So You Want to be a Photographer - Top Tips

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.” — Anonymous 

I love this quote, it's so true.  You can have the most expensive camera in the world but if you don't know how to take a good photograph, what's the point?

See the picture 

It's really important to learn how to use your eyes before even thinking about spending a fortune on a camera.  

See the picture before you take it. 
Eeek me many years ago .......when featured in the Woman and Home magazine on starting a photography business.

Training is important

When I was training for my qualification with the British Institute of Professional Photographers I learned very quickly how to see and frame an image. 

Print after print was sent back scribbled on until I got it right.

And I so wanted to get it right as I wanted to become a professional photographer to earn respect and money! :)  

It took me two years to get that qualification.  I and my family were very proud.  It was a great feeling.

If you want to get it right

So if you want to be a photographer and want to be the best it's important to get some training.  After all you wouldn't become a vet, a doctor or any other professional without training would you?   

Top tips  

  • Use any camera, even your phone will do to begin with.
  • Take a photo, print it off (it doesn't have to be a quality print so don't spend a fortune on it).  
  • Cut out a border or 4 strips of paper to create a border.  Place over the image until you see an improved picture.  Go on try it!  You will be amazed.  
  • Take more photos and even more.  It's fine, it's digital, you can delete.  
  • Remember 'practice makes perfect' = regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it.

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