How can a student become a professional photographer?

Do you really like to take pictures, and you are sure that the picture must necessarily be transformed from a simple hobby into your profession? Then this article is for you. Unfortunately, the unique recipe “how to become a photographer” does not exist, but the tips below will undoubtedly help you to make your dreams come true, at least this one 🙂

You need passion

Always maintain those feelings with which you started reading this article: passion, commitment, willingness to deal with difficulties, surmount all the obstacles that you are going to meet a lot on your way. Some of them are high level of competition among colleagues, the errors, the first failure, challenges and frustration.

When you become engaged in a photography in order to profit – shooting and processing photos may turn in the normal routine work. Do not let this happen, keep moving, improve your skills, create for yourself, your friends and not just for the money-minded purpose.

Here we have given to you some of the psychological advice because this is the essential point while taking up any endeavor! A lot of people once they have started doing something new give up because of the lack of motivation and satisfaction. Find the purpose of your occupation by asking yourself “Why should I do this?”, “What outcome am going to get from this thing?”, “Am I happy being involved in photography?” and so on… If you always now a precise answer to what you want everything will turn out the way you want it to be. Such traits as commitment, devotion, passion and willingness are important in most of the professions, especially when you do something for other people, such professions may include doctors, research paper writer, barbers, designers etc.

Some things to remember

The main thing to remember is that whether you have a good and expensive camera or not, does not mean that you are now a photographer. A lot of people who know the owners of these smart cameras ask them why they are not engaged in photographing weddings, holidays and so on. This is a very wrong question! You must know how to be a photographer, in fact, you need to have time to catch the best shot, help with a position and posture, fix drawbacks, and so forth. A good photographer is studying all his life: how to work with light, with decorations, with people, with new cameras and so forth.

How to start

To start, take courses or more serious training, for example, in photography school. Here you will learn how to work with compositions, with light and shadows. In addition, it is much better to learn about the necessary equipment from the experts, than to try by trial and error method and as a result, lose your valuable time. Of course, you can study photography and become a photographer by yourself by watching online lessons, for example. Do not hurry up to buy an expensive camera, you can start shooting with the simplest digital camera, but with the adjustment settings (not automatic settings), where you can adjust the suitable ISO setting, flash, color-balance and so on. Now you can find an inexpensive, but a good digital camera with optical zoom, and the ability to capture small parts (for macro). Watch tutorials and learn to shoot weather, people, traffic, water and so on.


The next step on the way to becoming a photographer will be training to work with ready-made images. Each picture needs attention and time, so you can add personality and individuality to each picture. Undoubtedly, the most popular program is the «Adobe Photoshop», although the cost can be high for you. But first, you can install a less expensive version of «Adobe Photoshop Elements».

Do not forget about the competitive spirit: take part in a competition, where your shots can be evaluated (on diverse blogs and websites), in addition, you will be able to take first place and win a prize. Once you have learned the basics of photography, you will be able to confidently buy high-quality and professional equipment with high-quality optics, with iris, with the possibility of re-buy the necessary accessories to the camera.

Creating a personal portfolio

In order to start work as a photographer on a commercial basis, you will need a minimum set of different selection of the highest quality photos. Select the best photos from your own perspective taken by you but keep in mind that they must be different.

It is best if you have some free photo sessions in the studio and on the street with the model you like. The resultant pictures will be the ones for your portfolio.

Do not jump in feet first!

Do not spend all your free time only for your passion. It is clear that you want to get the most quality results in the shortest possible time, but think about the other side of the coin – you can “burn out”, simply overdo it, and your loved ones and family, most likely will not be in awe of your permanent absence .



Communication skills

Not only technical skills and creativity are important to the profession of a photographer. It is important as well as the ability to communicate, find a common language with strangers as well. It is important to quickly “transmit” the customers into the category of “friends” during the shooting, they will feel, more relaxed and confident. It is important to “feel” your customer, to know when it is appropriate to make a joke, and when it’s better to abstain from them.

Constant studies

Improve your skills constantly: either alone or with the help of literature and Internet — online resources and with the help of various courses, masterclasses that are widely available nowadays. Here you will find best tools for editing and improving the outcome.

How can a student become a professional photographer?


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