Clicker Happy – The Hobbyist and The Professional

Sep 03

Clicker Happy – The Hobbyist and The Professional

Ok, so you have a camera and started taking photos. You move from one location to the other trying to prove that you are worthy to be called a photographer. You look through your lens and click on your shutter button, check the LCD, the image is not that artistic (what do you do?) the inevitable happens – DELETE IMAGE. Move to the next location, same incident happens. Then out of the blue someone pops the question, “are you a hobbyist or a pro?” Then you start to think, what do you mean by that? I am a photographer, yes, but I do not consider photography as just merely my hobby but a profession. So that makes me a pro and not a hobbyist? These days, a lot of people or anyone can call themselves professional photographers when the truth is they are hobbyists. This is the reason why a lot of photographers enter the photo industry, but fail to sustain their name in the business. There are instances where an amateur photographer gets too disappointed with their failing photography business that they end up selling all their gears and completely turning their back against photography. There are two types of photographers – the hobbyist or amateur and the professional. Though both types of photographers love and share the same passion in photography, the difference is on how they take photos and how they perceive photography as a whole. The purpose of this article is to make an aspiring photographer understand where their passion can lead them. That being said let us dissect and differentiate a pro from a hobbyist. By definition, a professional photographer is someone who takes photos and gets compensated because of the images they produce. There are professional photographers who focus on landscape photography or some on portrait photography. Whatever the expertise is, the main reason why they call someone a professional photographer is because they earn a living by taking photos. As a professional photographer you get consistently paid for your work. You learn, practice and acquire more techniques to be more competent in photographic art and in turn get paid to do it for others. You bank on buying the right gear or...

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Photo Coverage: The Reason It’s Expensive

Aug 17

Photo Coverage: The Reason It’s Expensive

It is true that we wanted to capture all the beautiful and memorable events in our lives. From graduations, birthday celebrations, baptisms, pre – nuptial events (to name a few) demand the high skill competency of photographers to capture each smile, tears of joy and wacky moments artistically. Since the demand is high so comes the price that you need to pay in order to capture these memories. However, people still think that having your photos taken should not be that expensive. This may be true if you will not hire a professional photographer and just ask a friend or member of the family to take the role of a photographer. Before we even close our doors and weed out the option of hiring the real deal, we need to consider the following reasons on why a photo coverage/shoot or hiring a photographer can be an expensive deal. Consider the time Sure the party or event ends after 2 to 3 hours, but what you have not taken into consideration is the time they need to prepare (all their photo gadgets and paraphernalia) prior the event. Aside from that, you also need to think about the travel time from and to the venue. Now we are done with the photo shoot, what happens next? The photographer still needs to process the photos do some editing (if there is a need), save it and create a story on the photo sequence. They take their time in processing and ensuring that each photo comes out perfect. Photography Skills and Artistry Remember that photographers don’t just take photos and shoot like there is no tomorrow. Before they shoot, they need to check on the composition, the subject, the story behind each image and the possible total outcome of the photo. Aside from unleashing the artist in them, these photographers also need to be a mix of a good marketer or sales person since they need to sell their expertise in order for them to get paid and earn. Pursuit of excellence Professional photographers do not settle for mediocre outcome or performance. Every photo they take has a story behind it and should meet their quality and composition standards. All photos are unique....

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Teaching Your Kid a Thing or Two About Photography

Jul 16

Teaching Your Kid a Thing or Two About Photography

When is the right age to teach your kid about photography? Three, six or ten years old, there is no set age limit when we talk about photography. As long as your child can hold the camera steadily and can click on the shutter button then they are ready to shoot. When you introduce the joys of photography to your kids always bear in mind the basics, start it off by teaching them how to hold the camera correctly. Consider the fact that they still have little fingers and might have a difficult time holding the camera steadily. Since they are your little tripods, expect that they will get or end up with a blurry picture. Do not rush things and explain that it is normal to get blurry photos on the first try. Once you see that they are more comfortable in handling the camera then you can now teach them other techniques. Show them different types of photographs that you personally took. They will be more interested and challenged to take their first masterpiece if they see the photos you have taken. Showing them different compositions and subjects will eventually bring out their creative juices. Let them experiment, same as what you have done when you first started with your hobby. Let them feel that it is ok to just point and shoot. Take as many photos as they want and can. As they take their own photos, ask them to choose their favorite photo and ask them why they chose it. This way they would learn and understand their photography style. Expose them to different photography subjects. Take this time to further teach them about composition, the focal point, correct lighting and the story they would like to tell based on the photograph they have taken. Persuade them to photograph different things or subjects. Let them take a photo of a flower, the garden, and the people at home, at the park or as simple as their favorite toy. Set an example and show them how it is done. Identify a subject and show them how to take the photo with different angles. Show them different ways on how to take the perfect angle, take one...

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