Sunday, May 21, 2017

Home of the birch trees - And how to be a photographer


Hello dear ones! How have you spent this sunny Sunday? I waked to a fleamarket where I wandered around in the sun, listened to music and bought some woolen socks, a cotton blouse and an adorable blue Dala horse. Afterwards I spent the afternoon at my computer to edit the photos of my friends which I took yesterday at the band's promoshoot. The four of us met at some barns nearby here in Helsinki and walked by some different locations, trying out different shots. For around two hours we wandered through the forest until we found this lovely spot which was covered by these white birch trees and wood anemones. It was just the perfect place to take some photos. 

I stood in front of the camera a few times already but never really did a shoot for someone else. I am used to my tripod and remote, sometimes even a real human being behind the camera, but shooting someone else than me was a new experience. I have been so excited to finally improve my skills in portrait photography but at the same time I was very nervous to disappoint the others. Of course they knew that I am not a professional and I also did it for free, but still I built my own expectations and that puts even more pressure on me than anyone else could do. So I thought I might share some tips and tricks how to become a photographer although you are not a professional and share what worked for me!


1) Like with every other profession or hobby, practice is the key! I've got into photography a few years ago and since then I have practiced and improved a lot, but still I am a beginner and have so so much to learn. It is great that practice is combined with fun in this case so get outside and catch the world in your camera! Sometimes I feel like I am even a little too obsessed with taking photos because I barely leave the house without my camera, but who cares?

2) The best way to learn new things about your camera or photography is by meeting other photographers! Oh you have no idea how often I've met with friends, we took photos and out of nowhere I found out something totally new about my camera just because someone else showed me. It is good to get to know your camera by yourself but sharing experiences and knowledge helps so much! In the bigger cities there are photowalks or photography meetings sometimes - have a look if you can find like-minded people in your surrounding!

3) There are thousands of great photographers out there and they all do the same as we do so it is important to find your own style. It takes it time and like I said I am still a beginner myself, which means that I am still trying out things, practicing with my editing program, camera and style. At some point I guess you find your niche automatically. Just go with what you like!

4) Be confident! That's something I have to tell myself every single day. So very often in the past I compared myself to others and let's be honest, there are so many good photographers out there, who needs me then? But hey, we are all individuals and we have different ways of seeing and capturing the world, so yes, this world needs you! Trust in your own skills and take your time to find your way into it!

5) The combination is the key! It is not only about the camera. It also depends on the lens, the photographer and the object making a photo a good photo. So you can also do great photos without having the most expensive and best camera! Recently, I won a subscription for Adobe Lightroom and since then I am much happier with my photos. Working with the program brings me joy and I like to experiment with it! I know really good editing programs are expensive and I have been really lucky to win this, but I also noticed that it is really worth its money. 

6) Have fun! This is the most important thing for me because if you love what you do, sooner or later people will see that and they will see it in your pictures. So never loose the love for what you do and the fun doing it! Nevertheless what people might say, never start to just reach for fame or success. Success comes with passion - at least that's what I believe in and life taught me. 

Of course, if you wanna become a professional photographer you also have to work hard, I don't wanna romantize it too much. But I don't want people to forget that it doesn't always require a professional education to be successful with something you love! So to answer the question from the beginning: How to be a photographer - grab a camera and go out into the world!



I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and catch some memories in some photographs! Take care, Lots of love!

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