We all have to start somewhere. Motivated by something or someone that excelled in what we aspire to be. There is a mixture of arrogant, selfish, humble and helpful photographers and a few “tweener’s” who make it difficult or easier for those that are eager to learn and grow or expand their knowledge and skill base.
But, whatever your personal endeavors are as a photographer, make sure that your equipment and energy matches the environment and job/assignment that you are suited for. If you are a sports, concert or event photographer, it’s best to travel light and have convenient storage system for your equipment when not in use. Like a vest that holds extra lenses and accessories, as an example, a photographers back pack with some of these specs, some of you may require more:
- Camera bag is designed specifically for digital photography enthusiasts
- Photo accessory provides an ample amount of space to carry your camera, 2-3 lenses, and accessories
- Backpack is impact, weather and stain resistant
- Fully customizable with adjustable padded compartments
- Messenger style makes it easy and comfortable to use
- Outer shell is constructed of durable 600 denier ballistic nylon
- Available in black with navy color option
- Interior Dimensions: 12.6 inches x 4.5 inches x 17.3 inches
- Exterior Dimensions: 9.5 inches x 7.1 inches x 16 Inches
Price and style may vary with these accessories. If you are a concert or sports photographer, know that you will not always be allowed to use your flash during the event or you may only be allowed to shoot the opening song of the first act (unless you are hired by the promoter or venue). This makes it even more important to know your equipment and settings – the right tool for the right job/the right settings for the right shot.
If you are a wedding, fashion or location photographer, portable lighting systems and an assistant are usually helpful in some cases. A basic knowledge and understanding of lighting is a must, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the same results. The type of lenses that you use are as important as the camera body that they are attached to. If you have a $2,000.00 body and a $150.00 lens, your end result could be disappointing. If, by chance you have a $600.00 body and a $1,200.00 lens, you are half way to your objective. What am I getting at? The lens and technology should at least be on the same playing field, based on what you can afford, although it is the quality of the lens that makes the real difference.
Technology has come so far, whereas the camera makes just about anyone’s finished product appear to be taken by a professional. And there are books and on line tutorials you can search for and review. One book that my be helpful for studio photographers is:
Christopher Grey’s Studio Lighting Techniques for Photography: “Tricks of the Trade for Professional Digital Photographers” (authors, titles, techniques and prices may vary).
So, whatever your subject matter, strive for perfection, accept advice and criticism, practice and travel in order to grow, we all must be willing to learn from each other…
No matter what the level of experience we may have.
‘It’s easy to be a leader. It’s harder to be trusted.’ – k/d/morris (poet) 2011