that the photographer can not be regarded as a professional simply because he earns his living by filming. Everyone can be such a “professional” and benefit from a mediocre level in photos. True, without having a good reputation, the photographer will not be able to succeed. Being professional means understanding what the customer needs, even the most insane and inadequate ones. After all, they’re just people who pay you.
All this is complicated and time was eating. Anyone who has education, a permanent job, and a family, will never agree to constant moving in pursue of career photography laurels because it’s simply incompatible. No worries. You can be a photographer in mind and have a small circle of friends. Or you can take casual photos as a well-paid hobby, and your little passion, without chasing Siberian Tigers or Lady Gaga for a sensational shoot for neither National Geographic nor Cosmopolitan, whatever.
The last problem is technological progress. There’s no way to escape it, sooner or later your camera model will grow old and your editing software – out of date. It seems that new technologies are pushing forward the human. Yes, they do, but it is very important to keep up with these technologies, keep abreast of the latest innovations. The need for continuous learning a new, tracking the development of the photographic industry will always stand in front of a professional in additional to the aforementioned issues.
For anyone who wants to become a photographer, we say: “Welcome to the world of photography.” You’ll always have to be confident, trying to find something amazing, in the right place and just in right time to make a brilliant shot.
Simple steps: how to become a self-taught photographer
The photographer is an artist. This is a creative person. There are thousand various ways of becoming great from various famous photographers like Helmut Newton or George Edward Hurrell. Here’re some tips which, however, will perfectly fit an ordinary modern person willing to become a good photographer.
1. Drink a bottle of champagne in the morning, after the breakfast – for courage, and to mark the beginning of a new life.
2. Take a TV cable and cut it off. You can throw your TV set through the window, as well. Now you’re ready.
3. Realize and accept your new hobby (or passion) as its is.
4. For the first time, completely exclude reading some non-photographic literature. Read it everywhere: in the kitchen, in the bathroom, bedroom, and other locations. Read literature about the photos and photo albums, successful photographers, online editing/proofing software, mobile photo processing tools, etc. After some time, you will have a grasp of photography theory as a result of reading. Any information hunger for books and periodicals will be good for you and make the learning process easy and fun.
5. Train your eye, dwell on imagination. Whatever you do, look for photographic subjects and angles. Do not be distracted by nonsense. Focus, watch at home, on the road, at work, at rest, having sex, walking the dog, always, in general. If your attention is scattered, and you forget about the photos, use reminders.
6. As soon as you see something worthy of capturing (object, still life, landscape, person, genre scene, interesting texture, and so forth.), take a camera and picture it.
7. After making shots always ask yourself: “Why?”. Your art should have reason and purpose, and the history. Close your eyes, open your mind and try to absorb the sacramental photography knowledge spilled everywhere in the environment. Urge for inspiration in ordinary things that surround you every day, even in routine.
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