The art of photography is to immortalize silent portraits, and to give birth to portraits that talk. – Remy Donnadieu
Have you long dreamt of pursuing a brilliant career in professional photography?
The proliferation of smartphones and the affordability of SLR cameras permit more people than ever to find their place behind the lens, actively shooting whatever they deem picture-worthy.
Even if it is a selfie!
Still, it is important to note that even a smartphone camera has settings and, if you want to produce quality images, you should know a bit about setting up your camera.
If you have invested in a digital SLR camera, most likely you will want to master basic techniques and know what all the dials and buttons do.
All of that is well and good, but if the art of photography entices you, you should also to discover the culture of photography – yes, it even has its own language!, in order to take photographs worthy of display.
The type of pictures Mr. Donnadieu alluded to in the famous quote, above.
Superprof will now explain everything you need to know about the fabulous world of photography.
This adage may serve you well in the course of your photography pursuits Source: Pixabay credit: Kaboompics
Are you looking for inspiration before a photo shoot? Learning a few photography quotes can inspire you when, all in all, your shoot is not going particularly well.
You might find they have a calming effect; like a mantra.
Besides that, taking an interest in individual masters of the art and their shooting style is to explore the history and cultural richness of this form of art.
Delving into the quotes of famous authors and photographers is a great opportunity to discover the effects of photography on society and different cultures.
The vast majority of the great photographers have, at one time or another, uttered catchphrases that resonate with beginner photographers and the general public alike.
Reading quotes or even whole books written by such a photographer is a great way to study the work of other authors and develop your own personal ethos!
Some quotes related to photography, such as the famous One picture is worth a thousand words of Confucius, are even known by those who have never cradled a camera.
Confucius himself never even saw a camera – at least, not cameras as we know them.
Let us now take a quick look at some of the best quotes about photography and imagery, to give your self-confidence a boost into advanced photography; or you may even be so inspired as to make the leap into professional photography!
These quotes you must absolutely remember:
Besides being aesthetically pleasing and easy to memorise, these nuggets of wisdom give valuable photography tips for any beginner or intermediate in photographic art.
If you are an amateur photographer, you may discover through such phrases some essential photography tricks to start you off, either in film photography or digital photography.
During your excursions or in post processing: think about some of these famous phrases as you tease out the beauty of your shots.
You could emulate these masters as you build your portfolio: attach a quote of your own to any image you find particularly evocative.
You never know what is beneath the fog until the sun chases it away could underscore your shot of a foggy morning, for example.
Why not become the standout in your photography class by studying the big names in the history of photography? We will start you off with a few!
Have you recently discovered the fun that is light painting? Have you always been enamoured of black and white photography; dreamed of being a landscape photographer?
Have you progressed beyond your camera’s auto mode, dabbled in image editing or done any studio photography?
If you have decided to pursue formal education in photography, you might already know from your photography course syllabus that you will spend a semester learning about the history of photography.
It can indeed be interesting to study early techniques employed in capturing and processing images through the work of photography pioneers.
This photograph, the oldest known in the world, was captured in 1825 Source: Wikepedia Credit: Nicéphore Niépce
Here are just some inventors who established the world of photography and, in the process, changed the world as we know it:
By dint of hard work and relentless pursuit of what they intuited was possible, these photography forefathers created an art form accessible to all.
Because of their efforts, and entire industry was born!
Not just portrait photography and street photography – these were arguably the first legitimate professions; but photojournalism, wildlife photography and night photography.
How could we forget the three most lucrative branches of the photography industry?
Wedding photography, macro photography and commercial photography, in general are some of the most profitable areas of the photography industry.
If a stint at university is out of your reach just now, you could lay the groundwork for further studies in photography by attending workshops offered by studio photographers.
Superprof photography tutors charge on average £20 per hour of instruction, and more than 90% of our tutors offer their first hour of lessons free.
Isn’t that incentive enough to have a go at learning about white balance, shutter speed and aperture?
One of the world’s highest rated photography schools is in London! Source: Pixabay Credit; fotofan1
Trust these schools of photography to teach you all about photography skills and technique!
Thanks to the ever-ubiquitous smartphones and DSLR cameras, photography in general has become democratised.
No longer must we entrust the likeness of our beloveds to alchemists who develop images in a darkroom!
Photoshop and other image editing software goes one step further: we can retouch and create effects in our digital images that, heretofore were impossible to achieve.
It is true that you can learn these techniques in online photography courses, but enroling in reputable photography school provides the assurance of diploma which, in turn, leads to steady work as a professional photographer.
You should note that, unlike other countries such as France or the U.S., the UK does not require any certification or degree to bill yourself as a photographer of any type, but earning your degree lends credence and gravitas to your skills.
