Before stepping into the shoes, get educated in a good photographic institute or work under an experienced photographer with willingness to eat, drink and sleep photography.
Choose the institute.
- Check the syllabus and portfolios of the faculty.
- Most institutes I know are money driven and are looking to make a quick buck. Their courses are designed just to make a turn over.
- Does the institute lay importance to the basics and fundamentals of photography.
- Photography is a science and should be treated likewise.
- Short courses are for people who already have a basic study or for hobbyists.
- Meet the students and see their work to gauge their evolution.
Choosing the teacher.
• A great photographer may not be a good teacher and a great teacher may not be a great photographer. Teaching is an art.
• You will find many photographers who pretend to teach and run short courses.
- Images of great photographers like Richard Avedon, David LaChappel, Ansel Adams, Irving Penn, Carleton Watkins and many more.Paintings of great masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt etc.
- Understanding the way in which they have used light and composed their frames is a good beginning.
- Be ready to work, experiment and learn from mistakes and errors. There is no substitute for experience.
The road to success is long, arduous and steep. Keep this in mind and commit yourself wholeheartedly. Success will come quickly if you have enjoyed the journey.