Rules to follow to be a professional photographer

If you want to photograph professionally you’ll make less money, have to shoot the boring stuff in crappy locations for which you’re hired, shoot it the way the client wants. Probably have to shoot everything as if it’s some big emergency every time. Making money in photography is tougher than keeping a real job.

Make wise digital decisions

  • If you’re shooting digital doesn’t compromise quality capture all the pixels you can. It’s the amount of pixels per square inch that gives quality to your images, and you wouldn’t want to take an award-winning shot and that can only be enlarged to the size of a credit card. So always shoot at your camera’s highest possible resolution for your further works.

Showcase your subject

  • Decide what you’re really taking a picture of, and center your efforts on taking the best possible photo of this subject, though it a person, place, thing, or even mood. Be sure to keep anything that would divert out of the picture. You also have to check the area behind the subject, looking for trees or phone poles sprouting from a person’s head. A clean background will give emphasis to your subject and have a stronger visual impact.
  • Try to zoom or move in to fill the frame with your subject, and don’t be afraid to get close. That way truly makes an impact. Even cutting into the subject a bit can be dynamic and loan the image an intimate mood. You can use the Macro or Flower mode for small subjects. Even the simplest object takes on new attraction in Macro method.
  • One of the most vital aspects of work of art is the Rule of Thirds. The concept which is discovered by the Greeks is simple. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid across your frame, and place the subject at 1 of the 4 line intersections. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a time and place when you want to center your subject but usually, the strongest and most visually interesting place for your subject is at 1 of these 4 points.
  • Most cameras focus on whatever is in the center of the frame. As new comer, that’s rarely the best place for your subject, so it may be out of focus. To combat this, midpoint the subject and press the shutter button down halfway to lock in the focal point. Then you reframe the picture and press the shutter button all the way to take the shot with perfect sharpness what you want.
  • For planetary outdoor shooting, use these tips for the 3 main times of day: Middle of the day: Harsh midday sunlight is especially challenging, because of dark shadows in the eye sockets, under the nose, and in other unattractive crags. A terrific solution is your camera’s Fill Flash mode, where the camera exposes for the background first. Then adds just enough flash to illuminate your subject. Use Fill Flash midday to lighten dark shadows and even on cloudy days to brighten faces and separate them from the background to make it perfect. Early/late day: For scenic shots, the light is usually best very early or late in the day. That’s you get the warm tones and long shadows of professional nature work. People and animals also look great in this natural light. You can experiment with Fill Flash to balance a glowing sidelight from the sun wherever the face is mostly in shadow. End of day/Magic Hour: The part of the day when the sun has just set or is just about to rise which is known as Magic Hour. Its brightly dim light is the darling of photographers of car ads and other hard-to-light shells. Pinkish light is also terrific for shooting people.
  • Indoor photography can be especially tricky, so remember these tips:
  • Without a flash, indoor lighting gives a funny color cast to your photos. You have to set your white balance if shooting digital. If using film, buy the type that’s balanced your room lighting.
  • Try a “window-light” portrait, in which an object is placed next to a window without direct sunlight coming through and then turned to the side so that only part of the face is illuminated by the windows even light.

Get close, then get closer

Strive for dynamic compositions

Lock that focus

Master outdoor lighting

Master indoor lighting

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