With this pandemic and at home quarantine a lot of people are trying to find new hobbies to keep them occupied while bored at home. So many people go into photography as a new photographer not knowing the things they need to actually get amazing photos. It can get expensive when you start doing research and seeing how much professional equipment costs. It doesn’t have to be so expensive and difficult! With these tips, you are gonna be a professional in no time and you won’t have to break bank.
Invest In A Green Screen
The green screen is going to be your friend as a new photographer. You will be able to take photos and learn to edit the background on your own because you’ll always have your green screen to work with. With a greenscreen your backdrop possibilities are endless. Some green screens can cost as less as $20 but there are even articles and videos teaching you how to make your own green screen at home for way less! You are going to have so much fun playing around with backdrops and learning how to use the green screen that you will be a pro in no time.
Try Out Different Lenses
Since you are only a new photographer you will want to gather the equipment you need right away to get started. If you are aiming for cool effects on your photos you want to get some different lenses for whatever device you’re shooting on. If you are just shooting with your phone you can invest in a pack of $8 lenses to have different angles and ranges to work with. For example, if you want that close up 90s album cover photo then go for the fisheye lens. Different lenses are going to allow your photos to have different perspectives. It’s going to make a big difference in your photography.
Don’t Underestimate Your Phones Camera
New photographers are just not going to always have to access to a professional camera. Cameras are just so expensive that it might be a little disheartening to drop all your money on a new one. Especially if you are a new photographer just getting into the hobby it may not be in your best interest to buy a brand new camera. While thrifting or loaning is an option do not forget that smartphones nowadays have amazing camera quality. You’d be able to practice taking really nice pictures with just your phone till you’re able to get a professional camera. Since there are so many new apps for photography it’ll be as if you have a whole studio at your fingertips. Your phone just may end up being your best camera if you use it properly.
The World Is Your Backdrop
So as a new photographer, you don’t have a studio to work in to take your pictures. You want there to be cool backdrops but you just don’t have the money or the place to set it up. Don’t you fret! As the saying goes, the world is your oyster! Go to the park or the city and just let your camera speak for itself. You don’t need a professional backdrop to get amazing pictures of the world outside a studio. Take pictures of the animals you see roaming around or the new flowers that are blooming. If you live in a heavily populated city then take pictures of the hustle and bustle of city life. Start a new project by taking pictures of everyday people and tell their stories through your photos. There are so many different places and people to photograph you just have to go out there and look.
Use Your Friends As Models
Starting out as a new photographer you probably can’t afford to hire models for your pictures. That’s totally okay! What are friends for right? Offer to take your friends out on a photo shoot. You can tell them to get dressed in their best outfit and decided where they want their picture taken. This is a great way to build up your portfolio and to bond with your friends. They are going to appreciate you for choosing them as your model and at the same time get some amazing Insta-worthy pics out of it.
Take Advantage of the Weather
Did a rainy day ruin the photoshoot you were planning? Well, just roll with it! As a new photographer, you have to be able to adapt to your surroundings when it comes to unexpected things happening during a photoshoot. There so many possibilities for a rainy day photoshoot! You could take a picture behind some glass and get a raindrop portrait. You could splash a puddle just as a picture is being taken to add a cool effect. You could simply just take a picture of someone standing in the middle of the storm. If it’s the dead of winter and all you see is snow then take photos of friends in color outfits to contrast against all the white. The weather can be your friend if you let it. Don’t let the weather affect your shoot, instead turn it into something different and use it to your advantage.
Use Fairy Lights
Gorgeous and affordable fairy lights are a great addition to any indoor photoshoot. As a new photographer fairy lights are going to be a great way to up your photography game. Have them wrapped around your subject for a beautiful and colorful glow. You could string the lights in the background just to have them blurred out and your subject in focus. You could even keep the fairy lights close up to the camera and just blur them out so you can see the subject peaking through. It’s such an easy hack but it makes for stunning and glowing pictures any new photographer could take.
Which of these hacks did you try out for your photoshoot? Let us know in the comments. Make sure to share this with your friends so they can up their photography skills too!
Hi, my name is Sara and I'm a 22-year-old college student in New York. I'm a corporate communications major excited and passionate about writing and art. When I graduate from Baruch College I hope to pursue my dream of getting a cosmetology license and hope to one day be working in the beauty industry.