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MY TOP 5 PHOTOGRAPHY TiPS

By Gurrod Cole




Ah, you brave soul you've decided to enter into the realms of photo manipulation, film rolls, and most importantly... Debt!

But in all seriousness, if you are interested in doing photography please indulge yourself. It was the first medium to get me into the arts, and even though it may seem daunting at first after a few photography sessions it becomes like riding a bike.






  1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR F*CKING EQUiPMENT!!! When I was 17 and I was first starting out doing camera work, I had no idea how to use all the equipment I blew one of my first paychecks on. I had around 7 SD cards of absolute gold, I'm talking about some of the first few projects I'd done in high school and college. Because of my irresponsibility they all ended up breaking, cracked cases and broken SD lock sliders. Not only did I miss out on a more diverse portfolio I could've used for work, I haft to spend a shit load of money just to recover files...


2. TAKE THE BAD PiCTURES


Listen if you're good at a skill automatically, by all means, go be that nigga, outside of that take your time to mess around with all the photography settings the camera comes with.


As you can see to the right, the photos of my friends Chris and Thomas have this almost weird blur effect happening with the lights from the car. This is caused by the bulb setting most DSLR cameras are built with and allows the photographer to have their shutter window open for a longer period of time allowing for more light to come into the photograph. This is a technique I only got to learn after taking a magnitude of shiity pictures. Embrace where you're lacking in your skills and you'll be able to innovate





3. KNOW WHAT CAMERA YOUR BUYiNG BEFORE iNVESTMENTS


We've all fallen victim to buying something just because it looked cool or we saw an enticing advertisement. I ask you to sit down, and look at yourself do you really need that $2,000 camera if you're a beginner? Look, if you got it like that go ahead, but I hear from many people who jump into photography and quit a short time afterwards that they regret investing all of their money into it.


4. GO GET SOME FRiENDS TO MODEL


Now this may be an obvious thing to do, but this may be different depending on what type of photography style you want to focus on a huge part of creativity is using what you have to create a product in restrictive circumstances. If you want to be a portrait photographer, go find some friends who may need photos for their feed or graduation pictures and offer your services to them. This will allow you to expand your portfolio and gain new experiences. Even though starting out you may have to do some free sessions you'll eventually be able to gauge your skills to start having prices for customers


5. HAVE FUN YOU ONLY LiVE ONCE!


At the end of the day there is only one goal with any art form, have fun and express yourself. There are days when I'm struggling and I pick up my camera and go shoot some photos or an event. I've made long-lasting friendships and experiences that I would never be able to replace. These experiences that I hope you all get to have. If you're gonna live, go live the best experience you can because from what we can immediately tell we only get one.





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