The Workshop Guide to Becoming a Professional Photographer 

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The Workshop Guide to Becoming a Professional Photographer 

by | Mar 5, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Workshop Guide to Becoming a Professional Photographer 

By Niema Chakkor 

Photography is a concept that became so common in our age.

Back when cameras first became popular, people had to have the right equipment that cost a fortune..

Even after cameras became more accessible, only professional cameras could create the perfect photos that we see in frames.

Now, however, you can simply bring out your smartphone and snap pictures that could look just as good as those poster photos. 

Still, not everyone with a smartphone is considered a professional photographer… 

Here are a few tips that you should only hear in a workshop for professional photographers: 

  • Know your camera 
  • Find your subject 
  • Focal point 
  • Point-of-view 
  • Depth 
  • The Rule of Thirds 
  • Symmetry 

This may seem like an easy feat but unless you learn the basics properly, it will take you a long time to perfect and refine your photography skills and start taking good pictures.

So stick around and let’s learn some photography essentials. 

Know you Camera 

Before you start taking pictures professionally you need to know your camera.

It’s your tool of trade and the object that makes your creations. It’s a necessity to know how to use it and all the tricks that you can do with it! 

There are three things that you need to learn to know the basics about your camera: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed. 

Let’s start with ISO! 

ISO is the sensitivity of the camera’s sensor to light. The higher the number, the more sensitive your camera is to light.

You would assume that the lighter the better and that the higher your ISO is the better.

But it’s the opposite, in fact, you should keep your ISO as low as possible. Because when your ISO is high, you will get the grainier and noisier picture. 

Keep in mind that you should keep your ISO as low as possible, if you’re outside and you don’t need light, lower your ISO, but if you’re inside or in the shade, you can crank it up a little bit.

Just keep in mind that there’s a side effect that comes with upping your ISO. 

Aperture is the size of the opening in your lens. In other words, it’s the size of the adjustable hole that you can see inside your lens.

Generally, the aperture controls how much light comes inside the lens.

The higher the aperture, the bigger the hole and the more light comes in, the lower the aperture, the smaller the hole which means less light will come in.… 

But what about the effect of all this on the picture you take?

Well, the aperture controls the depth of the field. How much your aperture is can decide how in-focus your background and foreground is.

The higher your aperture is the more focus your background gets. 

If you are aiming for a portrait where only the person is clearly visible, go lower on your aperture.

If you aim for a panoramic view where everything is in focus, then you will want a high aperture number. 

Shutter Speed is the amount of time (in seconds) that your shutter is open. It goes from around 1/50th of a second down to 1/800th of a second in most cameras.  

Shutter speed controls motion blur in your picture, if you want that motion stopping moment when someone jumps mid-air or you want a dazzling picture of an unmoving scenery, you need to learn to tweak with your shutter speed. 

Faster shutter speed is used for freeze motion moments, while slow shutter speed is used to capture a scenery.

The faster your shutter speed is the less motion blur you have. Your setting depends on whether the subject you’re shooting is in motion or not. 

Using Your Settings 

Now let’s talk a little bit about how you use these three while shooting, for example, you take a picture and it’s too dark, what will you adjust first.

The first thing you need to do is lower your shutter speed, then, If it’s still too dark, you should lower your aperture. Increasing your ISO is the last you should do in this situation. 

What if your picture has too much light? In this case lowering your ISO is the first option, if it’s still too luminous then increase your shutter speed, and after that adjust your aperture. 

Find your Subject 

Finding a good subject for their photos is the mission that professional photographers sometimes travel the world to accomplish.

Just like a writer is always looking for the next protagonist for his story, a real photographer is always on the lookout for the next subject for his photo.  

But let’s suppose that you have that subject, what will you do to bring out the beauty of your subject? How do you take a photo like a professional? 

Focal Point 

Every photo has a focal point which is the main point of interest in your photo, whether it’s a decoration in a wallpaper or the eyes of an animal.

You need to choose a strong focal point that will dominate your photo because that’s the first thing anyone will see when they look at your photo. 

Point of View 

Our perspective is the point from which you take your photo.

This has a huge impact on your subject and may need to be changed depending on how you want your subject to look.

Perspective can be a powerful influence on what your photo represents… 

Depth 

Taking a photo of your subject against a flat surface is nothing like taking it in the middle of a background that has several dimensions.

Depth gives more integrity to your subject and helps it stand out more against the contrast.

Depth also enables you to use things the blur effect internationally known as the Bokeh Effect.  

The Rule of Thirds 

Instead of taking your photos with your subject as the center, this rule helps you change things up a bit.

Imagine there are two horizontal lines dividing the space between you and your subject and two vertical lines forming a net in front of you.

You can experiment by taking your photos standing ton those lines or on the point of junction between those lines… 

Symmetry 

Patterns and symmetries are eye-catching. The brain can’t help but be drawn to perfection and symmetry is another form of visual perfection.

There’s also the guiding lines factor, guiding lines have a symmetric effect and they tend to make your subject stand out more, not to mention it gives your photos more depth. 

To sum it up, learning about professional photography is not all about style and finding a wonderful subject.

It’s about making the subject you chose into a wonderful picture. To do this, you must learn the basics of your photography and sharpen your skills with a lot of practice and trial-and-error.

An artist must master their art and know how to handle their tools like a master before striving for that masterpiece.  

Playing around with light and camera settings and changing the perspective of your shot are simple practices, but they will help you grow closer to your camera and make you more understanding of the nuances of photography. 

Sources: Format, David Manning 

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