The Ideal DO’s and DON’Ts of Photography
Photography is taken as a leisure activity by many, whereas some take it very seriously. For all the hobbyists, it is worth considering this field as a part-time profession. Conventionally, photographers have a very demanding career. They have to cover different events, work day and night at their workplace to develop photographs and then sell them. There are a few things to apply and some to avoid for achieving success in the photography profession.
DO’s Of Photography
Things Which You Should Do Are:
Join Stock Photo Websites
There are many websites on the internet which accept photographs and sell them while giving you a certain percentage in commissions. The benefits you gain by this practice are multifaceted. You get a better idea of what to promote as these websites won’t accept low quality images. Photos you post on these websites give maximum exposure to your craft. Thus enhancing your talent as well as rewarding you for the efforts!
To make a large library of images easily scrollable and accessible, the use of photo management software is recommended. You can directly post the photos on the website by using such software. You can create photo galleries or albums for easy viewing. You can also search photos through keywords or titles. ACDSee and many other photo managing applications help you sort your photos accordingly.
Use Rechargeable and Compatible Batteries
It is always advised to use those batteries in your camera that are rechargeable. Similarly, don’t use cameras that need unique and hard to find batteries. Take notice of the chargers and their adaption to different electric ratings, especially when you travel abroad. Backup is always good when you are sporting this profession.
Take High Resolution Pictures
It is always recommended to take higher resolution pictures with the target object in focus. Of course the same rule won’t apply if you are giving an overview of an event or ceremony. Mind you higher resolution images are no more blurred, thanks to digital photography.
Boost Your Creativity
Creativity in photography is a key tool for your survival in the market. Take shots of the same object using different angles; play with contrast, brightness and resolution. Edit your pictures using different themes and manipulate the background, light and all the things present around your subject. Feed your creativity with a dose of inspiration everyday!
Create A Back Up
Save your original photos at a separate directory or folder. It is also important to create a back up in some external drive or DVD, so that in case you experience a system crash you don’t end up cursing yourself. You can edit the copied images as you like and add effects for better impression.
Select random photographs and get feedback on them from experts in the field. Be very open to accept all type of critique. You might be very possessive about your work but the critique might hep you analyse it from another person’s point of view.
Visit Art Galleries
Visit art galleries, attend exhibitions and explore the work of other photographers. Every photographer has a unique style and some might become a source of inspiration for you. It might seem a little difficult at beginning but try to get your work accepted by a gallery. This will not only give you more exposure but will also boost your courage!
DON’Ts Of Photography
On the contrary, there are a few practices which you should avoid for achieving success.
Don’t Give Unintended Exposure
The pictures you possess are your treasure. Don’t expose them to people for stealing. Never email them or post on a blog for every body to see unless of course, if you want it to be so. The websites for picture sharing only allow intended users to view your pictures. You don’t want to end up seeing other people’s signature on your photographs, do you?
Don’t Use a Big Camera (Until needed)
The size and weight of the camera can take a serious toll on your performance, especially when you are outdoors. In fact most of the high quality cameras available in the market are smaller in size and shrinking day by day.
Don’t Get Disheartened
It is normal to have your photos rejected from the stock photo websites. Some of the websites will even give you feed back for the reasons of rejection. In this way you will learn a lot. With the passage of time you will get a stronger footing.
Don’t Involve Your Family, Friends Or Yourself
Don’t make your family and friends the subject of your photography. In addition to privacy breaches, such pictures can be used to exploit your weaknesses in the future. Such pictures when used for business or professional purposes might give a very ugly result. Obviously no one will be interested to buy such pictures.
Don’t Delete The Photos Too Soon!
Sometimes in order to create more room for photos we delete older ones from the camera’s memory without transferring them to the pc. In my view this should be considered a crime. Why? Because how can someone figure out the essence of a photo merely by seeing it on the camera’s tiny LCD screen? You never know, you might delete something worthy of an award. So, the next time you are deleting that one particular photo from your camera’s memory, think twice.
Success in photography requires you to practice a lot of things and a lot more to avoid. It’s always good to experiment and play around with exposure, focus, composition and perspective. Joining stock photo websites, making use of the right software, use of compatible and rechargeable batteries, bringing creativity and creation of back up are always recommended. On the other hand, there are some things that you should be avoided other than the technical things taught at school. With experience and learning one can become a very good photographer, all it takes is time.