Important Things I’ve Learned as a Professional Photographer

Photography was one of my favourite pastimes. Today, photography has become my greatest passion. At times when I am off from work, and all by myself, I head out with my DSLR (Nikon D3200).

Nikon D3200
Nikon D3200 | Image Resource :

Then it is all about patience, spotting the right subject to capture, and adjusting a few stuffs. Here, I would like to share those important points and extend help to budding photographers. From having the right setting to adjusting lights, zoom, to shooting JPEGs, there are a few significant things I have learnt with time.

Take charge of your files with backups
Taking backups is one of those good practices that every photographer should follow. I would recommend to take backups before and after editing. Also backup the whole of your catalog on a regular basis. I confess that once in a month I backup my backups too. It is the best way to avoid data loss during mishaps like drive crash.

Avoid working for “exposure”
In the past, a couple of times I was too approached by clients who apparently did not had the budget for photography but assured me of great exposure in this field. I however, declined all of them as it just doesn’t make any sense. Many young and budding photos are fooled this way and they are skills are made use of.

Learn to compute your cost of “doing business”
The cost of doing business is nothing but the money that must be spent - monthly or yearly - whether or not you have photo jobs. The estimation represents even the smallest amount you will need to earn monthly. I never computed it until one of my friends suggested to. Its really helpful and brings out correct numbers.

JPEG stills are okay to shot too
While most pro photographers won’t agree, I suggest that shooting JPEG stills are okay once in a while. Some of them do not shoot raw before getting transitioned to digital. As far as I have known, few shooters like Ansel Adams never took RAW shots for anything other than food photography.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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