How To Become A Pro Photographer In Four Steps

Nov 10, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How To Become A Pro Photographer In Four Steps

Nov 10, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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With the rise of digital cameras it is becoming increasingly easy to become a photographer. It is not enough to own the gear for the job anymore and you need to bring something extra to the plate.

With this in mind we shared a tongue in cheek post a while back demonstrating how you can become a wedding photographer in ten easy steps. It looks like satire facebook page Being Satan did us one over and is now sharing an easier way to become a pro in only four steps.

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Have you had a job taken by a pro photographer like that?

[via 9gag]

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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33 responses to “How To Become A Pro Photographer In Four Steps”

  1. Marco Koller Avatar
    Marco Koller

    so true

  2. Zoltan von Dienes-Oehm Avatar
    Zoltan von Dienes-Oehm

    I would add a 2b: Apply fuzzy border and random trendy-filters-du-jour (ref polaroid, tilt-shift, instagram, etc)

  3. Michele M. Ferrario Avatar
    Michele M. Ferrario

    take shitty photo in full manual and said “i’m a *real* photographer”

  4. Scott Waltrip Avatar
    Scott Waltrip

    And always use kit lenses and some of the miracle all in ones

    1. ziplock9000 Avatar
      ziplock9000

      Good photography does not require good equipment any more than good equipment makes you a photographer.

  5. Virginie Ivy Dubé-Ménard Avatar
    Virginie Ivy Dubé-Ménard

    Push what you love -photography- instead of bashing what you hate… This kind of post is just plain annoying.

  6. John Flury Avatar
    John Flury

    how about this one:
    6) Offer “shootings” for 20 $ (including 200-300 unselected/unretouched photos on a CD, both in color and completely desaturated). Be prepared to know a couple of really cool shooting locations around your appartement (brick walls, garage doors, etc.).

    1. nite Avatar
      nite

      7) Instagram Filters

  7. Jesse Russell Avatar
    Jesse Russell

    Isn’t that five steps?

    1. nite Avatar
      nite

      Ask Captain Picard: “THERE ARE FOUR STEPS!”

  8. Javier Cardona Avatar
    Javier Cardona

    This is a post i would expect someone outside the community to post. In fact i saw a couple of my contacts (who shared this image from 9gag) a making fun of some guys who are getting into photography. Not funny.

  9. Tony Avatar
    Tony

    I stopped following your site a few months ago in response to posts like this. A buddy shared this and tagged me, and it made me realize I made a good decision back then. No matter how much worthwhile material you publish, one article like this ruins your image. Those who are new to a certain artform should be nurtured and encouraged, not ridiculed.

    1. joedecker Avatar
      joedecker

      There’s a difference between being new to an artform, and being new to an artform and putting yourself out, and accepting contracts, as a professional in that artform.

      Perhaps you can imagine what that difference is. Perhaps.

      1. Tony Avatar
        Tony

        The article and graphic didn’t say anything about putting yourself out there or accepting contracts. But that would have lended credence to a worthwhile read.

      2. Rohan Gupte Avatar
        Rohan Gupte

        Let me break something down for you. If there is a market for a service or a product that is willing to make a purchase, then there is a sale. It DOES NOT matter what others think of that product or service if there is a buyer who is willing to pay cold cash to use it. Period.

        So the fact that you mention someone out there that is accepting contracts (which in turn mean that there is a buyer of that service), supersedes all the notions and prejudices you have about them.

  10. Paul Danger Kile Avatar
    Paul Danger Kile

    In the case of diyphotography.net #5 should be:

    5) Sarcastically make fun of people with less experience on your glorified blog.

  11. Benjamin Gola Avatar
    Benjamin Gola

    been there, done that

  12. Carl Nel Avatar
    Carl Nel

    6 – Claim that pro tools like Photoshop is a waste of real photography talent because your pics are perfect to begin with…

    Well said, but would help if the poepol could actually count to more than four, but probably had one finger on the shutter button and forgot to count it in…

  13. Jon Peckham Avatar
    Jon Peckham

    Do photo booths for a hundred bucks! Yeah, thats it! What a worthless article . .

  14. Mary Wilson Avatar
    Mary Wilson

    Kate Barnes haha! Thought you might enjoy this. I want to make one about “graphic designers”.

  15. Josh Morison Avatar
    Josh Morison

    Oh come on people. This is hardly ridiculing anyone who is developing a passion for photography. @Tony, you can be new to this artform and still have a sense of humour!

