So You Want To Be A Photographer…
So you have made a decision – you want to be a photographer. I do consider myself a photographer – not as renowned as my cousin Charleen but still a photographer just the same. We are very different – she excels at human portraits both in and out of studio. I focus on nature and animals.
When people think of photography they probably have just one basic idea of what that means but through blogging I have learned that the world of photography is as vast as the world of blogging.
When I think of photography I think of:
- Photo Journalist
- Fine Art
- Still Life
- Time Lapse
- High Speed
- Double Exposure
- And so much more….
As you can see you don’t need to be intimidated by anyone you just need to pick the niche that works best for you. I could never be a portrait photographer – but I love working with animals and climbing cliffs and ocean walking etc… So give me the mountains, horses, dogs, oceans, fields of green and more and I am a very happy person and photographer. I prefer not to pose people and animals – I want to capture the natural in everything. You won’t find me putting a bride on a horse and asking her to pose. I could put a bride on a horse and just shadow her and capture what happens naturally.
I find a great way to break into photography even if it is just for fun is to participate in challenges. First, challenge yourself to take a photo a day. Throughout the year, push yourself by trying different lens focal lengths and shooting from new perspectives. Three years ago I featured a photo a day on my blog. I literally did not miss one day. It was a bit of a challenge for sure because I never wanted to miss a day no matter what. I succeeded and when it was over I felt like something was missing.
This year I have a focus of Black and White. I am not a black and white photographer per se but I do love B&W. So 2018 is the year of a B&W photo a day and I get to feature photos like these:
What could you be happy photographing every single day? Take your passion and create a career! It helps to have constantly willing human and equine models. I start taking pictures and I swear the entire herd comes running. Most of my photos are of my horses but occasionally I spend some time with the herd or other peoples horses. You’d be surprised just how much you can learn about a horse’s personality by taking photos and studying the photos, paying attention to their demeanor while you work and while you walk away and stop working…
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