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The importance of mastering your camera

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One of the most important things any new photographer could do to improve the success of their business is to master their camera. A photographer charging clients for their work should know exactly how to manipulate the controls on their camera to get the desired look to their photos.

What is the easiest way to do this? Read your camera’s manual…then practice, practice, practice. Orange County, Ca. wedding photographer Jasmine Star offers that same advice in one of her FAQ posts on her blog. She admits she started her business with pretty standard equipment, but she made it work for her because she actively practiced, and when she got lost or confused, she researched.

Mastering your camera is of utmost importance. After all, when out on a shoot, if you don’t feel confident with your camera, how are you going to feel confident trying to pose your clients most likely in an unfamiliar location, and under a totally different type of stress, all while fiddling in frustration with your camera. Your clients will be able to sense this frustration, and nobody will leave the session happy. And for certain,  you will not be getting any referrals from those equally frustrated clients.

Practice, perseverance, and patience are the true keys to being able to manipulate your equipment like a pro. Get this down pat, and your sessions will begin to flow oh so smoothly, and both you and your clients will walk away from the experience feeling positive. This article is a great summary of the importance of mastering your camera to master your craft, and what exactly you need to be an expert at.

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Written by brittanibowling

November 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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