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How do I become a photographer?

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Rohit’s Answer

Find a camera and start clicking, you dont need an advanced device.

photography is all about perspective, patience and how to use light. the more to click the better you become.

youtube is filled with guides on how to click specific picture with experiences, try them and slowly you will get good at it.

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Priyam’s Answer

Its great that you have chosen this as your field of interest! Firstly, its not a problem to have no clue as to which area you would like to specialize in and secondly you don't need a DSLR to start off, it may perhaps give you a better in-depth knowledge about how it works but if you can get one then go for it. I would suggest going for the Canon EOS 700D which is pretty much worth the specification it offers.

Ah! Here comes the main part, how do you become a good photographer?, well keeping the following points in mind,

  • Practice! Oh boy! The first 1000 shots are going to be sloppy, not framed well, out of focus and what not! But they say "practice makes a man perfect" keep clicking until you think you've got the perfect shot.
  • Patience. Photography is an art, and it cannot be learnt in one days time, it requires patience. Slowly but steadily keep learning new techniques, angles, variations.
  • Flexibility. Need one of those cover shots you see in magazines, well in order for that you need to step out of your comfort zone and become more flexible.
  • Dedication. While shooting, think it as your soul purpose of living. Hard work always pays off at the end.
  • Post-processing. Shooting is just 40% of the job done, sorting out the perfect shot and editing it is the rest. Get to know about the software professionals use (Ligthroom, Photoshop) from YouTube. Try checking out the methods that photographers use to make it the 'cover shot'.

And also, sing-up with some online photography pages where you can read interesting articles (Photography Websites, Learn, Tips, Forum, Articles, Wedding, Community).

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Famina:

Thank you for your question. You've already received some very good comments from the previous posters. Here's some additional information you may find helpful.

Although portrait photographers are not required to have post-secondary education, many take classes because employers usually seek applicants with creativity and a "good eye," as well as a good technical understanding of photography. Photojournalists and industrial and scientific photographers often need a bachelor’s degree.

Photographers’ skill or ability for taking good photos is typically cultivated over years of practice. Photographers often start working as an assistant to a professional photographer, learning on the job. This work provides an opportunity to gain experience, build the photographers’ portfolios, and gain exposure to prospective clients. In addition, photographers must learn to use photo-editing software.

For many artists, including photographers, developing a portfolio—a collection of their work that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential. Art directors, clients, and others often review portfolios when deciding whether to hire a particular photographer.

I wish you much success on your journey to become a Photographer. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

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Misty’s Answer

The best advice that I can give you is simply this, start slow. Find a camera that you can start with that feels great to you and learn how to use it. Once you master that one, move up to another one, learning angles and lighting and just basically play around with it until you feel comfortable. Then look online for classes that could help you hone those skills.

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Bob’s Answer

Do you consider yourself artistically inclined? Much of professional photography is dedicated to emphasizing shapes, lines, colors even if you decide to photograph people. One of the best and zero cost learning opportunities out there is the streaming education channel found on The channel explores almost every genre of photography which allows viewers to get insight into the field with a large variety of expert speakers.

Marketing is probably the biggest challenge for photographers, so I would suggest taking business or marketing classes while you are still in school.
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David’s Answer

Hi Famina,
Fortunately, in the world we live in, there is a ton of information available on line about photography and dozens of books discussing this art form. So, that's how I suggest you get started. Learn how a camera works and how to make it work for you to get the images you see. Oh, you'll need a camera too. Preferably, a camera that has the ability to change lenses. Look at photographs that are considered good. Shoot a lot of photographs and study your own work to see if you have captured an image that satisfies you. Possibly, your school offers a photography class to help you get started. Best of luck!