How can I become successful making photography my profession?

The number 1 way to be successful in photography is to…………….. love what you’re doing!  That sounds dumb, I know.  For a long time I did photography #1, for the money THEN #2, because I loved it.  I had it backwards.

I do NOT like doing family photo shoots, baby shoots, or maternity shots.  Do I do them? Yes.  I’m I good at them? Yes.  Here is the problem.  I would get shoots like these, go take the pictures, and procrastinate the editing because I did not want to do it.  I had no passion for these types of shoots.  As a result, it burnt me out and I gave up on photography for a couple of years. I stopped charging for my work because I just wanted to enjoy myself with no pressure attached.

One day my wife talked some sense into me.  She told me to just follow my passion and not worry about anything else.  Since then I have only been doing shoots that I enjoy!  I love shooting senior pictures, weddings, basketball games, football games, baseball games etc.

Am I making a TON of money? No, not yet.  But I am more successful now than I was when I was doing it for the money.  My business is growing faster then it ever has.

The number 2 way to be successful is to have patients.  YOU MUST LEARN YOUR CAMERA AND LEARN HOW TO SHOOT!  Don’t be in such a rush to do gigs that you become the “sister or brother or cousin, or friend” with a nice camera.  Learn how to be a photographer!  Everyone these days has a camera on their phone and can take pictures.  You need to learn the skills that set you apart from them.  Take the time to learn the trade.  Right this second can you tell me what these are?

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If not, you are not ready to go compete with the big dogs.  Good photographers can take into account/ use these things to their advantage on the fly in their sleep.  It is second nature.

Go have fun shooting.  figure out what you love to shoot.  Figure out your style.  Find your passion.  While doing this, learn the functions of your camera and learn how to use them.

Don’t be afraid of ISO!

Early in my photography I was “anti-high ISO.”

First. What is ISO?

In a nut shell, it is the level of sensitivity the senor has to light.  By turning up the sensitivity, you allow the camera to shoot at faster shutter speeds in lower light.

There is a down side to turning up the ISO though.  The higher it is, the more “noise” you will have in your picture.

The noise is why I was afraid to use ISO in my early days.  I was worried that if every picture wasn’t so sharp it cut you to look at it, that no one would like my pictures.  As a result, I have ruined a lot of pictures by leaving the ISO down and trying to stabilize slower shutter speeds.

That is not worth it!  The amount of noise in a quality picture can often be taken out in post and you get a wonderful photo.

I just shot a graduation at Glen Oaks Community College.  The graduation was in the gym.  Although the lighting looked great… it was not.  I used an ISO of 2000 so I could get a shutter speed of 1/320 and my aperture was set at f/2.8.  The pictures turned out very well.

My advice would be to test the limits of your DSLR (as far as ISO goes) and see what is acceptable to you.  Don’t be afraid to use it!  Get the picture!!!  🙂

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What is aperture? How do I use it?


There is a ring inside your lens that lets light in very fast, or very slow.  This is called an aperture ring.

With the lens wide open (f/2.8 range) you allow light in very fast!  This allows you to capture fast moving subjects in a lower light situation.  There is an upside and a down side to this.

Upside — With the wide open aperture, you get a small focus area witch gives you a very shallow depth of field.  With this you can take those pictures that seem to pop right out and look like they are 3D. Very cool.  Your depth of field being shallow means that you have a very small focus area.  This means that the only thing in focus will be where you focused.  Everything else will be out of focus as it comes close to the camera and further away from the camera.

Down side — If you are taking a photo of a group of people and you want them all in focus… you need a larger depth of field.  If you try to shoot a group of people with f/ 2.8 thinking they will all be in focus… good luck. Not gonna happen.

Smaller aperture means that the light comes in a bit slower, witch means that the shutter has to stay open a bit longer thus allowing more detail to hit the sensor.  F/ 8 for and example is great for shooting a family because it allows the shutter to stay open long enough to allow all that detail to hit the sensor.  This is having a larger depth of field, more things in focus.

This is a very quick and not very detailed explanation.  There is a lot more to it!

Go ahead and click down below to learn more about your camera and how to take great pictures.

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Good pictures make you money!

This is a picture I took at one of the weddings I did last summer.  Clients will choose you based on your “style” and skill taking pictures. You can not get this shot with the “auto” setting on your camera!  I used 2 flashes hooked to pocket wizards held by my apprentices to get this shot.

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Learn to use your camera!

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Do I need a really nice camera to be a great photographer?

The answer is no! As long as you have a “manual” mode on your camera, you can take awesome pictures!

This guy (Evan) I found on YouTube explains things really well.  He has a video series as well as an e-book that clearly explains the secrets and tips on how to use your camera on a professional level.

For the video series CLICK HERE, for the e-book CLICK HERE.

I promise you won’t be disappointed!  If photography is a passion of yours, then learn how to do it!  You only live once, do what you love and be good at it!

Learn the tricks of the trade and become a great photographer!

Hey guys!  Thanks for visiting my site!  I set up this site to help people like yourself learn the secrets of photography that put you in a league with the professionals!

Learning a new camera (DSLR) is hard enough as it is, then to try to use that camera on the fly to get the pictures that you want can be even harder.

If you’re on this site, you are looking for knowledge about photography.  Have you ever asked these questions:

Why some pictures are blurry, why are some dark, why are some … well, not how you wanted them?

Your looking for an apprenticeship!  Your looking for someone to give you all the tips that you need to be a great photographer!