Taking pictures is very easy but taking a good picture is not that easy of a task. When you think of becoming a professional photographer, need is to know if you actually have any idea, what will be your job nature?
Taking photography as a profession is a nice option, but due to over-saturation it is not the best option. However, successful photographers earn a fortune in little time, by doing quality work.
Before taking any career it is better to work in that industry for a short time to see the scope, people, working style, dealings and the nature of job most importantly. Same is true about taking photography as a profession. First decide what branch of photography appeals you the most, and then make career move accordingly. Say for example if it is wild life photography; consult a photographer in related field. Try to work and gain experience for at least 6 months. Advantages are much folded, first of all, you will have assurance if the work nature is of your type or not, secondly, once you start your studies, the practical work will really help you and third and most importantly you will get to practice something.
The second step is to look for the school that offers the program you are interested in, but the course will just tell you little about the angles, exposure and lens working. Whereas, learning how to do photography demands time and hard-work.
The third step is getting a professional camera, I advice is better to keep two cameras simultaneously, one professional and other point and shoot type. The simple reason is, you just don’t want to take pictures, and you want to take excellent, brilliant pictures. You want people to pay you, to photograph them. Well for that you need to learn how to take advantage of shutter speed, zooming in and zooming out options, different angles, taking pictures in different exposures and a lot more. The best way to accomplish this task is to take camera and just shoot whatever you come across, don’t forget to compare your pictures.
As said by Elliott Erwitt if you want to learn photography, sitting at home is not going to help your hobby, instead practice as much as possible and experimentation with lens and apertures is the key to success.
When you have nothing, try reading different books on photography and designs. These helps a lot while learning. While studying, I suggest you should start your own company or practice too, start taking small assignments, as it is harsh reality but normally photographers don’t make a fortune, it’s only a small percentage that move to fashion industry side that may pay you a handsome package and fame too, otherwise until you know influential people in business or have contacts, it is very hard to make a living by only photography. That’s why, it is better to start making your own contacts, the moment you decides to make photography as your profession.