Can I become a professional photographer?

Sure, with the advent of advanced digital cameras, you can. Great pictures appear at the push of a button.  The better the camera, the better the photographs.

But, it is not completely true. Infact, one can click awesome photographs with a normal digital camera, or click horrible shots with the most expensive DSLR. It’s not the camera that makes great images; it’s actually the person behind the camera. One should use one of the many affordable point and shoots for one’s photos.

Here I’m listing a few tips for both point and shoot and DSLR to help you take professional looking photographs.

·White Balance Adjustment
Ever noticed that your photographs sometimes have a “bluish” tinge in them? This is a very common issue with outdoor photography. The white balance setting on most digital cameras will cause a below par snapshot. Changing your white balance setting to “cloudy” will result in warmer photos with richer reds and yellows.

·Use Fill Flash Mode
Your digital camera’s flash probably has various modes but the fill flash mode adds just enough flash to create professional looking portrait photos indoors and outdoors. Most point and shoot digital cameras with built-in flashes only have a range of 10 feet (or even less!), so make sure you don’t stand too far away when using fill flash outdoors. An even better option would be an add-on camera flash.

·Use Close-Up Mode
Most of the photographs on our website are considered close-up/macro photos. Taking close-up/macro photos opens an entire new “mini world” to you and is plenty of fun to work on. When taking pictures in the close-up/macro mode of your camera, you should try to focus in on the most important aspect of your shot. You won’t be disappointed.

·Shoot at a Higher Resolution
Shoot your pictures in the highest resolution setting that your digital camera allows. A higher resolution will enable you to print larger copies of your gems as gifts and such. Memory cards have gone down dramatically in price lately and would be a great investment.

·Turn Your Camera Around
We always seem to take photos horizontally but a vertical shot could enhance your photo. Take the same shot both vertically and horizontally and see which comes out better. You never know what you’ll find on the other side.

·The Rule of Thirds
It is a natural instinct to position your subject dead center in your viewfinder and take the shot. This leads to a very boring photo. Try imagining that your viewfinder is divided into six equal blocks (like a tic-tac-toe game). And then, line up your subject along either the left or right line and close to the lower or upper line. The results will surprise you.

With those tips above, and of course a digital camera, you can definitely try to become a professional photographer.