You must understand one basic thing before you start doing photography – success doesn’t come immediately. You will measure your success by looking at the small changes in the photographs you make over time.
There are a number of well trained and highly skilled portrait photographers, wedding photographers, as well as aerial photographers in UK. They are true professionals in their work and can be an example to you. But there are a few things that you need to consider before you pursue photography as a hobby…
It’s an expensive hobby
Photography requires a good investment. As you will grow in this field, you are bound to go for different accessories like lenses, flashes, cleaners and a lot of other costly things. You can avoid the expensive side of photography by implementing the following steps:
- Success in photography and the gear you use are not directly proportional. Buying one more piece of accessory doesn’t always improve your work. The most appropriate way to purchase gear is slowly and carefully with a lot of research.
- There is nothing wrong in going for a second-hand gear. It will help you afford cameras and lenses that are otherwise out of your budget.
Make time for shooting
You will have to make time for taking photos daily. It may seem like a very basic exercise but it helps you a lot in improving as a photographer. Keep your camera handy and take it with you wherever you go. This will help you to be in touch with photography, to monitor your mistakes and to work on them.
Switch to manual mode
The day you learn how to truly handle your exposure, you will be considered a good photographer. It is not going to be easy. It needs a lot of practice and knowledge about focus, metering, etc. A great step for any photographer is to switch from automatic to manual mode.
Once you start controlling the photos you take and are able to get hold of the nuances of exposure, you are actually turning the process of exposure upside down, as well as visioning an outcome for the photograph. You can even learn to control a number of other things that your camera is able to handle on its own, like creative exposure, back-lighting, etc.
It is a sensible idea to learn to control one factor at a time. Firstly, get to know the IOS, its impact on the quality of your photos and the light reaching the sensor. Once you’ve done this, you should look out on how to adjust the aperture, shutter speed and the visual results. Getting into aperture priority or shutter priority is a good training step in order to learn completely about different manual exposure modes.
Keep challenging yourself. You can find lots of inspiration online. Assign yourself to new interesting projects or challenges to keep your creativity going.