How to Become a Good Photographer

My name's Matt, and I'm the Creative Director here at Avalon Live. Personally, I got into photography about 5 years ago and it took me a while to get started! I tend to be pretty stubborn, so when my mom bought me my first real camera, I didn't read any instructions. It took me a year to take my first photo that wasn't completely black! But, that process taught me how to use the manual settings on my camera, and I was off to the races from there.

I don't want you to make the same mistakes I did. So, here's three keys to becoming a good photographer. If you follow these, your learning curve will be way shorter than mine was and hopefully, you'll surpass me with your skills in no time!

This is a picture I took at a family photo shoot back in April on my Canon 5D Mark II.

1) Get Educated!

Education is crucial when it comes to becoming a good photographer. There are some great resources out there that are extremely affordable. My favorite is Creative Live. On their website, you can either sign up on a class-by-class basis or get a Creative Pass for a year to access all of the classes. I recommend the latter option because it's a better bang for your buck, but its up to you! The best part about Creative Live is that you get advice and techniques from some of the best photographers in the world! It's definitely helped me take my photography skills to the next level for sure.

2) Go Practice!

One of the main mistakes I see new photographers make is that they never take pictures! Photography is just like any other skill: it takes practice to make perfect. No matter how much education you do on the front end, your first few shoots just aren't going to go that well, and that's okay! Stick at it and you'll develop an eye in no time. If you don't want to be a photographer as a career, then just ask your friends and family if you can practice on them! Worst case scenario, the pictures come out terrible and it didn't cost anyone anything. Best case scenario, you just may have gained your first customer!

I made a new friend while taking pictures for 5th Ave Coffee Company in Naples, FL.

3) Have Fun!

Make sure to have fun! Photography is a fun hobby, and sometimes you can have the joy sucked out of you when you're too busy worried about becoming as good as the photographers you idolize on Instagram. Don't worry about them so much and focus on your own skills! The beauty of photography is that everyone has their own style, their own preferences, and their own flair that they bring to the table. So, have fun, try new things, and develop your own style. It'll be worth it in the long run.