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Common photography myths debunked

March 11, 2020 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Photography is a popular artform all around the globe. While there should not be, there are endless of rules revolving around the world of photography and photographers.

Here are some common photography myths explained

That being a photographer is easy

Taking pictures is definitely easy, but being a professional photographer is mostly not. Anyone can pick up a camera, press the shutter and capture the images. It takes true talent, dedication and skill to capture the true essence of any image.

Photography is complex and only photographers can realise what it truly takes and the challenges that come with being in that industry. Let’s not get into how difficult is it to start a business as a photographer.

 As if there is not enough competition for photography, the pay does not match your effort. Photography is more than just taking a picture, you have to put in marketing efforts, managerial skills, editing hours and more.

Good photos require expensive gear

Buying an expensive camera will not necessarily make you a good photographer. It is useless to spend money getting expensive gear when you have not mastered any real photographic skills.

While professional photography gear comes with plenty of flexibility and more consistent results, the results come down to your skill as a photographer to capture the essence of certain images.

Before you spend any money getting expensive camera, make sure you practice on your current simple gear. Master all features and functions so you can take it to the next step when you have access to good gear in future.

Shoot many photos- as many as you can

This is a technique in photography where the artist takes as many pictures as they ca in hopes of getting the right one. This may sound like a good idea for many but it takes up so much of your time.  You will need to process more shots from different sessions and this might lag your work behind.

You need a large portfolio

Beginner artists tend to upload thousands of images on their websites so clients can see the work, but does not guarantee any traffic flow.  Most people would prefer quality over quantity from a photographer.

When creating a portfolio, select only a few of your best works. If your clients want to see more, you can always leave your social media brand name on the portfolio. This makes your photography business seemingly professional.

Manual mode represents skill and professionality

There is this common myth that you are a real photographer only if you can use manual mode on camera.  While it is definitely essential to learn how to use manual on your camera, it does not mean hat this is your default when you are out in the field taking photos. Manual mode is part of mastering use of the camera and will help your technical skills but it should not hold you back. You are free to switch to shutter and aperture if you feel that you need to.

To take good pictures, you need to have all equipment necessary. Having the right tools could take your skills as well as your business to a whole new level

Here are the tools you need as a photographer

Prime lenses

Most photographer’s first purchase is always the lenses. Of course, the lenses come with the camera as a standard kit, but you will need more than the average lenses if you want to take outstanding photography.

The average kit lenses will definitely never live up to the quality camera from a prime lens.  Keep in mind that the size, shape and prices of lenses vary and so does the quality of photos. 

Camera tripod

The tripod is one of the most versatile accessories you will have as a photographer. Whether you are looking to take portrait, landscape, street, wedding or even basic photography, you are going to need a tripod.

Tripods are also very useful in low light settings. The stability of the tripod will allow you to take long exposure shots without shaking the camera. It is also important for night time selfies and night sky photographs.

Remote shutter release – This will help you take shots without having to physically touch the camera. This reduces the chances for the camera to shake.  You can opt for a wired or wireless remote shutter release depending on all your needs.

External flash – Even if you do not shoot in the dark, you will still need an external flash. Built in flash tech is not so good as the external flash.

A reflector – This is great if you are looking to bring more supplementary light to your photography

AA batteries and a battery charger

Items like external flash units can drain your camera like crazy; which is why you will be needing batteries and a battery charger. One rule as a professional photographer is to always be ready.

Memory SD cards and an external hard drive.

You are going to be shooting a lot of content, which means you will need the extra space.  It is better that you have a couple of SD with your equipment so that you are ready for anything. Also, memory cards can get corrupted easily which is another reason why you should walk around with multiple external hard drives and additional SD cards.

Bag

You will need a bag designed to hold this type of equipment. This is probably going to cost you a lot, but you cannot just carry this kind of equipment in any ordinary bags. Getting a bad designed for transporting cameras and photography equipment will save you from damage costs in the long run.

Cleaning equipment

A camera cleaning kit is a basic tool for a photographer.  Moisture, dirt and dust will easily get into your lenses, camera and equipment.  In some instances, your equipment could suffer irreversible damage. Do not neglect your camera.

Some cleaning equipment you will need include lenses tissue, senor cleaning swaps, microfibre, air blower, lenses brush among others.

Final word

The products mentioned above are just a fraction of some things you need to carry as a photographer. As a beginner, you can purchase these basics and work your way up to bigger equipment later on.

It is easier to become a photographer today than a decade ago. So many people have access to cameras at affordable prices, and even phone cameras. But photography is more than just taking a picture with your phone. To become a professional photographer, you have t be very passionate about the art, and develop talent and skill that will help you capture images through a different perspective.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when starting out your journey as a photographer.

You do not need expensive gear when starting out

We have probably heard a million times before that you need the best gear when starting out as a photographer anywhere. The truth is, you need to develop your skill first before out can go for any expensive equipment.

The only thing you will need to worry about as a photographer is learning all the basics of photography and the techniques you can use when taking various images.

Put some limits on purpose

Learning photography does not mean that you have to take millions of pictures until you get the hand of it. you do not have to take a bunch of pictures to develop skill. Use your eyes as well as your camera to capture the true essence of the person or object Infront of you. 

Take advantage of the golden hours

The golden hour is one of the best times to take effortless shots. This can be a great opportunity for you to develop your own skill as a photographer. It is a popular time for photographers to take pictures, which is why you should ensure you are doing something a little unique and different.

During golden hours, use the golden yellow lighting as your main feature. It looks good on everything and everyone so it should not be hard for you as a beginner.

Register for photography and art class

Talent and skill are an important part of photography and so is the knowledge and experience needed. If you are having a hard time developing your skills, you should consider art and photography classes.

These two classes are the best way a photographer can capture their essence and learn more about their skills and how they want to develop them. In art class, you learn more about the colors, shading, contrast and photography basics. Once you learn about image and color composition, you will be a step ahead in taking good pictures.

Study other people’s work

Sometimes, you need a little competition or inspiration to get you started as a photographer. Spending time to study a variety of photography styles from different artist will broaden your photography outlook and scope. This is a chance to acquire new skills that allow you to take images from a whole different perspective.

Try new techniques

Thankfully, there are endless photographic techniques. You could choose to develop your own, which can be hard as a beginner or study ones from growing artist as a guide to develop your own. Experimenting with new techniques will help you develop great skills and allow you to grow as a photographer.