7 Ways to Improve Yourself as a Professional Photographer
Nowadays exist lots of photographers in the world; maybe for business or just for hobby, the truth is that you need to improve yourself each day with new ideas and new material to keep growing your capacity as a professional photographer.
Today, we’re going to guide you, so you can take advantage at maximum of your camera and yourself! People think that being a photographer is really easy and it’s not true at all. Yes! You can take your phone or a camera and take a picture but if you don’t have the vision/eye to see what others don’t see, believe me that you need to improve yourself if you want to get everybody’s attention into your work!
1. Take The Other Side
Probably in a political conference or in a huge event; every photographer and person will register the government, president or the person who’s speaking. To improve yourself please don’t take pictures of the same person over and over again, take photos of the military’s expressions or the little kid who’s listening with attention. Never forget the other side of the history!
2. Mix Color with BnW (Black and White)
All the photographers when they’re taking pictures in an event, they use most of the time color or bnw, but never try to get a mix of both; you can mix them in the same pictures or just maybe in the same album. Remember that in the photography business everything’s valid!
3. Play with Photoshop/Lightroom
Yes! This is very important, as a photographer you need to improve yourself in the post-production, it’s not only to edit pictures to perfection and stay in the “safe mode”, it’s to play with the editing tools to have an original photo as the final result. Use your creativity mind and take some risks on it!
4. Search for Ideas
As a professional photographer, you need to do the re-search for new ideas, you need to improve yourself and stop doing the same. You can visit Behance, 500px, Flickr or some photographers website to get inspired. It’s not to copy them, it’s to get inspired and do your own original work!
5. Stay Classy, Never Trashy
Your image is very important such as your pictures; you need always to stay classy, not only as with your photographer’s attitude and style, but mostly in your pictures. Remember that your are in this business to do art!
6. Think First, Then Act
Some photographers do photo-shoots without thinking what they’re going to do, please don’t be that type of photographer. First, you need to know what the client needs and search some proposals for the shoot, after when the photo-shoot day comes you need to arrange the set lights before the client arrives or be before at the place of the shoot if it’s an outdoor shooting, you’ll economize time and energy. An intelligent photographer worth twice!
As a professional photographer you have to experiment with your camera when you’re not working with a client, this will give you new tricks to use in a future and also you’ll have an original work, try all the modes and options that your camera brings, this will surprise you. Also, you can play with fabrics and objects in front of your lens to have some new textures in your pictures. Playing with your camera will be your best advisor in the business!
Here you have 7 ways to improve yourself as a photographer; the important is to play with your vision and your camera (that’s why you bought a professional one) try all the things you have in mind, play with the velocity, the ISO, the diaphragm, use some objects to bring texture and creativity. Don’t be afraid to try new things, in this business everything’s possible! Good luck in your expedition!