A photographer’s delight is not just in capturing black and white or shades of color. It is also in portraying the depth and feel of an object, whether living or abstract. Growing as an artist takes many years and goes beyond owning a camera. A budding photographer needs to sharpen his practice and understanding of the profession to excel and leave a mark.
For some, a taste in photography is inborn. But for amateurs, it’s a skill gained through observation and previous knowledge. It is a fine line between photography appreciation and the urge to sell photographs. In both cases, aesthetic and commercial viewpoints need a precise and harmonious balance. Let us understand the tips to help develop as a groomed artist in the photo clicking occupation.
Study Other Artists’ Profile
To develop a benchmark in career progression, it is vital to know the competitors. Taking thousands of clicks and getting self-pride isn’t the right way to go forward. Feel humbled and good about the progress you have made as a photographer by studying works from eminent artists you have admired in your developing years. Follow spontaneity and a legacy of knowledge to improve your aspects of photo making.
Enroll in a Painting or a Drawing Class
When we pick a camera, we come across colors and lighting. The right blend of these makes a picture-perfect image worth capturing. When we enroll in a local art college, it serves as the foundation for career development in photography. Knowledge of light, composition, negative space is the functional concept a budding photographer should know. Signing up for a short-term course in drawing or painting is the first step towards gaining hold of a photography career.
Click the Essence of a Place
Suppose you are an avid traveler and would like to carry back the photos you clicked to show your family and friends. Capturing a place also describes the ambiance of the place, the culture, people, the nuances, etc. Storytelling is essential in a travel assignment. Likewise, you need to build a story from scratch when clicking a place. Whether it is a landmark or an ordinary place, feel the essence of the place, and absorb it. Only then can you connect with it. Catch the vibe of the place first to weave it into a beautiful shot.
Focus on Inspiring Photography Books
Grabbing hold of a camera is fine. But first, widen your photographic vision by learning the basics and sequencing of images. Limited artistic vocabulary will not be of much help. Self-teaching is the best way to unlearn the camera tricks. Do not get influenced by shooting alone. Exploring knowledge on color theory, composition, and lighting can take any photograph to heights of excellence.
No need to follow the rules all the time. Know them from scratch to manipulate your camera and subject it to the best frame. Mark Twain had once said, “You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus. To train your eyes and mind as a skilled photographer, play with the composition. Hence, get into the habit of buying and reading books from various artists on photography to gain inspiration and inventiveness.
Seek Professional Help for your Portfolio Review
There is a cost involved when you take your photography work to a professional for review. But inputs from higher-ups in the fraternity would help to sequence the photographs in your portfolio methodically. Join a workshop held by senior and acclaimed photographers to get substantial feedback. Evaluation from industry seniors goes a long way in fine-tuning the photographic eye.
Listen to Feedback, not Flattery
Applause from friends and family members on your photography portfolio is natural. But it is not unbiased feedback on your work. Showers and praises can come your way on social media and offline channels. To get neutral feedback is the point of the challenge. Join critic forums online or contact seniors in the industry to review your portfolio for real-time assessment and guidance.
Relook at your Photos
Clicking photographs shows love for images and storytelling. However, each photo you click may have some gaps for further refining. There is an emotional attachment to the images. So, when you look at your pictures, you may find the need to refurbish the same. Wait for a few days after your shoot ends to go through the batch of photographs. It will give you enough time to get over the bonding with your photos and reduce your biases on your work.
Photography as a career pursuit is an excellent line of work. It reflects the imagination and creative bent of the mind and helps to create a sense of depth. But it has to be fulfilling, too. Nurture your artist’s eye by mixing with the right people in the fraternity. Seek impartial feedback on your photos and be open to listening to criticism and appreciation. A photographer’s creation is a learning experience – some good, some bad, but all reflect the years’ progress.