If you’re at all like us, then you understand how consuming photography can be when you first pick up a camera. We, the Click it Up a Notch team, decided to each share a bit of photography advice that we wish we had when we started.
When I first started photography I wish I had known that not every photo I took would or needed to be technically correct. I put a lot of pressure on myself to create perfect images each and every time I picked up the camera.
It has taken me a long time to remember that I got into photography to photograph my family and the light isn’t always perfect, the composition isn’t always creative but I’m capturing the moments.
Yes, each time I pick up my camera I strive to create a beautiful image with great light and composition but I no longer feel like I failed if I didn’t capture that shot.
Photography is an interesting journey with ups and downs and we need to be patient with ourselves.
When looking back on my journey with photography, there are a few things I wish I would have known. While I have learned so much and developed my technical skill over the years, I have also developed my emotion when it comes to photography.
More specifically, I wish I would have known that it is okay to feel uninspired at times and that it’s natural to not want to photograph every little thing. As creatives, sometimes we feel that just because we love photography, we should love photographing everything.
In reality, each photographer is inspired by something different. While others may be inspired by a beautiful sunset, I am inspired when I see natural light pouring through my window or when I see honesty.
When I look back, I wish I would have known that it’s okay to not feel guilty when I don’t feel the urge to pick up my camera or bring it along when I go somewhere. We are all inspired by different things, and that’s what makes us unique. And when we save our passion for the times when we are truly inspired to pick up our camera, that is when our best photographs are created.
When I first started my photography journey I wish I’d known that I would eventually ‘get it’. It certainly didn’t come overnight & took a ton of practice & consistent shooting but eventually I would come to a point where I would get it & be proud of images & actually enjoy photography because it felt like a gift I was giving myself.
Other than knowing that photography were more a journey, not a destination. I wish I had known how to find my voice as an artist sooner.
I know now that it isn’t just about an editing style like a clean versus a matte finish, it’s about the way you use light, exposure, and processing together to make your vision a reality for other to see.
Read more: 4 Tips to Finding Your Photography Voice
I really wish I had known that success in photography doesn’t mean you need a portrait business. Success is whatever you want it to be.
Like so many other photographers, I thought “success” was having a portrait business because all the photographers I looked up to owned one. However, a few years (and tears) later I knew that my heart was telling me that type of business was not meant for me.
I took a step back to reevaluate my goals and ultimately decided to pursue different avenues for my photography and have never felt more fulfilled.
Success can be as simple or complex as you want it to be and it doesn’t have to involve owning a business.
What I wish I had known when I first started out was that a photo doesn’t need to be ‘perfect’ to be worth keeping… For me, emotion will ALWAYS win and that’s perfectly ok. :)
Also, I wish I would have BELIEVED when I first started photography was that it really does take 10,000 clicks to find your style and to learn your craft, so be patient and just keep clicking.