Photography isn’t something you can learn from a book or watching videos online. Although learning your camera is important, getting out and practicing is what makes you a better photographer.
There is nothing quite like professional editing programs. They make life so much easier and you can do so many amazing things to your photos using Photoshop and Lightroom. I encourage anyone who wants to get into the photography business to learn these programs!
Nothing is worse than feeling like you’re in a rut with your work. Find fellow photographers to share ideas and collaborate with! I am so thankful for my little photography community. Nobody will understand the art struggle like other creatives.
I went to college for photography and graduated thinking that I knew everything there was to know about photography. Holy cow was I wrong! I am learning more about photography every day from other professional photographers or through education I’ve invested in.
I feel like many people who want to enter the photography field get intimidated about how their gear isn’t ‘top of the line’, but you don’t need top of the line gear to produce beautiful images! Learn how to use your camera. Learn how to use your lenses. Learn how to use flashes and lighting and I promise you that you won’t be able to tell the difference between a camera that was manufactured 2 years ago and a camera that was manufactured 2 days ago. Plus, buying used gear is a great way to produce awesome images and save a little extra money!
Below is an example of how far I’ve come. The photos on the left are senior photos I captured in 2014 and the right are senior photos I’ve recently captured this year.