Looking for some ways to improve your photography? Photography issues aren’t just something that beginners encounter; pro photographers face a set of challenges all of their own.
Don’t let photography issues hold you back! Here are seven common issues that pro photographers face, and tips and suggestions for overcoming them.
1. Lack of Perspective
Lack of perspective is a problem that many pro photographers face. This can cause your photos to lack originality.
Solution: Great photos are not accidental. Remember that each time you push the shutter; you are taking an entirely new photograph. Think about the composition of the photo –before you take the shot. Having a fresh perspective will give your photos more depth and meaning, and will help your photographs to turn out better.
2. Stuck in a Creativity Rut
Not pushing yourself, and simply relying on the same framing techniques for capturing shots can cause you to find yourself stuck in a creativity rut.
Solution: Push yourself to continually try harder and reach for better. Experimenting with different types of photography is another way to get the creative juices flowing. Unique, inspired, and extraordinary photos are the only way to stand out in this increasingly competitive industry.
3. Letting the Client Make all of the Decisions
Giving the client a say in what they want in their photographs is a great -but don’t stop there. Use the client’s ideas as a jumping point for your own ideas.
Solution: Give the clients what they want, but be sure to incorporate some other fun, creative ideas. After all, a client wouldn’t come to you if they already knew what they wanted and how to capture it. Make it fun and unique. Give them something that they didn’t know they wanted, and let them walk away wanting more.
4. Subcontracting too Much
Subcontracting some of the styling or post processing can be a welcome change, but it can also be risky. When it comes to subcontracting, especially for the post editing process, you run the risk of your signature style being compromised.
Solution: Finding a happy middle ground that allows you to subcontract while not sacrificing your style is the best option. Subcontracting can be a great way to lighten your load, but don’t run the risk of subcontracting yourself out of a job. Try to maintain some level of control over the work that you are subcontracting, to ensure consistency, and maintain your signature touch.
5. Dealing With Too Much Administration Work
Dealing with too much admin work can take a huge toll on your productivity. If you are at the point in your career where you are spending too much time behind the desk it may be time to consider hiring someone to help you with your daily tasks.
Solution: Try a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can help you with everything from social media marketing and SEO, to blogging and even bookkeeping. Hiring someone to help out with the day to day tasks can free up your time to focus on photography.
6. Too Much Time Spent Editing Photos
Editing and post processing is an important part of every photoshoot. Unfortunately though, post processing can be extremely time consuming –especially if you are working with a huge amount of photos from multiple photoshoots.
Solution: Try to automate the post processing process as much as possible. Photoshop allows you to automate just about anything using actions. This tutorial explains how to automate easily by setting Photoshop actions.
7. Over Working
Every photographer reaches the point in their career where they are, inevitably, overworking themselves. Between photoshoots, post editing, sales promoting, website building, and more, running a photography business is a full-time job. While it may be necessary to work hard in the beginning when you are first establishing your business, eventually overworking can cause burnout –and lead to less than inspired photos.
Solution: Give yourself time off. It might be difficult, but it is important for not only your photography, but for you as well. Taking the time to focus on your own personal photography projects allows you to go with your creativity -without any limitations. An important part of keeping inspired!
What about you? What challenges have you encountered as a photographer?