You are more than capable of being a very good photographer and even the most practiced person can use a refresher. As a photographer there are several different key factors to consider when trying to capture something special. Whether you have been a photographer for a century, a decade, or a week, here are a few of the essential things every modern day photographer should learn.
Transport With Care
Nothing could be worse than being excited to take some shots, when you arrive to find your camera is broken. For most beginners a bag with room enough for two lenses and the body of the camera will be plenty. After you accumulate more lenses for your camera, lights, tripods, and Softboxes, then you will certainly need a larger case.
If you are more adventures, then this bag might help you to explore.
Be in Charge
If you are taking your camera make certain that you bring an extra battery and a charger. Being prepared may help you to find a shot you would have otherwise missed. Especially when you are travelling, having extra components may be the difference between you being able to work or not. A lost battery or charger may not be able to be replaced at short notice. Not bringing extras could cause you to use your camera your entire trip. With a little luck, oh the places you'll go.
The world of photography does not rely on Photoshop, however it is an extremely helpful tool. Knowing at least the bare minimum of the program can help you to fix shots you were really in love with, but that turned out just a little off. There are a million tutorials on the Internet to help you learn Photoshop. The people at Phlearn really make it easy to pick up some simple tricks. Donít be scared to tweak your photos, photo development has been around for nearly 200 years. Now that Photoshop CS7 has come, photographers have the capability of working on the high resolution images that they take without having to sacrificing anything. One of the best tricks to learn is how to remove blemishes with the stamp tool. Nothing will ruin a gorgeous picture than a sudden break out. This trick is especially reassuring for brides to be.
The stock lens that comes with your camera may work great for some occasions, but eventually you will need different lenses to capture particular shots. A 50mm lens for instance works great for head and shoulder portraits. Lenses that zoom typically range at a higher price than those that donít. However, you get more usability form a lens with zoom if you are comfortable with using it. When making a purchase be sure that the lenses you buy are specifically made for your camera body. Spending hundreds of dollars on something you canít even use could be very disappointing.
Craft Your Skill, Learn Your Craft
Becoming a photographer can feel overwhelming. Don't get in too deep too quickly. Take your time and get used to new techniques at your own pace. Whether you want to take nature shots, wedding photos, or capture high-end art pieces you will want to know the basics of composition. Composition is what makes a photograph look either aesthetically pleasing or not. Like in this image, knowing that contrast can make certain components the focus of an image can make it more successful than if you had not.
At the end of the day you pick up your camera because it makes you happy. Remember to have fun and remember to do photography differently.