Photography can be a beautiful hobby or career to have for almost anyone, especially if you’re artistically inclined. But before you get serious, before the business and the big clients, before you can call yourself a real photographer, you’ve got to get started. So how do you start? Below are a few steps you can try:
Step 1: Get yourself a camera
- Research cameras and equipment within your budget on sites like Amazon or B&H photo
- Make sure you leave room in your budget for unexpected expenses
- Rely on referrals from friends and online reviews
- If you already have an OK camera but can’t afford a better one, that is fine in the beginning
Step 2: Learn how to use your camera
- Read the entire owner’s manual at least twice. Learn about all the functions your camera has
- Spend extensive time searching online for specific tasks you’d like to learn. For instance, try searching for the following phrases (and more), and be prepared to read hundreds of articles per topic until you find the knowledge you need
- “how to adjust the aperture on my [camera model]” & “what does a camera aperture do”
- “how to adjust shutter speed on my [camera model]” & “what does camera shutter speed do”
- “why do I need more lighting for digital photos”
- Practice as much as you can, in any situation you’re able to. Don’t be afraid to take thousands and thousands of photos. In the age of digital slr cameras, its pretty easy to just recharge your batteries, clear your memory card, and delete ‘bad’ photos from your hard drive to save space. Plus, hard drives in general are pretty cheap.
- Hone your skills by finding other photographers who inspire you with their work. Regularly compare your photos to theirs side-by-side and look for ways to improve your own work. Keep in mind that art is subjective though, so while you definitely need to use comparisons to help improve your technical execution, there is a lot of room for different artistic style to vary within.
Step 3: Build Your Portfolio
- Always be taking lots of new photos, and start making a collection of your very best photos as time goes on. Try to make folders on your hard drive for “Best”, “Best 20″, “Best 10″, and “Best 5″ for each month, every month.
- Use the best of the best of the best of your photos to add into your portfolio. Make a folder on your hard drive named “Current Portfolio”, with those photos inside of it. Update it regularly as your ‘best’ photos change over time.
- To showcase your work, build your reputation, and get some well deserved recognition from others, make a photography website or blog. Sites like wordpress, flickr, and others can get you started for free, but try to work your way towards getting areal dot-com site.
Step 4: Get the Word Out
- Make a facebook page, a twitter, and other social networking profiles for your photography. Write a bio about yourself and your photography on each of them, and link them to your ‘main’ website (which should eventually be a real dot-com).
- Share your photography site and your social networking profiles with as many people as you can, without spamming. Tell people at parties. Print up business cards and give them to anyone you meet.
- Continue to learn to be a better photographer, do great photography, update your portfolio, update your websites, and spread the word. If you are passionate, determined, and consistent about what you do, you’ll eventually start to see positive feedback and results.
If all that sounds pretty difficult, don’t worry, it is. Photography is one of the many things in life that requires a lot of effort to succeed in. If you persist long and hard enough, you will eventually begin to see some success in photography, and the more you learn, the better you will get, and the closer you will come to realizing your full potential.
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