Professional Photography Buying Guide

Taking pictures professionally requires a lot of equipment when getting started. Whether you're an professional photography 101. Below, a few key things to consider. * '''Space''': If you are going to be taking your professional pictures in a studio, make sure that you have enough room. However, even if you are taking photos outdoors, you still want to figure out your space and make sure you know where your equipment is going. * '''Budget''': Plan ahead of time how much money you have to spend on equipment and make sure that you have a sizable budgetequipment'>photography equipment can be pricey. * '''Camera''': This seems obvious, but a lot of thought needs to go into buying a model that will hold up and has the features that you need. Some professional photographers prefer a Quick release plates allows you to attach and remove the camera easily from the tripod, and they are compatible with specific tripod heads. Check out a few models below. !


If you shoot portraits, video, or do work for television, you might be in need of a background. Whether it be colored or white, backgrounds come in varying hues and sizes.


Definitely a very important part of photography. Depending on the size of your shoot, consider how many bulbs you will need and their varying placement.


Besides backgrounds and lighting, there are a few other items you may want to purchase before getting started. 


Now that you have all of your equipment, here are some terms used in the professional photography world that will help get you started. * '''Aperture''': Adjustment of the iris (movable opening on the camera lens) which controls the amount of light passing through the lens. * '''Amateurism''': Taking pictures as a hobby and not for profit. * '''Burning In''': Increases exposure in certain print areas to darken an image. * '''Dodging''': Reducing exposure in certain print areas of an image to make parts lighter. * '''Filters''': Placed in front or behind the lens to change the way the light hits your subject. * '''Metering''': A measurement of exposure so that highlights or other effects are shown to the photographer's desire. * '''Shutter Speed''': Adjustment of the speed to control the amount of time that an image is exposed to light.

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