The following is a decidedly non-exhaustive list of the top photography universities around the world:
Our own London is not out of the ranking!
SPEOS London, sister campus to the school in Paris, welcomes more than 40,000 international students per year.
If nothing else, that proves that London is indeed an international city!
Registering with the best photo schools in the world is surely the most effective way to move from a beginner photographer to an advanced level after just a few years.
Framing and composition, depth of field, visual communication… so many courses to choose from through such a photography institute!
The advantage of this type of teaching is specialisation: a crucial decision you must make relatively early in your formal studies in order to gain the type of skills needed for your particular brand of photography.
Among others, here are some of the specialties you could gain special focus on in the course of your studies:
Because of the different skillsets required for these photographic arts – a street photographer works more with natural light than a portrait photographer does, for example, proving that each type of photography requires its own skillset.
That is why it is important to decide on a specialty and cultivate your skill behind the lens in that direction while still in school.
You should know that the vast majority of professional photographers are content with vocational training, such as a Level 3 certificate that permits quick integration into professional life.
Still: keep in mind that it is possible to cultivate deeper skills as a photographer by enroling at university.
Final words of wisdom: even out of school, keep current on trends and technology by reading between photo shoots!
Photography magazines can keep you up to date on all of the latest news about the art! Source: Pixabay Credit: Kaboompics
Knowledge comes in all forms, from just about anywhere.
To wit: the best publications targeted to the amateur or professional photographer all have how to sections.
Learning how to master photo editing, use natural light and choose your photo material are just some of the topics discussed between those pages.
Bonus peanut: many of the photographs reproduced in those works give shot details: what lens and filter the photographer used, what s/he set the camera on – even what type of camera s/he employed to capture the shot!
If you are future fashion photographer, a weekend freelancer of landscape photography or a commercial photographer specialising in macro photography: for every type, there is a magazine.
In today’s digital era, subscription is as easy as opening your web browser!
Simply log on to the publication’s official website to subscribe – either to digital editions or hard copies, or both.
Check out some of these most popular photography magazines:
These written guides would be your companion throughout your development as a photographer and, as any faithful companion would, they offer bonus rates on subscriptions!
It would be best to check their websites for such deals. Oftentimes you won’t find any reduction in price at your local newsstand.
Sometimes you won’t even find the magazine you seek at any newsstands! More and more, such publications are going digital; the best subscription prices are most often found online.
Online, you can order archived copies of any issues you may have missed or that find yourself interested in.
We urge you to not rely solely on magazines to flesh out your knowledge base or photography kit!
Haunting your local bookshop in your quest to acquire more photography manuals is a great way to start your journey into the joy of photography, and discover new shooting techniques.
Take note of these popular authors: Scott Kelby and Chris Gatcum.
If you see any of their numerous books for sale, pounce on them! You will find a trove of photographic knowledge between those covers; surely enough to get you more advanced behind the lens.
Which suits you better: film or digital photography? Source: Pixabay
In these times of everything digital, you might think of your old 35mm Nikon as a relic; something that looks pretty cool but whose time has passed.
In fact, there is a debate raging in professional and artistic circles over the merits of film versus digital photography.
The consensus among artists seems to be that film lends your shots much more depth; a purity and clarity that digital simply cannot achieve, no matter how many megapixels it boasts.
As for black and white photography: there is simply no contest. Film trumps digital every single time.
Strangely enough, not in clarity – although technological advances has made fast black and white film possible.
As you well know, the lower the ISO number, the slower the film = the sharper the image.
If you are looking for clear black and white snapshots, digital is the way to go.
As long as you don’t mind your shots looking like they are awaiting colour, that is. Appearing soulless, some might say.
Film and digital photographers alike aver that digital photography, in black and white or colour, does not allow for much nuance: all of the pixels are busy compensating for what they cannot see but expect to be there.
Even RAW files have been adjusted by the camera prior to download into your image editing software!
On the other hand, film captures exactly what the aperture flashes onto it, with no forgiveness or allowance.
Where photo manipulation is concerned – retouching for film and software editing for digital, here, the pixels win, hands-down.
Lightroom, Indesign and other software applications permit the creation of fantastic images from a basic snap taken with even an average digital camera!
Which is better: digital or film photography?
Each has their strengths and weaknesses. Many professional photographers have both types of camera because where one would be suitable, the other would render less than perfect images.
It would be up to you, the aspiring photographer, to find which type of photography you are better suited to; which appeals to you more.
And what puts more money in your pocket because, after all: we all have to earn our living, don’t we?
But, if you do get so lucky as to reach that rarefied atmosphere where you can afford to pick and choose your assignments…
That is when you get to choose your kit based on passion and desire alone.
We sincerely hope you get there sooner rather than later!