10 things I wish I learned when i started photography

Getting my first camera was the moment I fell involve with photography. I've made some mistakes I wish I didn't make. I'll share some the things I've learned in my years of shooting I think can help you accelerate your growth.
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Here are 10 things I wish I knew when starting out photography;


Choosing The Right Gear

I always get photographers and hobbyists always asking what camera I used in taking my shots. Although its never just about the gear in photography ( the truth is that none of that is really as important as acquiring the skills, the Photography eye, getting some good inspiration and having a story or message in your shoots) choosing the right camera for your style of photography will definitely save u some money in the later years.
Starting out its important to note that photography is an expensive hobby and I’ll recommend that every starting out photographer or hobbyist should get a good DSLR camera. Honestly, you can get whatever fits well in your budget at the moment. If you’re looking to make it more of a career or shoot professionally then investing in a full-frame sensor camera body will be very useful. Also knowing the type of photography you’re going into will be helpful when choosing the right gear.
Some things to look out for when selecting the right Full frame camera body will be;
  • Choosing a camera system you understand ( Nikon, Canon, Sony etc)
  • Choosing a camera with good image quality
  • Looking to go into night time or any kind of low light photography? Then looking for a camera body with a high ISO will help
  • For wedding photography and sports photography or any fast-action photography. Getting a camera with more focus points will help


Invest In Good lenses

Having really good gear is important but if you are on a budget it’ll be smart to prioritize on getting a good lens when starting out.if you get a camera body with the basic kit lens then you’ll notice the difference in your photographs. Getting the right lenses when starting out is really important because you can start getting the results you really want to see like having a shallow depth of field, tack sharp images, wide-angle shots and so on.


Learning To Shoot manual

In other words, know your camera and the settings. I shot in auto for a while before learning to shoot in manual. It wasn’t until then I noticed the first significant difference in my work as a beginner. I started enjoying shooting outside and indoors getting myself familiar with the two environments and also noting some default settings I could build on. To be called a professional photographer you have to learn and master how to shoot in manual and how to always set up your camera for the different kinds of shots that will apply to your photography.
If your still shooting in Auto here are a few things to start looking at immediately;
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • White Balance
Download my free pdf to get a quick understanding of these terms



When starting out it is very important to learn this simultaneously while learning your camera and the settings. Photography is focused a lot on lighting and thus you will be faced with a lot of lighting challenges. Learn how to control and shape light to suit your needs. At this point, it won’t hurt to invest in a few lighting equipment and/ or modifiers. I got very motivated to get my first modifier after I experienced shooting outside with a friend on a sunny day. It was very sunny and thus lots of shadows in my shot. I managed to control the camera not to get overexposed, but I still got lots of dark shadows that won’t let me be satisfied with the images from the shoot. Luckily a friend of mine had purchased a lighting modifier from Amazon the round reflector. I used the reflector to bounce the light for the sun to fill in the shadows on her side. This resulted in a brighter and more even lighting around my subject. I was very satisfied with the shots. After my friend borrowed me the modifier for the shoot I went on Amazon and purchased my first lighting set of lighting strobes, modifiers, a beauty dish, and background stand. This really helped me launch my photography. Learning Various lighting techniques for fashion and beauty photography


Practice shooting more often

It’s ok to say practice makes perfect but not many people do this. Shoot whenever you can. You get better when u can see your mistakes and improve on them. My advice, in the beginning, is to focus on something and to photograph it repeatedly day after day: it could be a street view, for the instance; the goal is to absorb certain procedures so that they become almost automatic.
Save your images & Backup your shots: It is important to make it part of a routine to keep your eggs in separate baskets by backing up your shots in different places and make it a routine to follow. I personally back up my photos now with two separate hard drives and also on the cloud.this is very important for me to do especially because when starting out I’ve lost a lot of images of clients due to a broken or missing hard drive.


Location/ background

There’s a lot of planning that needs to be done in putting out great photography. In telling a good photography story background or location doesn’t just improve the look of the shot but also the feel. Shooting your subjects in an appropriate location to got with the mood feel and fashion style of the shoot will dramatically improve your shots. Imagine shooting a hipster fashion shoot in an office or hotel location vs shooting the same subject by graffiti walks or facing the train tracks or by a subway. The location has to go with the look and feel of the overall images.


Always aim for the eyes of your subject

Keep it in focus. It’s always a safe spot to start when shooting.


Posing your subjects to improve the look

Posing your models or other subjects in portrait photography can actually be quite difficult. Difficult, and important. I find that the Model/ clients will often choose the shots they like the most according to the pose and how the pose makes them look rather than how good the photography is.


Learn how to Retouch Earlier when starting photography

This is one people don’t really think about when starting out but it is very important. When starting out in photography it is very important to learn how to retouch. This will make your pictures get a more enhanced look earlier which will directly motivate u to keep creating. Even if you’re not getting your retouching right earlier in your photography eventually you get better at it and later in your photography, it becomes a huge asset that sometimes sets you apart from the competition. When giving out estimates for photography gigs where your client needs professional retouching would you rather outsource your retouching to some retouch professional that can only try to understand the vision you had and try to enhance it? Or do it yourself repeatedly until you nail the exact look you are going for and still get paid for that in your estimate.you


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