  16. Steve Solis Avatar
    Steve Solis

    Add… “advertise your photography on craigslist .” Some photographers just take themselves too seriously. Funny post!

  17. Kallie Erasmus Avatar
    Kallie Erasmus

    So sad. So true. The digital age has dumbed everything down to the lowest level of common denomination. But then again, there’s no medicine for and no law against stupidity. If you choose a photographer without doing your homework, you deserve what you get.

  18. Kevin Soney Avatar
    Kevin Soney

    Giggling like a schoolgirl from the comments on the article. Serious much?

  19. Mark Randall Byland Avatar
    Mark Randall Byland

    Don’t insult black and white shooting. It’s the foundation of what you know now. Most people don’t know a damn thing about shooting in B&W and think it’s just easier to switch in post when you get home. DIY, I wonder about you, sometimes …

  20. ziplock9000 Avatar
    ziplock9000

    Top togs have their trade and company based on name + photography. 1-3 are valid though

  21. Albin Avatar
    Albin

    Substitute “Pro Photographer” for the word “Captain” – based on a 1950s Readers Digest “Laughter is the Best Medicine”:

    The young stock broker shows up at his mother’s house after buying a large boat, wearing a yachting cap and blue blazer with brass buttons. He says, “Now I got my yacht, Mama. Now I’m a Captain.”

    Mama says, “Son, to you you’re a Captain. To me, who loves you, you will always be a Captain. But, just one question, to the Captains are you a Captain?”

  22. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    1) This one I can agree with, the camera does not make the photographer and one should NOT buy an expensive DSLR without basic photography skills first.

    2) I don’t think I’ve ever used P mode on my camera since 2001.

    3) Guilty on that one…LOL…

    4) I added just “Photos” to mine. LOL. While I see the authors point that it’s stupid to start a facebook page to pose as a professional before you are one IF you claim to be one. Some ppl create them just to show off their pics.

    5) Hey…while my initials are in my watermark it IS the name of my business. :)

    All in all the post is stupid and makes assumptions. I almost expect this to be MWAC post.

  23. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    I also hate the “frame it in the camera and never do any retouching” crowd. First, they are full of crap and second, even back in my darkroom days I cropped and retouched images…just wasn’t done DIGITALLY. Anytime you use any one of the dozens of techinques to print artistic images you are defacto RETOUCHING. And BW was all I ever shot back then (talking as far back as the mid-late 70’s).

  24. Kent Avatar
    Kent

    We all need to let off some steam sometimes and that was what this rant was. In truth it is fear that novices that call themselves pros either take business away from reputable photographers or taint the profession scaring away customers. Just complaining about it solves nothing. The better approach is to find solutions like outlining better to novices what steps they should go through before becoming professional and setting up mechanisms that allow consumers to identify qualified photographers from amateurs.
    I am not a professional photographer. I know the difference. When I performed music we always said that anyone can be a one hit wonder but it takes craftsmanship to consistently produce great songs. That said professional photographers always have to be careful and humble because they too occasionally produce crap. Also like the music industry you sometimes have to allow certain fads to run their course (Instagram flares) without response. People will always return to high quality and professionalism in the long run.
    I got a chuckle out of the article but if you want to seriously talk about what is hurting your industry there are lots of more important topics to discuss such as walking over each other for a customer only to commoditize the overall profession. I work in pharmaceuticals and I have seen this with pharmacy retailers. They reduce their drug prices to near or below acquisition cost hoping to destroy each other only to be left with customers that expect $5 simvastatin that they cannot deliver either. I also used to work in medical healthcare and I can tell you that physicians don’t do that to each other and they have survived a little better (although not much).
    Good luck and I hope this helps. In the meantime I am happy being an amateur where I make my money elsewhere and can truly be unencumbered to explore the more artistic side of photography.
    Lastly remember you too were a novice that relied on mentors and support to become what you are today. No one does it alone. No one.

  25. Nikita Titow Avatar
    Nikita Titow

    Adam done?

  26. onaromjunk Avatar
    onaromjunk

    You just lost another follower. I expected more from DIY photography

  27. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    “It is not enough to own the gear for the job anymore … ”

    It has *never* been enough just to own gear. Even the lucky few photographers of the 1800’s that didn’t have local competition was subject to the requirements of basic business practices. Its always been about marketing, customer services, quality control, professionalism and value. Just because someone owns a nice pair of pliers and can pull a tooth doesn’t make them a dentist.