Many amateur photographers and enthusiasts would at some point like to turn professional and make photography their career as many before them did. But before they make the jump, there are a few things they need to seriously think about. Here’s five to be going on with.
Before capturing, think about what you’re about to capture and whether it’s worth capturing or not as this will save the time and help you to focus on other photos.
Nowadays, the photography is digital and it has become very much common to shoot in burst mode and capturing as many photos as possible without thinking as the mistakes in the images cost nothing apart from some space in the storage unit. But in the past, people used to visualize what they wanted to capture because if they made a mistake, it was expensive and hard to rectify.
When you alter your mindset towards thinking that how you could improve your abilities of taking a photo, whether you’re shooting on film or digital, you get a real sense of what needs to be done to capture better photos.
This is a question that you should ask yourself constantly while capturing photos and it’s one of the main contributors towards taking better photos for most of the photographers.
After copying the images in the computer in the computer, the photographer should ask himself that “what should I have done differently?”
In the beginning, when I, myself was learning exposure and metering, my main focus was on taking perfectly exposed photos; composition and improvement took a back seat.
Now, for me, taking photos is much more of a progression. I might pull over somewhere to take a photo because I’d seen it from the road but the first few photos are never the best.
Patience is a virtue and specially a photographer should learn and train himself as the best shots comes after hours and hours of wait.
If you wait for the right moment to arrive, constantly questioning yourself about the moment at which you should take a photo, you will soon find that you have a better understanding of what the right time to take a photo is, and what makes a good photo.
Light can be a little bit tricky to get your head around because there many methods to handle it. But a photographer must remember that light is one of the most important elements in a good photo. After all, a photo is really just a capturing of light.
Always consider the amount of light before taking any kind of picture, whether it’s a of person, a landscape, or at night. This means adjusting the position to find a better angle for the light or introducing your own flashes.
Also remember that dynamic changes in the light across the image tend to be the best because too much light or too much dark can a quite lifeless photo. Make sure that there’s no absolute black and no absolute white but there is plenty of range throughout the photo.
This works remarkably well when you’re capturing landscapes; you can shoot the change in the environments and the weathers across the photo. When you start considering light more than the photo, you will start to shoot some really impressive photos from relatively mundane subjects.
This is something almost all photographers are guilty of. Don’t say that you’ll fix it in the post production process in the mind and on the other hand, secretly hoping inside that it will make everything all right again. There is no reason to justify thinking about post production while you’re still capturing photos.
Yes, you can edit a photo in the computer and it might improve as well it but that’s the art of post production, not your photography’s. If you want to spend time with post production process, than to be honest, this is not going to make you a better photographer.
If you really want to improve and think more like a professional photographer, than it is recommended to spend a couple of months without any post production. Instead, do everything with just a camera. You’ll be surprised after two months by seeing improvements in your photography.
It might sounds childish at first but, once you understand composition, the best thing you can do is to forget it. The knowledge will still be there but you won’t be thinking about any precise ‘rules’ that you should be acting upon. Knowledge is power and, when it comes to photography, it equates to better photos too.
The trick is to start to take in all of this knowledge about what can be done to take better photos but don’t think about that knowledge too much when you’re actually taking the photos.
The act of learning and remembering how to take better photos becomes fixed in your mind and, without even recalling it, you’ll start to use this knowledge to your benefit.