A huge part of photography’s popularity comes from the amount of subjectivity involved. There are countless different techniques and each photographer has their own distinct style. However, thanks to the professionals on Troolr, we have compiled a short list of 5 photography tips that every photographer, no matter the skill level, should always keep in mind.

 

1. Learn from the best

Whether it be a teacher, a friend or even just a featured article in the random magazine you picked up while waiting at the dentist. The only way to become the best is to learn from the best. Take a class, read a blog, join a photography club to get a different perspective and some new photography tips. There are so many resources that can help you grow and fulfill your potential. The key is to surround yourself with those resources.

 

2. Create your own style

Photography is popular and I mean really popular. There’s a huge number of professional photographers out there and the most successful all have one thing in common, a unique style. You may be one of the thousands of nature photographers, but not a single one of those other photographers should take photos quite as you do. It is okay to emulate others when you are learning but if you want to become a truly great photographer, create your own style.

 

“Be patient, there are busy times and slow times, use those times for your advantage. When you’re busy don’t cut corners always do your best. When you’re slow look for new clients”

 

3. Be patient with your photography

During your career, sometimes you will lose patience with your work, your subjects or even yourself. The key is to remember why you do what you do. Whenever you start to get frustrated, think about how far you have come and how hard you worked to get where you are today. Patience is key in all things and photography is no different.

 

“I’ve been a photographer for over 35 years and I wouldn’t change a thing”

 

4. Find your passion

Weddings, pets, people, nature, aquatic wildlife; the beauty of photography is that you can take a picture of anything. So find what interests you and make that your subject. Nothing is worse for a photographer than being forced to take photos of an uninteresting subject. Your pictures should reflect you as an artist and if you feel that passion start to slip away, assess your subject. Decide if it is time for a change and remind yourself why you fell in love with photography in the first place.

 

“The hardest thing to learn when you’re starting out is that harsh light ruins your photos and you can’t rely on natural light mid-day. Once you learn lighting and the effects it has then you’re heading in the right direction”

 

5. Master lighting

Lighting is everything when taking a photo. If the photo is too dark then you could miss out on important details. If the photo is overexposed, then everything becomes blurry and washed out. Finding that balance is no joke and takes a lot of practice to get right. So how do you master lighting? Learn from the best, study what others are doing. Create your own style, figure out what type of lighting appeals to you. Be patient, mastering anything is difficult and takes time, a lot of time. Finally, remember your passion, do not forget that you love photography and no amount of frustration will ever change that.

 

For more photography tips check out Troolr.com and contact a professional near you. Special thanks to Michael Pascucci and Brittany Rose Photography for their input and thoughts.