I know what you’re thinking, “What’s so difficult about taking a photograph?”
It wasn’t until I started planning and designing my new website that I realised how much I am struggling as a freelance photographer. I sat down and noted all of the struggles that I am facing or have faced within my journey of photography. Of course, as a self-taught photographer, there would some struggles. However, I never knew I had this many. I have decided to write this post to inform others of my struggles, and that they’re not the only one experiencing these. Also, I hope in a few months, I am able to hold my hands up and say that I have improved on at least two of these.
You’ll be surprised how quickly a battery dies, even if it is fully charged. Luckily, I invested into a second battery which has saved me a couple of times. For anyone who is wanting to take photography seriously, or even if you’re going away, I would 100% recommend taking and/or buying another battery. The last thing you want to happen is being at the moment of taking a beautiful photograph and then your camera just dies. TRUST ME…IT’S HORRID!
Love/Hate Relationship with The Sun
Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love the sun, but sometimes it gets in the way and does no justice for the photographs I am trying to take. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I just hate it. The sun is something that every photographer just has to work with, whether if they use it in its favor, or completely edit their photos taken in the presence of it. Personally, I prefer working in the evening with minimal light as I am able to edit the highlight and contrast in Lightroom, so for me that works really well. I struggle most with the sun when I am doing portraiture shots or outdoor headshots. It is VERY difficult to get rid of the bright light on someone’s face, including all of the shadows.
Not Enough Work
Unfortunately, I don’t get the opportunity to work with clients and do lots of shoots on a weekly basis. This does make me very sad as I am passionate greatly about photography and I love it so much. This is partly due to the fact that I already have quite a busy lifestyle. I am at university full-time, I have a part-time job and I have a few other commitments. I wish I was able to do shoots at least 3 times a week, but at times it is difficult to fit in. I often find it a struggle to get to meet up with clients, whether if that is someone I know or someone who has got in contact with me. Due to life, there have been many occurrences where I have been cancelled and/or no longer needed. Photography is a tricky business! However, for me, not enough works simply means that I just don’t get to use my camera, rather than the pay aspect.
Costs of Equipment
For me to even consider myself as a photographer, I had to buy a brand new camera, lenses, memory cards, batteries and indoor equipment which of course is not cheap. I took a moment in my life where I had been saving for something that I really wanted, something that I had my heart set on. Another year later and I am finding myself in the need of wanting to purchase a different camera and a fixed lens. Photography is something that requires an upgrade or better equipment frequently. I am currently saving for the Canon 80D and I am determined to get it. The camera that I own at the moment is designed for beginners and hobbyists. It’s not a bad camera, but it is a basic DSLR. I know that I want to take photography seriously and to do that I need a slightly better camera to assist me with the types of shoots that I want to be doing.
Perfection! Perfection! Perfect! That’s all that I want. I want every single photograph to be perfect. I am very careful during the process of taking photographs as I think it’s important to only give the client the photographs that you’re happy with sharing with the rest of the world. You wouldn’t want a ‘bad’ photograph that you took to be out there in the world as this could affect your business. For a photograph to be perfect for me might not be your ideal ‘perfect’ photograph and that is the biggest struggle that I face deciding which photographs to include within a clients photo album.
Can you relate to some of these? What are some of your biggest struggles?