A Beginners Guide To Taking Your Photography To The Next Step

Maybe you got a new camera for the holidays, maybe you bought a camera when your first child was born, maybe you have always had a camera in your hand. Chances are if youre watching this video you have a passion for photography and want to grow your skill and maybe even make a few dollars doing it. If thats you this video is going to tell you the next steps to becoming a better photographer. If none of that sounds appealing to you…. GET OUT OF MY LIFE RIGHT NOW

Theres the Canon 17-55 f2.8, Nikon makes a 17-55 f2.8 that is stupid expensive. Sigma 18-35 f1.8 (Canon Nikon)and the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (Canon Nikon) All are great lenses but the manufacture versions will hold there value much better than the 3rd party versions. The Tamron 17-50 f2.8 is the cheapest by far and I think a great choice if you want better quality today but know you're going to upgrade to a FF camera in the future and don't want to invest all of your money in a lens. Having a consistent aperture of 2.8 is great because the more you zoom in the more out of focus the background will be. Instantly separating your photos from the people not willing to invest in them self and their photography.

If you really want to step out of your comfort zone and have your growth explode get a prime lens! Both Canon and Nikon make a good quality inexpensive 50mm 1.8. Click the link to get them on Amazon! Canon or Nikon

Its… Its not. In fact I would say not knowing how to use flash and take control of your light is irresponsible to your clients. A flash and a wireless flash trigger can be had for under $100 total and next to getting a 50mm 1.8 its the best purchase a beginner can make Hands down. Here is the Flash and Flash trigger I use at weddings. Flash Flash Trigger

 

4. GET SERIOUS ABOUT BACK UPS

If someone wants to pay you money, for a service, for your talent, for your time. Its your duty to have their best interest in mind. And part of that is having a solid back up strategy in place. Im not talking about having 100 hard drives, a network attached storage server of Raid Arrays and a team of IT professionals doing constant MD5 hash sum checks on your data (Im not even sure if that’s a thing).

When you're starting out having a simple backup is as easy as one external hard drive. If you have a Mac, Time Machine which is built into the operating system is the perfect solution for you. It requires like 3 clicks to set it up and as long as the hard drive is plugged in you never have to worry about it again. Windows has a similar back up application called… Windows…Backup…real original.

When it comes to hard drives the question is never IF your hard drive will fail but WHEN will your hard drive fail. Imagine you've been shooting for a year or so. You've taken thousands of photos of your kids, you've documented them growing up perfectly. You've been shooting paid gigs for a few months now and your clients are loving you, they are referring you to their friends, you're shooting them, you import the photos onto your computer to edit and the next day after you have formated your card… your computer dies. Your only copy of your kids childhood. Dozens of clients photos gone, including the ones you haven't delivered yet. What do you do? Well you have to get on the phone and tell them they wasted their time because you have nothing to edit and give them. And you also spent the money they gave you on delicious donuts from that one place down the street that also has a line a mile long because they are so good… so you cant give them a refund Because now you also have to buy a new computer. Think they're gonna be happy? Oh Oh Wait! You listened to raymond and bought an external hard drive! Your data is backed up! You kids photos are backed up! Your clients photos are backed up! The sessions your editing are backed up! Man… that whole crisis was averted because you weren't too cheap to spend like $60 on an external hard drive to protect yourself. As you shoot more and your photography grows you can get larger hard drives and better back ups but for now… something is better than nothing. Like THIS ONE from Western Digital works with a PC and a Mac, and it comes with automatic back up software. And 1TB of space will hold about a half million photos. So that should last you a while.