Taking your first steps in professional photography can be quite intimidating, as this is a field that requires a certain amount of skills and practical knowledge. I have compiled several useful tips that helped me out immensely in the process of establishing my freelance businesses at Alex Aaronson Photography. These will hopefully provide you some guidance on where to start and what to learn first in order to enhance your expertise.
In my first year of university, prior to starting Alex Aaronson Photography, I spent a considerable amount of time on learning how these three components affect each other and how they can be utilised to take the perfect photo. One of the most essential things about taking a good photo is to know how to use the light in your advantage. All good photographers have started by mastering exposure first. There are several different factors that affect how light is being captured, including shutter speed, ISO and aperture. Shutter speed refers to how long the camera’s shutter is open for. This is usually measured in seconds and, the slower the shutter speed is, the more light comes in. ISO refers to how sensitive your camera sensor is to light. Finally, aperture is used to determine how big the lens opening is. Lenses with wider aperture allow for more light to come in.
I will use one of the most recent nature photographs I took to show you the importance of good lighting. For most of the photos I take at Alex Aaronson Photography, I use lenses with high ISO, which allow me to make the most out of the natural light. As you can see in the photo, I have chosen an angle that shows how the light blends in through the trees, creating a very aesthetically pleasing balance between the shades and the rays of sun.
Through my experience at Alex Aaronson Photography, I can say that one of the most important thing beginners should master is good composition. Before you take a picture, try to divide the shot into thirds in your head. By using two vertical and two horizontal lines, you can easily determine where exactly to position the object of interest in the photograph. This is perhaps the most universal, yet one of the most helpful tips that can elevate the work of any photographer.