Pictures have become a big deal, and much more than it was a few years back, where the professional side of it was inaccessible by many.
This was because of how costly cameras were. When smartphones began to have cameras, users limited its usages to personal purposes because of the poor quality of pictures. With the very obvious improvement in smartphone cameras, a lot of potential has been unlocked for wanna-be photographers, and with the availability of software that allow editing, the photography business is now more accessible than ever.
Below are six things you need to get started with your photography business:
1. A Laptop:
You may think it interesting that this is coming before the equipment that would be used to take the pictures (laptops won’t cut it, if you were thinking they could), but with whatever camera you may have decided to use, you need your laptop, or your computer. This is where the majority of the photos taken would be edited and worked on using software, especially those that may require more workings than the blurring of a stray pimple on a face.
There are an overwhelming number of cameras available, and choosing the one that would serve best for your business may not be the easiest of things. Thankfully, with photography, the most expensive camera may not be what would be best serving for you. Phone cameras should be considered, as the quality of the cameras in some phones is now known to rival those in DSLR cameras.
Whether you would be taking pictures in the studio or not, lighting plays an important part as to how a picture turns out. There are different types of lightings for different types of images. There is the flat light, broad light, split light, back light, loop lights, amongst several others.
The outcome of an image is owed very much to the lens used. Where a poor lens is used, it may make an image that may otherwise have been sharp with enough details, be dull and blurry. Just like lighting, the lens that would be used for a shoot would depend on some factors, like whether it’s a portrait, or indoor, or outdoor shoot. Fish eye, zoom, wide angle shot lens, are just a few of the types of lens there are.
5. Studio Space:
While having a studio space is important, it does not need to be elaborate, especially if you are only just starting out. Wherever you decide to use, the access to natural lighting is an important factor.
A tripod is needed for cameras as well as the lighting. Where the goal is a steady shot, a tripod will let you achieve that, without worrying about the stability of your hands.
Camera bags and backdrops are also necessary. You will also need to set up a portfolio, online and not, as well as payment platforms for when business starts. The last thing you want is to lose businesses simply because a client is unsure of your authenticity.