Post # 1
Hi. Im looking for some advice on how would i go about getting into photography. Can it be done without having to go through school for it? I recently took out a loan for a psw few years back and looking at different career options that would possibly not involve going to school. I have always enjoyed taking photos of pets and my 11 month daughter. I have been taking photos of family etc since i was teenager. I know buying the equipment can be pretty pricey for a good camera. I have spent a great deal on one before so im well prepared for that. Im just looking for advice.If anyone has anything to offer.
Post # 3
@isabelle_86: My advice for getting into any trade is to look into an apprenticeship. Schools are great and all, but an apprenticeship with a person experienced in your field of interest is a lot more in depth.
Some apprenticeships are free, and some people will ask a fee to teach you. If you know a great photographer with a lot of experience, reach out to them and ask if they’d be interested in taking you on. Another option is to post in photography forums in your area and see if anyone is looking.
Post # 4
You’re going to need to learn how to use the camera, yes. And Lightroom for editing. You’ll need a good camera. My photographer uses a Canon 5D Mark III, which retails for around $3500 without any lenses. She also has a backup camera just in case (as well as two cameras for her husband, who acts as a second shooter).
You need to practice and build up a portfolio.
Post # 5
I do know a photographer. She is shooting my wedding next summer. But im probably just going to do some of my photos for a bit before i decide to tag a long with someone.
Post # 6
The only problem with being self-taught is you may be more inclined to pick up bad “habits” that you don’t even realize you’re doing, but a pro would and would be able to correct you. Definitely take your time getting comfortable with a camera, but if you are seriously considering attempting to do this as a profession, you’ll really want someone to teach you the ropes.
Post # 7
Most definately. Im also considering taking a course or two later on that would give me more experience.
Post # 8
my photographer used the same camera! his wife shoots with him she used their Mark II since that was his old one 🙂