If you like to take pictures with your cell phone, but you are nervous to take pictures in public or of people, or even of scenery, because you are scared they won’t turn out, then let’s get rid of those doubts.
At some point, the reason most people want to be a photographer is that they took one good photo and it looked very professional, and you like it, and so did the family and friends. But, now you are a little nervous about doing more for fear of failure.
Trust me, we have all been there at one time. I want to walk you through some steps of how to gain your confidence to take “professional looking” photos, even with your cell phone.
STEP 1 TO BECOMING A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER:
The first step to becoming a good photographer is to have that desire to photography! You just don’t decide to do it because someone else did it. You are finding you really like “artistic-type” photos, and want to try your skills at it.
STEP 2 TO BECOMING A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER:
Find a collection of photographs, or follow a photographer you like on Social Media. Study the photos and see what it is you like about them. The reason to find photos that you like is the more you find, the more you want to create photos yourself. You start to believe that maybe you have some skills in photography because you like good photography, and want something more than just “snapshots”.
STEP 3 IN BECOMING A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER:
Now, you know you are not that good, and you are not sure what to do next. The next best thing is to find a place where you can learn the skills of photography, and art. Find a place that you can learn about composition, techniques, posing people, lighting, etc. And, of course, I would recommend that you follow this website. That covers all the things about developing the skill you need to become a good photographer.
STEP 4 IN BECOMING A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER:
Start taking pictures, especially after you have read some of the teaching you have read. We call that practice, practice, practice. And here is something beautiful about taking pictures with your smartphone camera: If you make a big mistake, you can either ask about how to fix it, or you can discard it. There is no need to keep a bad picture, unless you want to find out WHY it’s a bad picture, and what did you do wrong.
And here is a famous idea from a professional photographer: You won’t get good at photography until you have taken 10,000 photos.
STEP 5 IN BECOMING A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER:
Do you think you can find someone, who is legitimately a good photographer, that can guide you and help you with questions about your photography? That might be a tough one. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there, who think they are good, but, they really don’t know what they are doing. YIKES! And if you see someone who thinks they are good and they are not, and you know it, then peacefully leave them and find someone.
Did you know that this website has a service, in which you could ask any photographic question? You can personally send a note to the editor of this website and he will answer your questions personally about any photo subject. Here is the post that will let you ask them. I post this a lot during these blogs, so, here it is again: