In an age when just about everyone owns a camera of some kind, why do we still need the professional photographer? As someone trying to make a living from my camera I’ve got strong views on this topic, and I’ve broken them down into five key categories.
1: Photography Is Easy
Well, it’s true that taking photos has never been easier: modern cameras and smartphones will do all the technical stuff for you, so your photos will all be in focus and correctly exposed. However, making good photographs is about much more than just pointing and clicking. I spent five years studying photography at College and University – it certainly doesn’t take that long to learn how to use a camera! The bulk of my learning was about aesthetics and visual awareness – what makes some photos “work” while others don’t.
When shooting any subject set the camera control to “Manual”: you should be in control of the camera settings in order to produce the desired effect. More importantly, be constantly aware of the composition of the image, the lighting, the background and the timing of the shot. All of these things are learned through training and years of experience. [Read more…]