Tips that helped me as a photographer

These tips have helped and are helping me in my professional career. They may not be relevant for a large number of amateur photographers, but for me they are very important.

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Learn to shoot 'RAW' and learn to shoot 'JPEG'!

Only a year later, I realized the importance and complexity of this advice. As it turns out, there are many differences between the RAW and JPEG shooting styles. First of all, the differences are related to the fact that shooting in RAW should have further post-processing (post-processing), while it is less demanding on the selection of shooting parameters. Shooting in JPEG is more demanding to adjust all shooting parameters (and there are millions of them!). Learning how to choose the right 'JPEG setting' is very difficult. I always shoot orders in RAW, and I really like to shoot and process the rubber RAWs of modern cameras. At the same time, I really love shooting in the 'JPEG' format, adjusting all kinds of 'on-camera' image enhancements while shooting. But I don't like shooting in RAW + JPEG format, but I also know the peculiarities of this method. It is convenient to shoot in the RAW + JPEG format only when the RAW will be converted by native programs that understand all its settings. In this case, both JPEG and RAW will look good. I have described the basic technique for working with RAW here.

  • The main tasks when shooting in 'RAW': find a converter to your liking and learn how to work with it.
  • The main tasks when shooting in 'JPEG': to learn how to use all available image settings to the maximum to obtain the best image quality, get used to the behavior of the image on a particular camera.

Learn Adobe Lightroom!

This is a part of the previous point that deserves special attention. Such advice was personally given to me by Kostya Kakusha (the author of the blog 'About Photo'), but instead you can write' Master any RAW converter well '. You can do wonders with your photos in a RAW converter. The huge amount of information in RAW files can 'manifest' incredible improvements to the original photo.

Learn Adobe Photoshop!

Modern photography is tied to the processing of photographs. No one needs a raw result. No photoshop anywhere. Such a trend and point.

End the 'Nikon or Canon?' Question!

The correct answer for commercial photography to the question 'Nikon or Canon' is always 'money'. If you have a lot of money, it doesn't matter if it's Nikon or Canon. The absolutely unlimited possibilities of TOP cameras and lenses solve any photo problem. If the Nikon D5 / Canon cannot solve the problem 1DX Mark II, the device inside the cranium of the photographer comes to the rescue. The brand that is beneficial to the photographer or agency is used. But if there is not enough money, then you will surely fall for some of the hooks of marketers (for example, the color from fuji!).

The main idea of ​​this advice is not to think 'Nikon' or 'Canon', but think 'how to make money'. Since someone called himself a professional photographer, then photography is his profession, the profession is needed to do the job and receive material rewards.

Print photo books! Print photos!

Once a client asked me if I print photobooks? Since then, I have printed about 500 different photobooks (and the circulation of one book could be several copies). I've tried a lot of photo labs and had both good and negative photo printing experiences. In photographic printing, pictures look different than on a computer monitor. A photo book for a huge number of shootings is an indispensable attribute of a quality service.

Work on the little things, work with people!

Photographer provides photo services. These services must be of high quality! Quality must be everything! Every little thing should be done perfectly. It is very important to provide quality customer support throughout the filming process.

Do not tell about your photo equipment! Your photos should speak for you!

In more detail, the client should be distanced from those techniques and the photographic equipment that is used for shooting. As in the case of the magician, the photographer must have his own tricks, his cameras with 'mirrors' from which the bird / rabbit flies out.

A professional knows his limits!

This is an important tip. The main difference between a professional and a layman is that the first clearly knows his boundaries and capabilities, does not overstep their line. In the photo it is expressed simply: if you do not know how to shoot something, do not take money for it. Some things need to be filmed for free at first.

Create a place where your portfolio will be collected!

There should be a place where you can get acquainted with the work of the photographer. This place needs to be closely monitored, constantly improved, cleaned and renewed. If someone thinks that he has good photos in his portfolio, invite a TOP photographer from your city to your home or office, pay him hours of consultation, discuss the portfolio and you will understand how much more work remains to be done to improve your skills and improve the quality of your images.

Banalism: read, study, watch, learn new things, go to paid MKs, improve!

Self-improvement, self-development and self-expression in photography are limitless. Technique comes and goes, experience remains. Develop your skills. For example, today I found out that with one shutter release you can immediately get more than 8 pictures on a USB flash drive (now suffer from trying to guess how I did it!), And also read the website Phil borges. And so something new is constantly being learned.

Thank you for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 142, on the topic: Tips that helped me in my work as a photographer

  • serge

    If you don't want to spend money on a good monitor, you can adjust the existing one. In a good lab (really good, with a photo print), print a photo in A4 format and adjust the colors on the monitor to the maximum similarity. But this is so, "crutch".

  • Dmitriy

    How powerful is a computer (laptop) required for 16 megapixel ravs in Photoshop and lightroom?

    • Roman

      Core i5 / 8G is the minimum required, i7 / 16G is a comfortable work.

      SSD with a large number of photos is required, otherwise the work in the lightroom will turn into a torture chamber. You can even external.

      • Onotole

        I agree, but it's even better if all this is still supported by a good graphics card. Then everything will just “fly” and even double the resolution.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I didn’t feel any performance increase in the Republic of Latvia and Photoshop when switching from integrated graphics to 1060 6GB. Only recently did Photoshop start supporting GPU acceleration and that, only for some operations. Therefore, I believe that a video card can be donated to other components.

    • BB

      The Core i5 9600K is quite comfortable to work with. 8 and 9 from the generation from Intel are noticeably faster than the previous ones. On the Internet, modern Rizen are very much praised in terms of price / performance.
      SSD is very noticeable for Lightroom (if the preview and the base on it).
      There was a very old video card, recently replaced with a more modern one (GTX 1660 now) - I did not notice much difference, so, as Arkady wrote, you can save on video.
      There isn’t much RAM, at least 8 gig, but it’s not enough, it’s better 2 × 8, even better 2 × 16 (two-channel mode steers), more is not needed.
      The laptop strongly DO NOT recommend (lower performance due to cooling problems).

    • Michael

      At my work, some ancient i5 quite normally pulls 12 MPix. 4 gb is not enough, for normal operation - at least 8. The video card, according to my observations, is on the side. But this is photoshop. Lightroom is more demanding and slows down harder

    • zengarden

      I have an old i3-2120, but 16 GB of RAM; everything flies. In general, for graphics, the more memory the better. 8 GB is the required minimum; better 16-32. Well, a discrete video card of the latest generations is also welcome (I have 1050Ti, enough for everything with a margin). Although, if batch processing of a large number of RAWs is meant, then the processor is also desirable more powerful, 4-core at least.
      But the laptop ... it will warm up.
      Or, heh, macbook - they are imprisoned for working with the media, unlike pisyukov.

  • Dmitriy

    I disagree with two things: the first is about the raw result (not processed in the editor), I believe that a real professional should immediately choose the right exposure from a million combinations, and not just shoot anyhow, I'll process it later. I personally do not like correctly exposed photographs processed, such processing is often a personal vision of the author, which may not coincide with the opinion of the customer (certain presets). I always keep in my head that “this later” may not work out or the material will be required by the customer immediately. Look at the histogram and everything will immediately turn out as you saw with your eyes. The second is about your boundaries, such as do not go where the "big guys" work. But isn't this the development and honing of skills by means of new projects where you need to “climb head over heels? Inflated self-esteem among those who have 24-70 and 70-200 and consider others to be laymen.

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