In today’s world, it seems pretty much anyone can be a photographer – all you need is a smartphone and an Instagram account. While this gives everyone an option to explore their creativity and learn how to shoot awesome photographs, there are some moments of your life for which you’ll want to hire a professional photographer. For weddings, products, and important changes in your life, you want to get someone who knows not only how to work the camera, but how to work the lighting, the effects, and the scene to make your moments and memories come out as beautiful as possible.
Professional photographers not only have better equipment than most consumers, we know how to use it! We’ve taken years of classes to better our skills, whereas most people let the camera do the work, resulting in dark images, blurry images, or images washed out by the flash. A professional photographer will manually work the camera, choosing the ISO, the shutter speed, aperture, and more, to make sure that the image that comes out is well exposed and perfectly lit. When you pay for a professional photographer, you’re paying for experience and expertise, artistic training and artistic vision.
Speaking of artistic vision, professional photographers will have an eye that you may not have – attention to detail, for example, and the ability to think out and plan an entire photo session. They can walk you through choosing a location, what clothes to wear, and what time of day to shoot at. Professional photographers can look at your family or your situation and pick the most flattering poses, the best lighting, and even unique ideas that you might not have thought to capture. That’s not all: most photographers will retouch the image in programs such as Photoshop or Lightroom, to make sure that the image is perfectly exposed, the colors are amazing, and the image looks polished and professional.
One major thing that you pay for when you hire a professional photographer is the fact that you’ll be in the picture. A lot of times, when you’re capturing a moment or a memory, you’re the one taking the picture – the person who is behind the camera instead of being involved in the image. Even if you’re in front of the camera, there’s the chance that person behind it is not as experienced with the equipment, resulting in shaky or blurry images (or even worse, attack of the thumb). Take, for example, a family photo – when was the last time that you had your family looking their best and all together in the same frame, without having to run back and forth between a tripod to set the timer on the camera?
Moments pass by us so quickly – you turn around and the kids are grown up, or you blink and you’re five years closer to forty. Capture the different facets and pieces of your life with the best photo quality available, and hire a professional photographer for the important things.