Shoot Like a PRO Using an Ordinary Camera

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People love photographers who can make them look good in pictures. But

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contrary to what most people believe, there's hardly a need to blow a whole year's worth of paychecks on digital SLR cameras and equipment to come out with fantastic shots if your end goal is just to wow your subjects. You can reap the rewards even with an ordinary camera, or a so-called "point-and-shoot" camera. If you're armed with proper knowledge and enough charm to get the right models to cooperate, you can take excellent photos with just about any camera.

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Instructions

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    Know your gadget by heart.
    Carefully read the user's manual, memorize the cameras features and play around with various settings before you step out into the field.
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    Get a tripod.
    This is a smart move, especially if you have sweaty, shaky hands. It will also help you do night scape, low-light dramatic portraits, and night lines.
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    Understand lighting.
    Photography is all about lighting. You can start by using main source of light, which is the sun. If you need multiple light sources, then use reflectors or anything that will bounce off light to your subject. If you fancy shooting in dark places, however, avoid using your camera's flash when possible, as this will make your subject look washed out.
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    Pay attention to details.
    The less clutter a backdrop has, the more chances your photo will come out nicely. If doing landscapes, study the place and look for good angle where there are fewer distractions.
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    Observe proper composition.
    For starters, practice the "Rule of Thirds." It means dividing the frame into three smaller, imaginary frames horizontally and vertically with imaginary lines, and placing points of interest (i.e., the subject's eyes) along any of these lines to make the image look more balanced. Set your camera's focusing sensor on the subject first before shooting away.
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How to Become a Professional Photographer

If you are contemplating on becoming a professional photographer, then you

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have made an excellent career choice and get paid for using your creative talents. Photography is actually one of the very few fields where college degrees and age are as not important as having a good eye, better quality product and self discipline. However, professional photography is considered by many as a competitive field. Ideally, it is best that you start small and slowly perfect your craft and build an impressive portfolio of your best work. Below are some helpful tips on how to become a professional photographer and shoot like a pro.

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    Know and Understand your Gear.
    One of the major misconceptions, in terms of professional photography, is that you must be geared with all those fancy camera bodies and high-end lens kits for you to become successful in the field. Although having the best cameras can really help you improve your business, becoming a professional photographer has more to do with understanding and knowing what is in and out of camera basics. Before thinking about making photography as a business, you should understand first your gears and cameras like the back of your hand.
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    Build your Portfolio.
    Before getting hired by potential clients who are not your close family or friends, you need to have an impressive portfolio to showcase your best shots. Use pictures from different shots with multiple subject matter so you can show the range of your photography talents. Your portfolio must be composed of more than ten photos. The key here is to let your clients see all the great work you have done. To hone your photography skills, take photos every day and provide different images to choose for your collection. You may also want to hire beginning models from your local agencies in exchange for free prints. This will give you the chance to shoot them; however, you want without having to pay for them.
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    Identify your Forte.
    If you have a knack for doing portraits, then you may opt to advertise yourself as a portrait photographer. If you love weddings, then let the people know that you are a wedding photographer. If you are able to identify your area of expertise, use it to your own advantage, and earn a lot out of it.
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    Decide on your Rates.
    Every photo shoot requires a considerable amount of time, along with the cost of your gears and prints. These things should help you identify your hourly or per-session rates. Try looking up other photographers and check out how much they charge for your own business. From there, base your personal pricing based from your abilities and skills in comparison to theirs. Avoid pricing every photography session too low or too high. Exorbitant rates will scare away potential clients, while very low prices may make you unattractive or even a desperate photographer.
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    Advertise your Business.
    Advertising your business is probably one of the most critical aspects to make it successful. Build a website, create business cards, talk to locals and discuss with them about your photography business. Clients will tap the services of professional photographers that have been recommended to them, or those that they have heard of before.
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