Sharing every new photo
Telling yourself it will be easy
Killing your passion
Buying new gear each year
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Getting something wrong in professional photography isn’t just related to not satisfying a client or not getting the right shot. Those are of course very serious errors, but they are also the most obvious. There also are that are being made by a lot of photographers, often without them knowing. The sad thing is that sometimes, even the outside viewer will miss these mistakes.
Here are some of them and hopefully you will understand why it is important to avoid them if you ever get serious about going pro.
It’s a good idea to be honest with yourself and admit that not every photo you take is your best and that occasionally you will strike out. It is absolutely normal and you should expect it .The problem comes when you want to share every new photo without judging if it is good or bad. One of the most important abilities in a photographer’s career is valuing is own work. You need to know what’s worth sharing with the world and what isn’t.
This is a mistake often made by long time pros that turned pro in a time when things were very different. Networking is pretty important for any upcoming photographer because it can help you establish new contacts and open opportunities where you least expect to find any.
You’re probably not going to tell yourself that things will be easy in a naïve way. You are probably going to believe that if you have everything calculated and estimated, there is very little that could go wrong. Well…you are wrong. Being a pro photographer involves doing a lot of stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with photography. It’s very likely that you aren’t good at all that stuff. Expecting the occasional failure won’t make you a pessimist, but it will help you make it easier on yourself and learn the right lessons.
Besides the obvious importance of financial gain in this business, there is one thing that really matters. It is so important, that losing it will make you regret getting into the business in the first place. That thing is passion. A photography business will take a heavy toll on it and there will be days when you will feel drained of energy. Pros often find themselves losing all passion for photography and I think this is one of the saddest things that can happen to an artist, apart from bankruptcy. So how do you prevent that from happening? By taking the time to let your natural creative juices flow and working on personal projects that make you genuinely happy. If you ignore personal work, chances are you are going to end up being sick of photography and nostalgically remembering your passionate days.
So you need new gear to get started. That’s totally normal. Then you need to buy more lenses to optimize your shooting time. Fine as well. But why would you change your camera body every two or three years just because a new one just came out? Making the right investments is crucial, but knowing when to make them is also very important. Don’t be a gear junkie who throws all the money away shiny new cameras that don’t get the job done any better.