Becoming a professional photographer is the dream of many. There are very few professions that can take you all around the world and expose you to all of life’s grandeur. But becoming a pro photographer is hard, you need years of technical training, an immaculate eye for composition and perhaps most restrictively, an expensive camera rig.
To faithfully capture images in a professional capacity you will need a formidable camera set up, with all the appropriate lenses, flashes, fill lights, and other bits of specialist (expensive) gear.
The above statement may have held true a decade ago, but in an age where an iPhone 11 packs a triple-lens system, do you really need fancy gear to start taking great photos? The simple answer is, no.
Modern smartphones like the aforementioned iPhone 11 pro max gold are supremely capable cameras, with wide apertures and manual controls. The level of quality you get from a smartphone would be unheard of 5 years ago. You really can get professional results from your smartphone.
The iPhone 11 pro max features not one but three external-facing cameras, all linked together by clever software into one system. This system can replicate fancy pro tricks such as depth of field and features an optical zoom. There are other brands making camera phones that can compete with not only the iPhone 11 pro max gold 256 gb, but with full-blown DSLR’s. Apple’s camera system sets itself apart but being calibrated from the factory, allowing you to switch through the three focal lengths seamlessly.
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It should go without saying that you will get better results from a professional system. Of course, a professional photographer with tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear will be able to achieve greater results than you with your iPhone, but that’s missing the point. To get started, you don’t need to buy this gear; you already have the tools in the palm of your hand.
The best way to hone your skills is to use whatever is available and take photos.
The best way to hone your skills is to use whatever is available and take photos. No that’s not a typo, I believe that message is so important I will repeat it twice.
So you have a capable camera phone and a passion for photography, anything else? While the whole point of this article is to say you don’t need fancy equipment, some extra bits and pieces can always help, and they don’t have to break the bank. For smartphones consider a tripod, these can be had for very little money and don’t need to be as rugged as their DSLR supporting counterparts.
These days most images are processed multiple times before the public sees them. Your smartphone already has some nice level adjusting software built-in, hence why you get such nice usable images straight out of the box. If you want to take it further, you must know your way around an editing suite. Adobe’s lightroom is an ever-popular choice, but you can get away with free software to keep costs down.
Hopefully, you will walk away from this article with some newfound purpose and inspiration. It is often said that the best camera to have is the one you have on you. To become a professional photographer you don’t need thousands of dollars to get started; you just need to get out there and practice. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there with your smartphone and start taking photos now!