Everyone has to start somewhere! Getting started with photography is a long and winding road. Here are 5 Essential Photography Tips for Beginners, whether you already know them or you’re just getting started and want to learn a little more before diving in.
1. Expensive hobby.
As much as this is extremely relative. DSLR cameras, software can be extremely expensive for someone who is starting out. The truth is, you don’t really need the most expensive camera to start with. Your trusty DSLR and the lens that comes with it are enough. Work on improving on your ability to take great photos until you feel it’s time to upgrade your equipment.
2. Willingness to learn.
From switching to manual mode, to understanding your camera settings and staying ahead of the game. As an amateur photographer, you really need to put in the time to learn the latest trends in photography. I was astonished one day to find a professional photographer on YouTube looking at tutorials. Trust me, learning is a daily thing and never be afraid to make mistakes. That’s how you learn to be the best. Maybe even attend a photography class.
You want to succeed and stay long in the game as an amateur photographer, you will need patience. Most successful photographers have invested a lot of their time and resources to be better and succeed in the craft. Discipline and patience are all it takes.
One of my favorite quotes, Mike Tyson, said “discipline is doing what you hate to do but do it like you love it.” My advice to anyone starting out is to trust the process and not worry about making quick money. Everything else will fall into place if you do it for the passion.
4. Find your niche.
I remember starting out, didn’t know what to shoot. I shot trees, birds, flowers, and almost everything else. To make my hobby profitable, I had to find my niche and stand out from the pack. Photography is broad and saturated. Quick pointer to finding your niche, is what your shooting fulfilling to you if yes you have your answer. Stick to that and make it beneficial!
Marketing is one of the key things to consider while thinking of starting photography. Getting your work out there and known is important. You’ll be amazed that some of the best photographers are not known, let alone by their own families because they failed to market themselves. Let’s talk about having a portfolio. It’s free to start a social media page.
You can engage with potential clients and like-minded photographers by uploading your pictures. Potential clients hire photographers who have another skill in their weaponry too. Don’t shy away from this idea and take advantage of these tools.
Peace and Love.