How to Become a Photographer
There is nothing like a good photograph to immediately communicate to an audience in an effective way. The common phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" holds true. Do you think you might have want it takes to become a photographer?
The outlook for professional photographers in 2012
There will be a fair amount of good possibilities for professional photographers in the years to come. As companies seek a presence online, the need for representing their product, personnel, or message effectively through photography will be important. Event photography is also expanding as people are finding a photographer for these special occasions and want to capture it professionally. One of the bigger challenges for the photographer is the "My cousin can take your pictures" syndrome. As excellent photography equipment becomes more streamlines and prices come down, there will be an influx of people who might opt for someone they know to do the job. That's why it's vital to be able to produce images that are clearly of a higher standard. This kind of quality can be obtained through a good photography school or program.
Qualities of a good photographer
If you are wanting to become a photographer, there are some traits that will help you out in doing well in the field.
Having a good eye really is a vital part of doing well in photography. You know how to best capture and communicate what you want through the image. You know how to work with light, shape, contrast, and color. If you are photographing people, you know how to capture emotions and postures.
Attention to detail is also a must. You can't be sloppy with your craft. You're going to need to be technically sound with your equipment. No leaving the ISO too high by accident and having a really noisy shot when it should have been clean. No missing a shot because you had the camera set to the wrong focus tracking mode.
As mention earlier, it's become more important to stand out from the wannabe photographers that just happen to have a decent camera. Good photography schools or programs will make the choice a no brainer between you and the amateur when the client sees your work side by side with the other person. You will learn about how to work with and manipulate light, strobes, reflectors, and more. You will learn how to get the most out of the equipment as well as how to frame a shot and get the angles and viewpoints you need to get a great shot. You will also learn the business of photography. How to deal with clients, workflow, scheduling.
Another important factor to consider is the connections the school will have with the industry. A good photography program will have work placements and employment services after you graduate to make sure you get a good start. Students often also find that bouncing ideas off of like minds is another good reason to go to school for this kind of training.