Charles Nucci is a highly respected photographer in the San Francisco, Bay Area. He often works on contracts for high luxury brands but also does all he can to help aspiring photographers. In a recent interview, he highlighted some highly underrated advice that beginner photographers hear but that often neglect. According to Charles Nucci, it is very important that you never dismiss the following, even if you will be tempted to do so in the beginning.
Education Is More Important Than Gear
Most beginner photographers invest a lot of money in gear but do not really have the proper education to use it to the full potential. In photography, this advice is underrated since we are taught that it is the camera that gets the work done. There were numerous experiments that proved this to be incorrect. When comparing a workshop where something new is learned and a new camera lens, if the price is the same, beginners almost always choose the lens.
Charles Nucci recommends spending money on photo tours, well-rated workshops and education as a whole. You can only become a much better photographer when you get more education, not when you get the best possible equipment.
Shoot For Yourself First
When we upload photographs we get used to doing this for likes and engagement. Many beginner photographers get way too accustomed to shooting pictures for others as they participate in online contests and try to sell images online. The problem is that this stops creativity. When you are a beginner photographer the main audience you have to think about is you. Basically, start with taking photographs of what you really love and capture those things that move and inspire you. This actually helps you to easily get the motivation you need to keep improving since you do something you love as opposed to something others want to see.
Find Your Photo Niche
As a beginner photographer, one of the very important things you hear about but you most likely neglect is looking for a niche. There is no photographer out there that is good at absolutely everything. The beginner thinks about all the top photographers around the world and wants to be all of them at the same time. As a beginner in San Francisco or anywhere else, you need to experiment with different photography types. However, as soon as you find a direction that you like more, start focusing on that. This allows you to improve your skills a lot faster because of the fact that you do not feel that compulsive necessity to do absolutely everything.
The last important advice coming from Charles Nucci for beginner photographers is to simply slow down. He is not the only one that says this. It is actually something beginners hear all the time. There is this belief that you need to take as many pictures as possible in order to find a very good one but in reality, preparation is much more important in photography. Take a deep breath, scout, frame without hurrying, shoot patiently and always take all the time needed to prep the shot.