You may remember some of my editing pointers from a previous post. I’d like to share some pointers to any beginners contemplating the pursuit of a professional career in photography.
- Do not quit your day job. Not right away. It may be tempting because after all, lots of people buy a camera and are photographers. Do not join the band wagon. Be a hobbyist, learn your craft. Take lots and lots of pictures in all sorts of different settings. Night, day, action, low light, bright light. Get to know your camera. Shoot at least one roll of film. If you’ve never done a photo shoot on film or slide film, you are not a photographer and you are not paying homage to the art. You should be able to capture an excellent shot in one take that does not require any editing after the fact. Shoot in raw, in manual, bracket your exposure settings. Take a class or two, just know as in all subjects, some teachers are better than others but the general information should be the same across the board.
2.) Develop a style. This is a competitive field and it’s an art, you need to bring something unique to the table. You can copy the ideas of other work you’ve seen done all day long but it’s already been done. If you have your own style it will set you apart. If you seem to not be able to find your voice, keep practicing.