Shoot Like a PRO Using an Ordinary Camera

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People love photographers who can make them look their best in pictures.Contrary to what most people believe, there's hardly a need to spend a lot of money on a digital SLR camera and accompanying equipment, to take fantastic shots and wow your subjects. You can reap the rewards of good photography, even with an ordinary camera, or a so-called "point-and-shoot" camera, if you're armed with proper knowledge and enough charm to relax your models, and get their cooperation. If you know what you're doing, you can take excellent photos with just about any camera.

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The Basics of Taking a Great Photo

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    Know your gadget by heart
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    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
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    This is a smart move, especially if you have sweaty, shaky hands. It will also help you do nightscape, low-light dramatic portraits, and nightlines. A "Bottle Cap Tripod" is made for a point and shoot camera.
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    Understand lighting
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    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. Remember – when shooting in the sun, have it behind you.
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    Pay attention to details
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    The less clutter the background 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. Indoors, keep your eyes open for light switches, too much confusion in the background, etc.
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    Observe proper composition
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    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

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If you are contemplating becoming a professional photographer, then you have made an excellent career choice and you'll be 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. Professional photography is 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
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    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 the ins and outs 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
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    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.  
    1. To hone your photography skills, take photos every day and provide different images to choose for your collection.
    2. You may also want to hire beginning models and young actors from your local agencies and theatres in exchange for free prints. This will give you the chance to shoot them; without having to pay them in cash, but they will be paid well in services.
    3. Consider volunteering to take photos at a community event (concert, theatre, dance, cultural event, parade, etc.). Let them use your photos (once you've removed the ones you don't like), but insist they attribute any they use to you.
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    Identify your Forte
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    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, learn everything you can about it, and make some money from something you are passionate about.
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    Decide on your Rates
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    Every photo shoot requires a considerable amount of time, along with the cost of your gear and developing the 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 similar services. From there, base your personal pricing based from your abilities and skills in comparison to theirs. Don't forget they may have 25 years of photographic experience. Avoid pricing every photography session too low or too high. Exorbitant rates will scare away potential clients, while very low prices will make people assume you aren't good, or even desperate, which is not good for getting a client base.
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    Advertise your Business
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    Advertising your business is probably one of the most critical aspects to make it successful. Build a website, create a Facebook page, create business cards, talk to locals and discuss your photography business with them. 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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    It's About the Art
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    If you are mostly interested in photography as an artistic expression, you still need to make money. Set aside time for your art, but you should also have something to earn your "bread & butter". This might be animal portraits, or weddings, etc.
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