What is photography about? Professional camera, innate abilities, or both? Nowadays everyone considers themselves a photographer, having a smartphone with instant access to the camera and lots of enhancers for the image. However, not everything is that simple, as professionalism develops from a quintessence of characteristics.
1. Passion for photography
Eagerness for photography will help you stand out from the crowd. It’s your inner engine that will always push you forward, make you find new techniques, and try them with various genres of photos. The passion for what you do is the cornerstone of constant development and improvement. People who follow their true vocation never stop, but always explore, mastering their skills and professional perception.
2. Ability to see things
Such a quality sounds rather simple as we all can observe the world around us. However, we all see it differently. While you may just see a regular cat resting on the bench, the photographer will see a perfect composition with the cat being the centerpiece of the idea, as there’s a proper balance of white, enough light, and proper placement. Basically, an eye for beauty means the ability to see the details and turn the insignificant ones into the focal point of the masterpiece.
Moreover, such a vision of beauty will also benefit the uniqueness of your social network profile, as the photo content will always hit the spot, whether it’s a collage or a simple post, or you want to create timeline online, using your best pieces.
3. Thirst for knowledge
If you see beauty in detail but have no idea how the camera functions, it may deteriorate the results. Just by pressing the button, you will not get the picture you see in your imagination. You need a sound knowledge of all the functions on the camera, and learn to adjust the characteristics according to the ambiance and weather conditions. Some think that the automatic regime will make a perfect companion, yet it’s not enough. Types of lenses and filters, flash, reflectors – everything matters when creating masterpieces.
Besides, the evolution of photography doesn’t stop even for a moment, it’s important to keep track of all new methods and techniques used in order to build your professionalism and the quality of the photos.
4. Soft Skills
Soft skills are part and parcel of every job that involves human contact. Communication builds relationships with the client, as it defines the structure of your cooperation.
Photographers are psychologists in some ways, as they see through the person a depict the real face rather than the masks demanded by society. Such an understanding of a client doesn’t come out of nowhere, it’s rather an ability to hear the person and active involvement in the conversation.
Another important piece of knowledge – body language, as the words may not always be the reflection of an emotional state or a true desire. You need to be attentive to all the signals the body sends, as it often is about anxiety, discomfort, inner tension, etc. When you know the basics and observe the behavior, you will be able to get hold of the situation.
It is also important to express your vision of the result, from another perspective, as the client, due to the lack of knowledge, can miss the details. Be tactful, and never imposing.
6. Stress resistance and patience
Psychologists often recommend we leave our comfort zone in order to see all the facets of the world around us and build up stronger personalities. Well, photographers are definitely the ones who succeed in the matter, as their work schedule can include strict deadlines, challenging weather conditions, outdoor-indoor ambiance, etc. While having such a background and often tense psychological environment, it’s important to stay positive and focus on the work and its quality.
Clients are often quite confident about what they want to get at the end of the cooperation, yet when it comes to photo shooting, the situation is quite opposite, as they start worrying about the way they look, and it slows down everything.
The photographer should always be prepared for such situations and be able to smooth things over and help people feel at ease because that’s the only way to get the right emotion for the photo.
It may seem that working with inanimate objects is easier, yet it’s not, as they can’t give the emotional background and you need to create it yourself.
7. Creating a story
Every photoshoot is about creating a story, not just capturing a prepared beautiful pose and facial expression. The photos with the story are always alive, every detail has a special connotation and helps to complement the overall image. When looking at such photos we have the “Oh, remember that moment?” thoughts, and the memories flood in. Isn’t it the main idea of the photos?
Photographers are the creators of the history of life. They help to capture the moment and make the time stop at least in the photos. A true photographer isn’t the one who has the best camera, but the one who knows how to show the inner world of the person just by playing with the light. While developing your hard skills, make sure you dedicate enough time to learning psychology, as it’s the key to understanding your client.