10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Photographer

There are a lot of speed bumps on the road through this world we call photography, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could get map to tell you where and when all those problems will arise?

That’s why today we’re looking at 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Photographer

1. Gear Means Nothing

This camera, that camera, which camera?!!? Every camera will seem better than yours and you’ll spend your time ogling photo store windows like a thirsty St. Bernard. Don’t waste your time coveting something that you probably don’t need.

If you think your camera isn’t good enough, chances are it could be you that’s actually the problem. If you know how to use a camera, then any camera is good enough.

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2. You’ll Envy Everyone

This is probably truer of life than just photography.

Either way, expect to lust after everyone else’s photography and kit bag regardless of how good you are. It’s like climbing a mountain with no summit.

Instead aim to become that everyone else copies and send your own trends. You’ll feel more fulfilled, honest and happy in your work we guarantee.

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3. You’ll Want to Give Up

Continuing our list 10 things I wish I knew before I became a photographer are the highs & lows of photography — and they can get really low. You’ll sit looking at your camera blaming it for everything that goes wrong and refusing to take it anywhere.

There’ll be periods of frustration and creative blocks for sure, but how you handle them will dictate the length of these woes. All we can say is that you’ll get out of the funk by taking more pictures. Photography is the only addiction where the problem is also the cure.

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4. Everything Will Be ‘Too Expensive’

You’ll want everything and can never afford most of it. That’s the trick with camera companies, they always have that aspirational product that looks amazing but is just outside of your purses allowance. In the end, you may just settle for a cheaper version or a knock-off brand, but it’ll never give the same buzz.

You need to condition yourself to a hobby of finding creative ways to take creative photos. Use props and materials around your home instead of buying expensive backdrops. Draft in friends and family instead of hiring models. In some ways, this makes photography way more fun and satisfying.

5. Nothing Will be Good Enough

We can bet that you’ll have at least 10 great photos in your portfolio already but you’ll disagree. Confidence, anxiety, self-esteem, call it what you want, but it’ll be a demon in your quest for great photographs.

Don’t compare yourself to others – we all do that and therefore no one stands out.

Praise yourself, get feedback and let others praise you too.

Congratulate yourself and be positive about the good photos you’ve taken, this progressive mindset will only help you look more adventurously for new ideas and techniques to try out.

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6. You’ll Never Make Millions

Don’t get into the photography game with the plan of being super-rich and mega-famous.

Even all the great photographers never became super-rich.

Instead, they were iconic because of what they created. Art is a pursuit of inner dispute and refuge, it’s done to satisfy the soul and mind, not the bank manager.

Yes, it’s totally possible to make a living out of photography – one that affords you flexibility and stability but don’t expect it to bring home the Ferraris (though we wish it would).

7. The Impact on Others

Now for the positives, and this is a big one. The way your photography can change lives and impact others is something no one can ever prepare you for as you start out on this photographic journey.

Taking an amazing portrait that hangs on a family’s wall for 20 years to remind them of happy times is a priceless feeling and one that extends further than your focal length. 

Mother’s regularly say ‘if there was ever a fire in the house the two things, they’d save is the children and the photos’ – the irreplaceable.

Photography can be a humbling art and you need to be respectful for the areas you’re allowed in to. You get to see life up close and permitted to capture personal moments like a CCTV camera. Like a Greek God your work, name and impact will be remembered for years by someone, somewhere.

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8. The Grateful Memories

Think of a photo you’ve taken this week, it’s nice to look like but easily discarded too. It’s not until 5-10 years down the line that the importance of this week’s photo grows. The older it is, the more important it is, as the further you are from that moment.

You’ll never be so glad and grateful for taking up this wonderful hobby as when you find a photo you completely forgot about. That rush of nostalgia fills your head with instant memories connected to the picture in a way that nothing else compares. 

Think of another hobby that can fill your heart with emotion quicker than you can blink – we’ll wait…

9. It Breeds Creativity

If you believe photography is an addiction (a good one), then you’ll agree it can spiral into other things.

It’s rare to find a creative who only does photography and not another type of art. It may be painting, writing, dancing, sculpting or even editing either way, once you have the photography bug, you’ll let it lead you to other things and turn that creative eye to other creative outlets. 

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10. Everyone Will Want You!

This is more a warning that a glorifying statement, so be warned! The better you become the more in demand you’ll become, whilst this sounds great if you want to be a professional photographer it can also be an annoyance.

Family will regularly pawn you out as the ‘family photographer’ and nominate you for every camera-worthy occasion. You’ll never be allowed to attend weddings, as a guest, without your camera. There’ll be the regular ‘would you mind just taking a few quick shots?’ at every birthday or christening you attend.

If you don’t mind this then brilliant, otherwise, we have one simple piece of advice for you…

…if you want to enjoy yourself, leave your camera at home!

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