I’m going to start this by telling you a secret, I am not a professional photographer and I don’t have the world’s best camera, equipment or lenses. I’ve never won any competitions, awards nor have I had my photos featured in a newspaper. My only really claim to fame for my work is one of my photos being used by a ferry company on their Instagram.
So why should you listen to anything I’ve got to say? You probably shouldn’t, you should probably go on YouTube, type in Peter McKinnon and sit back for a good hour watching his VLOG, because that guy is awesome and a true inspiration to any aspiring photographers or cinematographers, myself included.
However you're here, so let’s get stuck into the reason you're still reading this:
So there you are, scrolling through Instagram, checking out your favourite photographers and thinking; “man I wish I could take photos like that, but I don’t have a camera like them/don’t live near amazing scenery/don’t know how to edit photos like that.” We’re all guilty of this, heck I’ll hold my hands up straight away and say I’ve done this on several occasions, wishing I had the money, the time, the location to go out and shoot photos like that.
But really, if we were all given; top of the line DSLR’s, every lens known to man, a new Mac and an endless travelling budget, we’d take some okay shots, maybe even some good shots, but it all honestly they probably wouldn’t be nearly as good as the top dogs. Because they have one thing that money can’t buy: EXPERIENCE
These photographers have all started out from begingings, nothing was handed to them, they had to work there arses off and further to become the best in their field.
So here’s what I am doing to enhance my skills and what I’d recommend you do too.
1. Learn your camera
Whether you’re using a point and shoot, a DSLR or even just your mobile phone. Every camera is different and has features you might not know about. You need to know your camera inside out and back to front, know how to change the settings without even looking, how to change your lens, change your battery, swap your memory card. All this will help you from missing out on that golden shot.
Tip – Read your camera manual cover to cover, there’s plenty you won’t know your camera does.