4 Photography Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Earlier

Like many facets of life, there are many photography lessons that I’ve learned over the years that I wish I’d known earlier! Let’s have a look at some of them, in the hope that it might help those of you who are just starting out in the world of photography.

1. You’re what counts, not your camera

Equipment doesn’t make a photographer! Cameras, lenses, computers and lighting are all essential tools for photographers in the modern age, but there is a tendency for photographers to think they’re the be-all and end-all. But it’s important to remember that the best gear in the world is no substitute for knowledge and a good eye.

2. Aim for the eyes

It sounds simple, but it’s amazing how often people forget to focus on the eyes in a portrait. The old adage of the eyes being the window to the soul is one to remember here – by focusing on the eyes, you’ll create a strong composition. Sharp eyes draw the viewer into the shot and help to create a successful image.

3. Keep your social media up to date

In a world that’s increasingly focused on the online world, being a successful photographer means you need to keep your social presence active. Number one is having a good website, which you keep relevant and is optimized for search engines (SEO). But it’s also important to use apps such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, as these are often the way that people look for new photographers.

4. Learn about lighting from the start

Without light, there is no image and light makes or breaks a shot. Understanding light is the single most important thing for a photographer. You need to understand natural light and how different times of day and weather conditions affect it. And you also need to understand artificial light – flashguns and studio lighting – so that you can learn to control light in all situations.

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