Tips for Becoming a Photographer

If you are inter­est­ed in pho­tog­ra­phy, or want to become a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er, here are my thoughts & resources.

People ask me fairly often about getting started in photography (for fun or as a small business). Here’s some of what I say & resources for learning to be a better photographer.

So, you are into pho­tog­ra­phy and won­der­ing if you can do more with your cam­era, or maybe even make the leap into mak­ing mon­ey as a pro pho­tog­ra­ph­er.  It’s a blast for sure— tricky as a busi­ness, but to just have fun and earn a lit­tle it’s easy to get start­ed. To be an actu­al pro­fes­sion­al though is much more than just being paid, it’s, well, being pro­fes­sion­al— but that’s for anoth­er post.
Here are my ‘tips’ posts for new pho­tog­ra­phers:
Start by read­ing what I’ve said to peo­ple before, via Ken’s Shoot Notes Blog New Pho­tog­ra­phers Cat­e­go­ry HERE
Just keep work­ing your way back through the old­er entries and you’ll see the var­i­ous things I’ve post­ed.
One big tip is to real­ly shoot a LOT and to learn to use light and flash well. Peo­ple get­ting start­ed real­ly avoid learn­ing that and it real­ly lim­its them.

Great online learning:

Photo of a Creative Live Class with photographer using a studio light to capture a dancer in the air
I real­ly like the Cre­ative Live videos:
They often have a sales on their pho­to fun­da­men­tals class­es, and my affil­i­ate link gets you a $15 dis­count, even on sale prices (I get $15 too, to be can­did— but I would­n’t rec­om­mend them if I did­n’t love them so much).
Kel­by­One also has a learn­ing track for new pho­tog­ra­phers:
They are a year­ly sub­scrip­tions ser­vice and I’ve sub­scribed here and there over the years.

Where to start to become a photographer?

Just start with what­ev­er cam­era you have, don’t feel you need to run out and buy an expen­sive kit. Real­ly learn how to do every­thing you can with your cur­rent cam­era, and take a ton of images— look at your images after each shoot and ana­lyze what works and what doesn’t. Keep improv­ing every time you go out snap­ping. This is the place to start.
Watch videos to real­ly under­stand the basics like your cam­era set­tings, what your aper­ture & Shut­ter speed do, etc.
Nev­er stop learn­ing… and if it does­n’t ever stop being fun, then maybe you’re on to some­thing good 🌟
Check out my key post on how to get start­ed mak­ing mon­ey as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er HERE

Interested in being mentored & possibly joining our team?

If your work is at a begin­ner-pro lev­el (at least), con­sid­er giv­ing us a shout. We have a his­to­ry of men­tor­ing young pho­tog­ra­phers who are teach­able.

If you have a sol­id his­to­ry as a pro, and would­n’t mind some extra work/collaboration here and there, also get in touch.

We’re con­tact­ed fair­ly often, so please real­ize it might take a while to hear back from us. Hav­ing moved recent­ly to the Durham NC Tri­an­gle area, this is where we are look­ing for help.

We can only respond if you:

  • tell us about your cur­rent skill lev­el & types of work you like to do (we do PR, events and the­atre)
  • send links to recent work show­ing you can use light well, includ­ing small flash and take good pho­tos in tricky sit­u­a­tions

Learn by Assisting HuthPhoto:

If you are a pho­tog­ra­ph­er start­ing to devel­op your skills, have a fair­ly flex­i­ble sched­ule and are inter­est­ed in assist­ing Ken & Col­in to grow in your skills… feel free to get in touch. We occa­sion­al­ly need help and are build­ing a list of pos­si­ble new assis­tants.

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