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How to Become a Photographer

April 26

6 min. to read

Whether you've chosen to become a photographer because of the passion or plan, check out our tips.

Photography is a growing career. You can make around $70,000 per year if you make it a career, and even more if you’re lucky enough to break into the big league. Everybody likes toying with a camera and saving pictures that stand out. If you are also thinking of becoming a photographer then you have landed on the right page. Given below are tips on how to become a photographer.


Contrary to the popular belief, photography, like any other art, can be learnt. You need to know all aspects of photography, from holding a camera to lighting to camera angles etc. Other than this, you will also need to know the lingo to be able to present yourself as a professional. There are words or jargon that photographers regularly use, and unless you can communicate in this language, you will never be able to be a part of the crowd. Photography courses are also a great way to expand your portfolio and take your skills to the next level.

Tips For Beginners

Professional DSLR cameras come with various adjustable settings that a photographer needs to consider. These settings include ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Realizing what the mix of these settings mean for your photos will help you catch the correct shot the way you expected and spare you a huge amount of trouble when you get down to editing.

Different settings, for example, shooting in manual mode (or some other mode) and saving pictures in RAW format are normal in photography world. Photographers have their own way using settings, so discovering these settings will be a help you get a better picture.


Selecting a decent camera seem like a daunting task since we have such a huge variety of Cameras available. We’d suggest to start of with a basic DSLR camera that is affordable and comes with all the required settings such as ISO, shutter speed, focus and aperture.

Nikon D810 FX is quite a good camera with everything that you need. However, if you’re just starting out, you may buy a cheaper camera.

Practice Makes Perfect

Put in some time and practice to perfect your skills. Grab a friend and click his pictures and improve your game. Apply as a volunteer at events to improve your skills and share your work on social media to hear from others and also talk to experts about it.

Photo Editing with Luminar 1.0 by Skylum – An Easy and Smarter Way to Edit Photos Like a Pro

Editing photos can improve quality. A picture engaging quality can be enhanced by correcting shades, modifying poor picture lighting or reestablishing a picture to its unique shading. Even the biggest photographers edit their photos to make them look truly professional. This is why they say - even the model on the cover of your favorite magazine doesn't look like the model on the cover of your favorite magazine!

Editing changes your dull photo to an eye-catching picture. With editing you can play around your photos improving brightness, lighting, angles and even improving facial structures. There are many photo editing tools out there, while most people use Photoshop, it is not the best tool since it isn’t specifically made for photographers. You should instead look at a tool like Luminar. It is a simple yet highly productive Mac photo editor which is actually competing among other famous photo editing softwares. All it takes is to upload your photo in Luminar and an eye catching picture is just a few clicks away. Luminar has all the tools that are simple to use and are easy to use even for beginners. You can purchase it for just under 70$.

Final Verdict

With the explained tips above combined with the photography equipment and dedication, you can get close to your objective of taking better photos and with consistent practice you may even turn into an expert photographer.

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Our team of passionate photography enthusiasts at Skylum has been committed to assisting you in discovering the world through your lens for over a decade. We're dedicated to providing photographers like you with easy-to-use tools and valuable resources to help you capture your vision and produce beautiful photos. Our articles are filled with friendly tips, industry insights, and inspiring stories from other creative individuals in photography. Together, we can help you grow your photography skills to new heights. Join us on this exciting journey of exploration, creativity, and growth.

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