We just spoke with a woman this morning who politely told us that she didn’t need professional photography because her “daughter is taking a photography class”.
When we hear this, we kind of cringe, because we’re pretty sure we know what’s going to happen, as illustrated in this photo.
We could build an entire class around the differences between the amateur photo on top, and the professional photo on bottom, and why the latter is so much better than the former.
Suffice it to say, there are lots of things that a professional photographer knows and is in control of that your daughter who is taking a photography class is not, including:
- Metering the exposure.
- Manual f/stop.
- Off camera lighting.
- Lens choice.
- Position of camera.
- White balance.
- Technical know how in using gear.
We realize that many folks probably don’t even see a difference between the amateur photo on top and the professional photo on bottom. And many who do notice a difference think the one on top is good enough. This post is not directed to these folks.
But I’m genuinely concerned about those folks who expect professional quality (like in the bottom photo) from their daughter who is taking a photography class, or from their Uncle Bob. You’re going to be disappointed.
It takes years to acquire and master all of the things that a professional photographer is quietly managing when s/he makes a great looking portrait for you. Your daughter isn’t there yet. Neither is your Uncle Bob.
For those people who want and expect professional results, my humble advice is that you hire a professional.