Self Taught Photographer.

The beauty of photography is that it has a certain urgency associated with some kind of subject. ‘‘No photo gets taken without the need of it‘‘ – says photographer Isaac Gube and I have to agree with him. Even organising a fashion photoshoot or traveling the world is just creating yourself conditions you could take a good photo in. It is important to find your subject. Starting your own business or even finding a new hobby requires you to decide or find  yourself a space you can specialize in. Photography requires the same – you have to know where your camera will be used to reach the best results possible.

Choosing the right camera is not all you need to do, you have to read it‘s manual too. All of it. It doesn‘t matter how good or simple your camera is – it still needs a person to press its buttons after setting its dials and knowing it as good as you can will give you the best results possible. Keep in mind – it‘s not only the camera, lenses are important too: telephoto or zoom lenses will bring distant objects in focus, wide angle lenses are good for doing landscape photography or taking pictures of a big group of people, mid-range lenses are used for portraiture, etc.

Before taking any photos you should be familiar with exposure. It is  the combination of three main variables that controls how much light will interact with your camera‘s sensor or film. It is Shutter Speed, Aperture and Film Speed or ISO. The right combination of these three is what every single photographer needs but because everyone have a different opinion about it all you can do is to learn all these main variables and become able to understand them on your own terms until you will be ready to apply this knowlenge to your own photography.

Learning composition is important but it‘s not only about framing the picture right. Sometimes braking the rules can give you much better results than doing everything step by step, but we all know that before braking any rule you have to learn it and know it. Get familiar with fundamentals of composition (the rule of thirds etc.) and adapt it to your own work, after understanding it you will be able to use or abuse what you need to make your picture to look great.

You will probably  need other equipment while shooting as your camera is not everything you need. Lighting is important – if you are taking pictures in low light or at night you may need strobe flash, if you work in a studio you will require a stationary lighting system and indoor events may ask some different colour flash. You should consider the processing system as well – if you use a film camera you will definitely need a dark rood, if you are shooting with digital camera you will need a computer, editing program and maybe a good quality printer or a website too. Don‘t forget a tripod – it is useful for any kind of photography as you need to keep your camera steady. There are light-weight, backpack portable or heavy-duty weather resistant tripods you can choose from. Depending on what you are specializing in you may also need  some special equipment like a remote control, underwather adapter, background cloth and stool, lense filters etc. The most important thing is to know your subject you specializing in and what it requires.

Improving yourself is your everyday’s step up, nothing will help you to take better photos than practising as much as you can. The more you shoot the more better you will become as a photographer and an artist. Consider joining a photographers club or find someone to shoot with – we all have different experiences and this is why we always have what to learn from the others. Keep doing what you like and one day you will be someone you always wanted to be.

Transfering your hobby to a money making business (if you‘re brave enought to think about it)  will be easier after some time of practise. You will get to know photography so well you‘ll realise there is always something else to learn, to see, to discover, to improve. If you want to work as a photographer but don‘t want to worry about running your own bussiness you can work for a photographic studio. Being a successful staff photographer would require to  be versatile and flexible – a jack of all trades and master of most of them. A forensic photographer is a stressfull job so it needs strong nerves and concentration. Medical ilustrator needs futher studies in anatomy,physiology etc. that requires a natural interest in science just like being a scientific photographer. Museum photographers are often taken straight from college so there is no age limit witch is good for youngsters. Being a military/forses photographer is not only hard but a dangerous job too but don‘t worry if you don‘t like the danger you can always become a theme park photogrpaher and earn money from taking pictures of people who want to bring a peace of memory they call a photogrpah back home to show the others or just hang on the wall.  Of course – there are many other different ways to be a photographer and earn some money out of it – all you have to do is to find yourself a subject you enjoy taking photos of and specialize in it.

At the end it doesn‘t even matter how good your camera and your equipment was, how long did you spend trying to take that picture or how hard/easy it was for you – the picture is judged to be good or bad. People judge the photographer not the tools he used, so remember – technology is just a spark, it‘s the photographer who keeps the flame alive.

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