Factors that separate photographers from picture takers.
- Learning to compose a shot is the key to becoming a photographer. Composing a shot is looking at scene, seeing that scene through a camera, and capturing that in a picture. Composition in most cases is a natural talent and it can be difficult to learn it. However, with the right teacher, one can move in the right direction of learning composition.
- Lighting is the single most important factor in photography. Learning to manipulate light is essential to becoming a photographer. First thing we learn as photographers are: factors in a camera which control light: ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. Once we have learned how to use these factors then we then move onto flash and off camera flash. Ultimately, photographers are masters at controlling light.
- The Love of Photography
- Finally, photographers love taking pictures! They love talking about how they take their pictures and they love sharing ideas on how they plan on taking new pictures. Either we have a love for photography or we do not... It is that love of photography that makes us one to go that extra mile to create stunning images. That love pushes us to be better photographers.
If you are a picture taker, or an aspiring photographer... Never give up! Never stop shooting! The best way to learn photography is practice and allow for constructive criticism. We can always learn if we are listening.
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