Many people wonder if they really need to invest in a professional photographer, whether it be for a wedding, a school photo, or a nice family portrait. Hiring a really good photographer is generally not cheap, but if you hire the right one the pictures are worth every penny.
While it is true that you can save a lot of money if you hire your cousin, who has been practicing with Photo Shop, it is also true that you can really tell the difference between a professional photographer, and an amateur.
Some of the things you gain with a professional photographer include:
A professional artist
This is not to say that your cousin does not have better artistic abilities than a photographer, but it does mean two things:
1 – Most of the time you’re asking a cousin or friend to take the pictures, not because they have artistic abilities, but just because they know how to click a button, and it will save you money.
2 – Even when your cousin does have artistic abilities, a professional photographer has been trained to combine their artistic abilities with professional photographic execution, which can save a lot of time and will ultimately produce better quality photos.
Professional long-term value
A good photographer has the experience to know what should go where, what colors will turn out good next to others, where to place people, and how to make the pictures look professionally organized, yet realistic. In the long run, this shows and is one of the main reasons people hire professional photographers.
Comfort and natural expressions
Another great characteristic found among the really good photographers is the ability to make people feel comfortable quickly. No-body likes taking pictures, especially group photos, and having someone that can make everyone genuinely smile quickly is priceless. This is especially true when you have children to try and keep still and smile at the right time. Not all good pictures need to capture a smile to be memorable and a professional photographer knows how and when to capture those other expressions that make great photos.
Knows about dynamic composition
What is dynamic composition, you ask? If you or your cousin isn’t sure, you might need to hire a professional.
Is trained to see the best lighting in every situation
One of the main reasons the pictures your cousin took didn’t come out very clearly is because he or she didn’t know how to bring in, or capture the lighting in just the right way. This is one of the most important things a professional photographer has to know about. This is why they usually bring their own lighting sources and reflectors. Many professional photographers will take numerous classes to learn how to use their equipment correctly so they can capture the best lighting in any situation.
Knows how to make you look better than you actually do
The last and most important benefit to hiring a professional photographer is that they will ultimately make you look better than you actually do. Being able to make someone, who is not photogenic, look great in photos, is one thing that really sets a professional apart from the rest, including your cousin
About the article: This article was provided by Lynn Brown Photography. If you are in need of a good photographer in the Atlanta, Georgia area please visit her site for more information.
Credits: Photo courtesy of Gary Scott.