A lot of people ask me about my early photographic struggles and ask if I could share them with them. They feel like they’re not alone, that maybe they can learn from my experience and not have to go through what I went through. Well, in this article, I’m going to be as transparent as possible about my own initial photographic struggles so that you can see how we all go through this at one point or another.
Creating A Defined Niche
The first step in creating a targeted brand is defining your niche. This means being specific with what it is that you do as a photographer and what your strengths are. Don’t worry about what other photographers are doing, or what you think clients want or need, or even what other photographers think clients want and need. Know your own strengths and weaknesses, and define yourself by them—not the competition!
The hardest thing is learning how to spend your money. It’s easy to think that you need all the latest equipment, but in reality it just wastes your time and money. You don’t need a fancy camera or lens when you first start out, and if you try too hard to impress people with expensive gear they’ll see right through it anyway!
The best advice I can give is this: take pictures with whatever camera and lens you have on hand, then go back home and process them using Photoshop or Lightroom. Don’t worry about spending money on fancy filters or presets; just learn how to use these tools yourself so that later in life when you finally are ready for more advanced equipment, you’ll know how it works already!
The Technical Side
So you bought a camera and you’re ready to shoot. But the technical side of photography can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have a formal education in photography.
Most photographers have had their fair share of struggles when it comes to the technical side of photography. This is normal and nothing to feel ashamed about—the important thing is that you keep trying!
The key is perseverance and learning as much as possible from others who are more experienced than yourself. If this sounds like something that would interest you, then please continue reading our guide on how best to learn the technical side of photography!
Learning How To Run A Business
As you begin to build your business and learn about your clients, you need to understand their needs. How will they use the photographs? Are they simply a hobbyist or do they plan on making money from them? Knowing this information will help you market yourself accordingly.
It’s also important that you know what your competitors are doing and how they’re marketing themselves. This enables you to improve the quality of work that is being produced while still keeping costs low enough so that people can afford it. It’s also good practice in case someone decides not to purchase anything from anyone; if one person is unavailable then maybe another would be willing!
Whatever you are struggling with now, the time WILL come when those struggles will be a distant memory, and the lessons learned from them will make you an even better photographer.
Whatever you are struggling with now, the time WILL come when those struggles will be a distant memory, and the lessons learned from them will make you an even better photographer. You may not realize it at first, but eventually you’ll look back on your early photography days and think about how far you’ve come. There’s no reason to feel down about your current progress or lack thereof—just do what works for YOU, because the only person who can tell whether or not your photos are any good is YOU!
And here’s another thing: it’s that photographers are some of the most resilient people out there. They’re also some of the most determined; they know what they want out of life and they go after their dreams with everything they have! So no matter how tough things get right now… just remember that someday soon all those struggles will seem like nothing more than tiny little bumps in an otherwise smooth road ahead!
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and whatever you are struggling with now, the time WILL come when those struggles will be a distant memory, and the lessons learned from them will make you an even better photographer.