Do you want to become a professional photographer?
One that’s truly successful?
I’ve been there before, I started as a mom photographer wanna-be and built my own successful photography business in the real estate niche.
Yes, it took years of hard work of learning and building my portfolio and clientele. However, the reward is well worth it. I get to make a living out of doing what I love–taking photos!
In this guide, I’ll share tips, tricks, and secrets on how to become a photographer, which will ensure that you move in the right direction–and become the professional photographer that you’ve always wanted to be.
Practice Photography Constantly to Develop Your Skills
If you want to be a professional photographer, what’s the best thing you can do right now?
Begin taking as many photos as possible.
Don’t overthink it. Just start taking photos of anything that interests you! In order to master your camera and hone your skills, you must take this first step.
During the early days, don’t worry about whether the photos are technically correct; that will come with time! Instead, get into the rhythm of just shooting anything that catches your eye.
This will help you recognize the type of photography interests you–while also training your eye to be on the lookout for potential photo subjects.
It’s also helpful to get yourself into the habit of shooting often. A great way to do that is to start a 365 project, where you will be challenged with a theme a day for a whole year!
Start Shooting as a Photographer in Public
Once you’ve figured out your favorite areas of photography, it’s a good idea to get out and begin taking photos in your community.
For example, if you’re interested in photojournalism, then attend public events and capture the mood. If you’re interested in fashion photography, find a few friends willing to model and practice at a local spot.
If you’re interested in astrophotography, track the lunar cycles or weather and get out there!
Most cities have local groups that get together for all sorts of activities, so checking out local possibilities that can be helpful if you want company.
Better yet, if you have friends with similar interests, organize a group outing!
This can also help establish you as a leader in that niche of photography. It’s never too early to start building your own authority!
Work With the Gear You Already Have
If you look at the cameras on the market today, it’s easy to get caught up in the technical specifications. You may feel like you have to spend thousands of dollars.
This is completely unnecessary. One big thing to keep in mind is that the gear does not create the photos. You do.
A top-of-the-line camera can take amazing photos–but only when it’s in the hands of someone who has an artistic vision.
Only once you’re familiar with basic camera settings, your preferred niche, and your style of shooting will you be better informed about which camera is the best fit for you and why.
For example, you may love shooting interior photography, but the camera you’re eyeing in the store may not be able to mount the lenses that are used for architecture. Or you’re interested in photographing events, but you don’t realize that you need a camera that works well in low light and has built-in stabilization.