what I’ve learnt about photography

I found a post on one of the blogs I read, about the things the blogger learned about photography.  And it got me thinking… I’ve been serious about this photography thing for a while now, so what have I learnt?

You really do need to get off of auto mode.  I was scared to get off- but I did, and it’s made a world of difference.

Photography can be technical- but a person can learn the ins and outs.
Expert photogs always say- know your camera inside and out.  They are right. 

It is not wise to take a client’s word for it that a location that you don’t know, and that they insist on is great.  It might be a fabulous location, but a horrible photography spot.  Lesson learnt

Always scout out a location before a shoot.  If you can’t- don’t shoot there.  (related to my learning in #4)

Do not over saturate yourself with blogs and fb pages of other photographers.  It makes you feel bad about yourself if you are looking at too many.  

Take inspiration from a few photogs that you really admire.  My top three are Jasmine StarKelle Hampton, and Drew B.  There are others- but these are some of the most talented ladies out there.

Don’t follow blogs/fb pages of anyone within 500km.  I have made one exception to this rule because this lady is wayy too talented not to follow.

Find inspiration everywhere.

Shoot what you love, and try out other types of photography too.

When you are trying to develop your brand- shoot 70% your style, and 30% of what you know the client will love.

You must own and use a prime lens.  Must. Must. Must.

Try not to compare yourself, be too hard on yourself, or give up.  Some factors in your photographic success are in your control, some aren’t.

Try to tell a story with your photos.

If you really don’t want to do it- don’t.  (actually that’s a life rule too)

Be true to your photographic vision.Find a mentor or a friend to share and learn from/with.  It can be very inspiring.
Seek input and constructive criticism only from those who are giving it for the right reasons.

Know that with props, it’s a fine line between good relevant prop and cheesy items.

The rule of thirds really does help.

The histogram is helpful, but not essential.

Photoshop suggestions aren’t always right- if you like your image- use it even if conventional thought is that it’s wrong (ie over saturated  blown out, overexposed, underexposed etc)

You don’t have to do anything- it’s your photography.

Blog and share your stuff

Make friends with photoshop (uggh) but edit in a way that represents your style.  (ie I say I’m an organic photographer- meaning I use photoshop to touch up, not to drastically alter an image)

Find your photographic voice and use it- whatever level you are at- your thoughts, opinions, contributions matter.

Would someone remind me to look at these next time I get frustrated or lose my way?  I plan on reviewing this post in 6 months, and 1 year to see if I still agree with myself….


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