How I Became A Successful Photographer at 15 Years Old

How I Became A Successful Photographer at 15 Years Old

My tips for teenage photographers:

Use the time you have!

You may think that being young is a disadvantage when it comes to photography but you couldn’t be more wrong; the best thing about being a teenage photographer is that there isn’t pressure to make money. If you do make money then that’s great but it’s not like you’re going to be missing mortgage payments at 15! You can use this time to develop your techniques and prefect your photography.

It’s you that takes the picture, not the camera you own

I often hear people say things like “If I had the same camera as *insert photographer here* I would take photos like that as well!” and it frustrates me. I like to think of it in terms of art: having a £50 pencil isn’t going to make you any better at drawing. Having a top-of-the-range DLSR isn’t going to automatically improve your techniques and what you take photos of. I’m not saying that DLSR’s aren’t necessary as they will improve the quality of your images and the amount of control you have over the settings, I’m saying that you should remember that the camera is simply a tool and how you use it is more important than what make/model you have. Don’t worry if you have a compact camera and just have fun with what you’re doing!

[this Nonsense Society member takes pictures with a $12 camera]

Don’t compare your work with other artist’s

I think the worst thing you can do as a photographer is compare your work to other people’s as it only leads to self doubt. Take pride in your work and have faith in your talent! If you see another photographer that you envy just remind yourself that they didn’t start out as perfect and they had to work hard to get to where they are at. You work will get better in time and with practice so don’t let it get to you.

Social networks are your best friends

Social networks are good for many reasons:

  • Inspiration
  • Publicity
  • Tutorials
  • Making friends/contacts.

There are so many sites out there and I advise you to join at least a couple of them because they have so much to offer. My favourites are Deviantart and Facebook because I find them the most personal but other great ones are: Flickr, Tumblr, MyShutterspace and Model Mayhem.

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Have fun with what you’re doing

I sometimes find myself frustrated at shoots and when that happens I know I have to take a step back and just smile. Yes, photography can be frustrating especially when you have art block but at the end of the day it is a lot of fun. You’re young so just have fun with what you’re doing as there will be plenty of time in the future to get stressed over things.

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