In this blog post, I explain all what I learned about photography since I started and all the things that I think would be nice for you to know if you are getting into photography or are thinking about it. Everyday I learn new things about photography, I learn about new apps you can download, different camera settings. How to find the perfect location and what the best time of day to photograph is. Everyday I learn something new, and I honestly love that. So let's just jump right into it.
- Start shooting in RAW
RAW is a file format like jpeg, but unlike jpeg it captures all the image data recorded by your camera rather than compressing it like jpeg does. When shooting in RAW, you'll get higher quality pictures, and you'll have way more control when you're editing your photos. Only downside is photos take up more space.
- Check the ISO before shooting
ISO is your camera's sensitivity to light. A lower ISO means less sensitivity to light and a higher ISO more sensitivity. So realizing that you had an ISO of 1200 on a bright sunny day after your photoshoot would be pretty disappointing. So it's always important before a photoshoot to check your ISO and make sure you know what ISO to use.
- Shoot in the early morning and evening.
Lighting is extremely important when it comes to photography. And the early morning and evenings are said to be the best times for photos to be taken. In photography, the hour just after the sun rises or before it sets is called the "golden hour"
- Be selective
Not all your pictures are gonna be perfect, and that's totally okay! That happens to everyone, even the best photographers. Be selective with what pictures you show in your portfolio and with what pictures you send to your clients.
- Promote Yourself
The key to gaining clients is promoting yourself and promoting your work. Promote your website, promote yourself on Instagram, Facebook, whatever social media you have. It's just extremely important and crucial to always promote yourself to gain new clients.
- Learn from your mistakes
If you have a blurry, or overexposed photo don't let that discourage you. Instead learn from it. Learn from your mistakes. See what you did wrong, fix it and do it better. That's how you become an amazing photographer.
- Enjoy the journey
Have fun. Make mistakes, learn from them. But most importantly, don't give up and keep going. You got this! As hard as it may be, it's all worth it.
Here are some amazing apps that I believe every photographer should invest in or use at some point!
- Pixieset (website/contracts/galleries/invoices)
- Lightroom (editing)
- Unscripted (poses/contracts/invoices)
- Pinterest (photo inspo)
- Honeybook (bookkeeping/invoices/contracts)
- UNUM (planning instagram layout)
Know Why You Started
Starting your own photography business isn't easy, but it's worth it and it's so much fun. There are a lot of things I wish I knew before I started. Some of the most important things is your camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance) which I'll explain more in another blog post. But it's also important to remember why you started in the first place. For me, it's because photography has always been a passion of mine. Being able to capture special moments for people, brings joy to me and I wouldn't want to do anything else. Couldn't see myself doing anything else. Knowing why you chose photography and why you're doing it helps give you motivation to keep going, because believe me it can get draining at times. It can get hard. But you just gotta keep moving along and keep pushing through the hard days. It's the only way you will progress.