Digital Camera World日前刊出一篇文章，講述專業攝影師回首他們一路走來的一些心得與經驗，
1. Planning before the shoot
We can’t emphasise enough how important the planning stage is prior to a shoot of any kind. It can be
anything from a portrait to a landscape – scheduling and timing is paramount; turn up late for a shoot with a
client, and they might never give you work again; turn up late to shoot a landscape,
and you’ll find that the perfect sunset waits for no one.
You might also want to consider putting a checklist together just to ensure that you have all the kit you need – there’s nothing more frustrating than getting to your location and finding that you really need an additional
piece of kit.
2. You don’t need expensive high-end kit to take good pictures
Some are convinced that how good your photographs are is really down to the camera you use and believe the principle of ‘a photographer is only as good as her camera’. Well, having high-end kit can certainly help
make your shots look great, but without the creative eye of the photographer, it will never be a great picture.
然而我們要時時提醒自己不要太依賴Photoshop - 學習如何在拍攝時就達成某些效果會讓你在攝影上有長足的進步。
3. Don’t rely on editing your pictures
As photo editing software gets more advanced, it becomes increasingly tempting to get lazier with your
photography and edit any mistakes or make further enhancements on your computer. We’re certainly not
against photo editing here at Photoventure – in fact we advocate it!
However we like to remind ourselves not to simply rely on Photoshop all the time – learning how to achieve certain effects in-camera can go a long way to improving our skill as a photographer.
4. Don’t get preoccupied with technicalities – capturing the moment is more important
In our mission to become better photographers, it can be easy to fall into the trap of over-thinking certain shots with the technical details of your camera settings. Of course, it’s important to learn about what your camera is capable of, and to understand what settings to choose for certain shots, but spend too much time thinking
about this and you risk missing the moment you’re trying to capture altogether.
5. Carry a spare battery
It’s a simple tip, but easy to forget. Make carrying around a spare battery something that is part of your routine – and make sure it’s always fully charged! There’s nothing worse than being outdoors somewhere remote, surrounded by amazing scenery, but without the means to capture it.
6. Don’t overdo ND and polarising filters
Used in the right way, ND and polarising filters can make your shots look stunning and very professional. Overdo it though, and the effect is quite the opposite.
7. Pay attention to colour pallets
Sometimes people can overlook colour pallets when composing a shot, when in fact it is a crucial part of any photograph. Think about how certain colours in a scene work together, and how to position them for the best impact.
8. Available and natural light can be just as effective as lightboxes and off-camera flash
Lightboxes and off-camera flash units can make a huge difference to your photographs, but don’t forget how to work with natural light, which can be just as effective if you have the right conditions. Many food photographers, for example, prefer to use natural light to take their shots.
9. Pay attention to where the sun is
When shooting outdoors, it’s essential to pay attention to the position of the sun in the sky when it comes to lighting your subjects (providing you’re not photographing at night!). Typically, the best time to shoot is when the sun is near the horizon, as this often results in more atmospheric images with softer shadows and highlights.
10. Don’t be afraid to experiment
There are certain rules in photography (such as the rule of thirds) that can help us to capture better shots. But that doesn’t mean we can’t sometimes throw those rules out of the window and experiment with different angles and compositions.
11. Understand your subject matter
The best way to capture fantastic photographs is to understand your subject, whether that’s landscape, animals, people, or sport. If you understand what you are photographing, you already have a distinct advantage in being able to know when to shoot, where to stand for a good shot, and how to work with the environment around you in order to capture the picture.
12. Photograph your passions
Some of the best advice we can offer is to photograph what you are passionate about, be that a sport, wildlife, or food. Do this, and your passion will be expressed through the photographs you take, most likely giving you the best results.
攝影是一門不能急的藝術，找出你的定位和優勢是需要時間的 - 不要急。
13. Take your time
Photography is an art that shouldn’t be rushed. It takes time to find your feet and discover your niche
– don’t rush it.
14. Don’t expect great results every time
If you expect to take fantastic photographs every time you click the shutter release, you’ll become disheartened very quickly. No photographer, no matter how long they’ve been taking pictures, takes a great shot every time. Most photographers will take hundreds of photographs in one photo shoot, and only a small percentage of those will be good enough to use.
15. Market yourself
Professional photographers also need to learn to be good marketing people. You need to be able to sell yourself and the work you do in order to make it in the world of professional photography. This means you will need to understand how to promote yourself online using websites and various social media platforms, as well as pitching yourself for certain work. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and reach out to people.
了解你身處的競爭總是好的 - 這能讓你發展出利基，或者提供一項讓你有優勢的服務給你的客戶。
16. Analyse the competition
It’s always a good idea to have a good knowledge of your competition – this can help you to develop a niche, and maybe even offer clients a service that will give you an advantage.
17. Be a self-critic
It pays to be critical of your own work. By doing so you can learn from your mistakes and grow from them. Furthermore this will help you to cut down your portfolio to showcase only your very best work.
隨著科技的進步讓這件事更顯重要 - 我們也得跟著進步才能跟上時代。
18. You never stop learning
You might get to a point in your photography where you think you know it all. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt, it’s that we’ve never learnt enough. This is even more the case as technology continues to advance – we too have to advance what we know in order to stay ahead with the times.