I need serious advice!

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  1. shutterbug01

    shutterbug01 TPF Noob!

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    First and foremost....Photography is my passion && for some reason I am having such a hard time beginning this dream career that I have in mind. I've loved taking pictures ever since I was a little girl. I'm 19 now & need some serious advice. A couple of months back I bought my first SLR camera : Canon Rebel XS
    I'm in love.! I haven't bought any extras, but I'm dying tooo!!! I'm just unsure of what I need to buy just for a beginner. I still haven't made a Logo for myself. I need a step-by-step on how to begin this dream! I also am unsure as of my education..Does anyone know of any great photography schools?! I'm just so overwhelmed.!
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Great photography school = your town's municipal library. Seriously. There are probably 100 great books on photography there, all free for the borrowing...
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Logo...career... put those thoughts on hold for a few years (if not more) until you get an idea of what and how you shoot.

    Focus on your passion and have fun with photography. Dont charge people, dont make a logo...live and learn what you love. The rest will come in due time.

    A great cheap lens to learn with is the Canon 50mm f/1.8. Save the rest for later purchases.

    You are right, there is alot to learn. You need to master alot of photography before thinking of taking money from people. You need backup gear, need to learn flash and off camera lights.

    If you do plan on making this a career, then I highly suggest not only investing in photography knowledge, but invest in classes on how to run a small business when you are ready to spread your wings. They will be way more valuable in the long run

    Keep in mind that everyone and their uncle has your camera. Everyone thinks being a photographer is all about a cheap dslr and a logo, and you are now set to shoot weddings. Its a highly competitive market, alot of people are in here. Its not an easy road. You wont be making millions, you wont have fame and fortune and rub shoulders with the stars on the red carpet.
     
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    shutterbug01 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the advice guys! I've taken pics for a baptism and some things for family..with no charge..As in my education I am currently working on my associates business degree..but when i meant logo..I wasnt sure when I took pics for the baptism if I should have put a logo somewhere???! Would you guys suggest maybe I should get caught under the wing of someone experienced?..I've considered moving out of my hometown to expand my horizons? what do you think?
     
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    Raian-san TPF Noob!

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    You mean logo as your name on the photos? I'm sure almost everybody, even new people or amateur put their name on their pictures for privacy issue. We don't want our photo being use elsewhere without our permission. I would suggest come up with whatever you want and put it at the bottom right corner like most people. Nothing big, just small like Shutterbug Photography or Photography by Shutterbug for example.

    As for school, I would suggest reading books. I bought a few beginner books and it helped me learned a lot about the basic of photography. After learning those, go out and try to use what you learned. Practice makes perfect. Nobody become a pro overnight, there are a lot of trial and tribulation. When you learn the basic, you can start explore to master it. It's just like everything you do, gotta learn the basic first. You can't be Jimmy Stewart if you don't know how to drive a car.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yes, definately start with a logo. Once you have a logo, everything else will fall into place.
     
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    Mustlovedragons TPF Noob!

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    Have to admit, this made me giggle.
     
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    JasonLambert TPF Noob!

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    :lmao:
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It's true!

    Oh, wait. You need passion too.

    Passion, and a Logo, and you're set.
     
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    ToadMum TPF Noob!

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    OK.. can I trade passion for vodka? Vodka makes everything better.... or is that diamonds? crap just pass the vodka.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    No! Vodka and a logo takes you down an entirely different path.
    Vodka and passion makes babies. Consider yourself warned.
     
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    A couple of months experience, a logo, a DSLR, no sweat, its time you started charging, you'll do well. H
     

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