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By Oak Consulting

Still on what to know about being a great photographer. This article is continued from 10 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting Photography.

Great Photography

  1. Slow Down on Going Pro

After you’ve been shooting for a while and have started to showcase your work, chances are that you’ll be approached with some shooting offers. Whether it’s a friend’s senior portraits, some landscape photos commissioned for print, or weddings (the most dangerous engagement of all), friends always seem to be looking for someone (usually on the cheap) to capture their precious moments.

Sure, it’s attractive to suddenly monetize your hobby. It can help you to get more gear and also help make ends meet. However, it brings with it some nuances that are hard to measure. Dealing with difficult clients who cancel at the last moment, risking legal liability and much more are all parts of the professional process. No matter your relationship with the client, you’re always putting yourself on the line when you accept money for your services. Slow down on going professional and remember to tread lightly.

  1. Take Your Camera Everywhere

You’ll never make a good photo with your camera sitting at home. I’ve had to convince myself that the, . Whether you have an SLR or an iPhone with your favorite imaging app, make sure you keep a tool with you that you can make images with.

  1. Get a Fast Fifty Now

If your current camera is an interchangeable lens type, I can’t think of a better “second” lens than the 50mm. With its fast aperture, typically f/2, f/1.8, f/1.4, or it can help you to tackle low light situations and also help you to control depth of field in a way that the kit lens never can. If you’re using an smaller, APS-C sized sensor, a 35mm lens will create roughly the same field of view as a 50mm lens on a full-framed camera. For me, the greatest creative control is the ability to control depth of field. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it refers to how much of the photo is in focus. Wide aperture lenses like the 50mm f/1.8 allow us to limit the sharp portion of the photo to a small portion that lets you isolate a focal point.

  1. Learn Your Camera Inside and Out

One way to improve your shooting is to understand the tools at your disposal. When you don’t have to think about the buttons to push and the technical choices to make, you’re free to approach photography as a creative. You’re thinking in terms of light, not spinning the dials that control aperture. When you really learn every option, every setting, every control of your camera, your camera becomes an extension of your eye.

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