What I do as a photographer
I have been a photographer for several years and I specifically focus on event and corporate photography. My days are never average because every day is always different and they vary widely. My busiest days are when I have to wake up before 7:00 a.m to edit photos I took the previous night maybe at a Gala or a fundraiser. Thereafter I might head out for an event shoot if I have a new appointment. Some times when I don’t have any appointments, I’m usually lucky enough to have them as free days. However, that does not mean I just lazy around, instead I take that time to edit some of the photos from any previous shoots.
At times, event photography can be stressful but generally, photography is fun and you get to explore more. Some clients can be demanding while others are just easy to work with. The good thing about working alone is that I get to choose who I work with or not.
The working hours are not that long, mostly all shooting period hours are manageable. My work keeps me fully occupied because when am not shooting, I am in my workshop editing photos. When I meet people they always ask if I had any experience before starting event photography. Well, I never had any formal training but all this field of work needs is being very keen.
I am a digital photographer and I hardly have any hard copy photos, most of the pictures are usually in my desktop. A good desk lamp is required here. Being in a modern society, people mostly need pictures for their social media or other online uses. That does not mean I do not make hard copy photos, upon special requests by clients, I can edit the photos and deliver them as hard copies.
How to Edit Images and work with people
There are very basic but crucial steps you have to follow as a photographer for your work to look professional yet amazing. Composition is a key element of how your work will turn out to be. This basically means the elements you decide to put into a photograph. During a shoot, you have to know the following facts:
- The story you want to tell, what exactly do you want whoever is viewing the photo to see
- The centre of interest or the main focal point
- The elements that mostly support the story you want to tell
- How you will work with your camera and maximise those elements
You should try as much as possible to avoid any elements in the scene that do not help with the composition. Different angles also assist in cleaning up the backgrounds of a photo so you should choose the correct angle when shooting.
For you to achieve good quality photos, the people you are shooting have to be comfortable. I ensure that am always prepared for my shoots and I avoid any negative comments. For example, if I take a photo and it doesn’t look so great I never utter the words “oops! That looks bad”, instead I smile and capture a new photo. The most important thing is that I ensure whoever I am working with is comfortable.