Photography may be just a time-killing game for some friends, as long as it's fun, it won't take into account too much self-improvement. Of course, photography is a matter that everyone has different ideas, different starting points and different places to use, so there is nothing to do, or what must be understood. But in other words, if today you want to earn money through photography and become a professional photographer or a case-taking photographer, self-improvement is a very important thing. It's important for professional photographers to improve their abilities and learn more knowledge about different aspects from the improvement. They are very precious and important.
But we all know how to improve ourselves, but we often find that we seem to encounter bottlenecks, as if we are stuck in a certain stage, but not very clear where we are stuck.
What I want to share with you today is that Steve Giralt, one of the 30 most eye-catching new photographers selected by PDN magazine, shares his photographic growth stage. There are seven stages, including all the processes and transformations from the beginning of shooting to becoming a professional photographer.
I. Pay no attention to the period of skill
The first period is collectively referred to as the period of no attention to skills. During this period, you don't care about the composition, the light, the atmosphere and so on. The main purpose of taking pictures is to record what is happening or where it is. Of course, you may just use your cell phone or a fool camera to take pictures. It's not something you have to do during this period.
2. Half-attention period of skill
The second period is called the period of semi-focus technique. This period is usually the location of amateurs in photography. In addition to simply taking pictures, they began to think about whether adding something to make the pictures more beautiful. For example, switching to different scenario modes for shooting themes, and more in-depth, many friends began shooting RAW files, and plans to replace the socket at hand with better lenses.
3. Focusing on Skills Period
The third is the period of paying attention to skills. During this period, photographers began to really participate in photography-related teaching courses and start photography skills, including composition, the use of light, the quality of light ratio. Usually in this period of time, photographers should have a good SLR camera, off-camera flash, and several different focal lenses at hand. In addition, if some photographers are interested in studio shooting, they may also have a few lights, shadowless masks, or other light control tools during this period. They will also begin to understand the post-production software such as Photoshop, and use the software to make the photos feel what they want.
4. Over-focusing on Skills and Overfocusing on Conceptual Periods
The fourth is the period of excessive attention to skills and neglect of concepts. During this period, photographers have been able to use good techniques to take good pictures, but at the same time, pay too much attention to techniques, so that you immerse in the adjustment of numerical values and camera settings, and excessive viewing of the LCD screen in shooting. In addition to taking photos, you also spend a lot of time focusing on various camera tests, reviews and articles on the Internet. Even though you already have a good camera tool at hand, you still feel that you should have a better lens or fuselage, lamps and lanterns. In addition, you begin to feel that there are too many obstacles to your progress around you, but never think that it is you who may hinder your progress.
V. Semi-Concerned Conceptual Period
The fifth period is the semi-conceptual period. When this time comes, photography skills are no longer important to you, because it can be said that it is natural. During this period, you have begun to think about the ideas and concepts to be conveyed in the photos. Compared with thinking, you have less time to pick up the camera to take pictures. Your photo is not just a beautiful picture. It begins to convey some ideas and words. In this period, instead of chasing equipment crazily, you begin to make the best use of the equipment at your disposal and make the best use of it. You also prepare the list of pictures you want and complete your photography plan step by step.
Concern about the Conceptual Period
The sixth period is the conceptual period. In this period, you have been able to take beautiful works with rich concepts. If you are in the business photography circle, you can also put forward more rich ideas and implement them, so that the results of the photos are quite rich. During this period, your customers have hired you not only because you can take beautiful pictures, but also because you can clearly convey the ideas they need.
VII. Emphasis on Skills and Concepts
The last period lays equal stress on skills and concepts. Generally speaking, few photographers can reach this stage, in which you can take more meaningful pictures than just concepts. You don't take pictures to take pictures. You take pictures to tell a story. And the depth of the story can be revealed through the image, no doubt, but as just said, few photographers can reach this stage! Generally speaking, there is no way to charge for photography, so it will gradually lose interest.