FAQs About Photography 

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FAQs About Photography 

by | Mar 5, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 comments


FAQs About Photography 

By Nichole Wintheiser 

Photography is a popular career path and hobby. 

Maybe you’re just taking pictures of your cat on your phone to share on social media sites, or you have all of the latest and greatest camera gear and you’re turning your passion into a career.

Because it’s such a common pursuit , there are a lot of frequently asked questions.   

Here are eight common questions about photography. 

  1. How do I get started in photography? 
  1. Can I learn photography on my own? 
  1. What should I photograph? 
  1. What gear do I need? 
  1. What is manual mode and do I need to shoot in it? 
  1. What is the exposure triangle and how does it work? 
  1. What’s the difference between RAW and JPG? 
  1. Is photography a good career? 


Photography is such a broad topic that this list barely scratches the surface of photography FAQs.

However, these questions will fit with any niche that you are thinking about getting into.   


How Do I Get Started in Photography? 

 Here are a few pointers for getting started as a photographer. Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to go about it, and there is no real order for doing them.     


  • What are you drawn to? Do you find yourself taking photos of nature or do you like photographing people more? Photograph whatever interests you, and if you find that you don’t like photographing something, try to explore other subject matter!    


  • Learn all you can about photography in general, as well as more specific information about your niche and your camera. There are many options for how you go about learning, such as taking a class or attending a workshop. You can also self-teach by watching YouTube tutorials or reading books and instructional articles.    


  • Get the right camera for you. Research the camera brands that are out there, and learn the capabilities of each one you’re interested in and see if it will do what you need it to do depending on the niche you want to get into. 


  • Practice. Take your camera out and take photos. Experiment with the settings and with composing the image. Take what you’ve learned and apply it when you take your camera out.  


Can I Learn Photography on My Own? 

 Yes, you can learn photography on your own. You don’t need to go to college to learn what you need to know. There are several YouTube tutorials, books, and websites that will teach you what you need to know.  

 No matter how much time you spend studying theory and how your camera works, the best teacher is experience. Go out and take photos.

Use your camera and get to know its features and functions. Practice taking long exposure photos and experiment with the other settings. Have fun with your camera. 


What Should I Photograph? 

 The simple answer is everything. The more complex answer is it depends on your niche.

If you’re a product photographer, take photos of everyday items such as nail polish, lightbulbs, or dishes.

If you’re a portrait photographer, photograph people. If you’re a landscape photographer, go outside and photograph what you see. 

 Even if it’s not in your niche, it doesn’t hurt to have a basic understanding of how to photograph something.

If you’re a landscape photographer, get out of your comfort zone and photograph people. This experimentation can help broaden your portfolio, and help you determine if you want to continue with a certain aspect.

Continuing with the example, if you’ve tried photographing people and you hate it, then stop. At least you know you tried.  


What Gear Do I Need? 

 The essential gear you will need includes a camera, one or two lenses, and film or memory cards.

There are many camera brands out there, and one isn’t necessarily better than the others.

Do your research to determine which one will meet your needs as a photographer.  

 A good lens is just as important as a good camera. The type of lens you need will be heavily dependent on the type of photography you intend to get into.

You will also need  SD cards (at least one plus a backup) or film to store the images in your camera until you can get them on your computer or have them developed. 


Everything else you acquire  is nice to have, but not necessarily essential to getting started. However,  the type of photography you want to get into will dictate some other essential items.

If you get into landscape photography, you will probably need  a tripod and some filters. If you want to be a wedding or portrait photographer, you might want an external flash.  


What Is Manual Mode and Do I Need to Shoot in It? 

 Manual mode is a setting on your camera that gives you 100% control of all three aspects of the exposure triangle. You choose the light sensitivity, referred to as the International Standards Organization (shortened to ISO), as well as the shutter speed, and aperture.

Manual mode gives you more control over the outcome of your photo. It allows you to determine how bright you want the image, if you want certain parts of the image to be out of focus, and if you want motion blur to be included.    

 You don’t need to shoot in manual mode all of the time. The other settings on your camera are there to help you take the best photo for any situation without adjusting it yourself.

However, the more you practice in manual mode, the better you will understand the exposure triangle and how all three aspects of it work together.  


What Is the Exposure Triangle and How Does It Work? 

 Picture a triangle. Each side will represent the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. These three aspects describe how much light gets into your camera, how they work with each other and affect your photos.  

 Shutter speed controls  how fast the shutter in front of the camera lens opens and closes with each click of the shutter release button. It can range from 1/4000th of a second to 30 seconds. The longer the shutter is open, the more light comes in.  

 Shutter speed also determines how much motion blur there will be. The faster the shutter speed, the less motion blur.

There are times when you want motion blur. If you’re photographing a waterfall, for example, blurring the moving water can have a cool effect. 

 ISO helps determine how bright or dark your image will be. ISO ranges from 100 to 12,800.

The higher your ISO the brighter your photo will be. There’s a catch though. With a high ISO comes more grain or noise in your photo. 

 Aperture determines how much light is let in. It is measured in F-stops and can range from f32 to f1.4.

The higher the number, the less amount of light comes in and the darker the photo.  

 Aperture also controls your depth of field. If your subject is close to you, and you want a blurry background, you will use a smaller aperture.

But if you want everything in the photo to be in focus, then you’ll use a higher aperture.  


What’s the Difference Between RAW and JPG 

RAW files are larger files that contain all the information from the sensor in your camera.

RAW files allow you to have complete control over the outcome of your image in the editing stage because you have all of the information.

With RAW files you will need to edit them. You can’t get away with leaving them alone. 

 JPG files are smaller and have been processed internally. You tend to lose some of the details in the photo when shooting in JPG and it’s harder to recover them while editing.

However, you may find that you don’t need to do as much editing.  

Both options have benefits and drawbacks, and ultimately it comes down to personal preference as to what you choose to shoot in. Try both and see which one you like better.  


Is Photography a Good Career? 

 Yes, photography is a good career to get into if you’re willing to work for it.

It’s an ever-evolving career that grows with the available technology and there are many different ways to get onto a career path. 

 A few photography career paths include journalism, wedding photography, corporate photography, commercial photography, and crime scene photography.

Depending on which path you want to take, there is a lot of money to be made as a photographer. The pay can range from about $29,000 to $45,000, if not more.  

 $29,000 doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but if you have a few niches as a photographer that work well together, such as portrait and wedding photography, you can earn more than if you just have one niche. 

 Sources: Clickin Moms, Photography Course, Digital Photography School, Adorama, Formed from Light 


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