5 tips from 5 years of photography

ByDavid M. Conte

Jun 24, 2021

One of the best tips you can get from a photographer when you are starting out is when a more experienced photographer answers the question, “What would you say to a young person about photography?” Well, here are a photographer’s five answers to that question.

The question is common, and you’ll probably have seen several people create videos and articles to answer it from their own perspective. I believe I answered it too, to people I have taught or in articles I have written. Nonetheless, I’ll give one piece of advice that I didn’t have before, and if I had been able to go back and talk to myself ten years ago about photography, this is something I would bring up.

While there is a lot to be said about the hardware and buying it, the tip that I would find most helpful ten years ago goes a bit against one of Mattias Burling’s advice. , although I don’t think he’d disagree. I have upgraded my camera and bought a lot of lenses over the past decade; some were good investments, some were poor, and some were bad decisions. Now they’re almost all good or average, with almost no bad decisions, and that’s an improvement made by changing my metric. By just looking at how much you pay and what you have to earn, you can avoid impulse buys that don’t have much value in your camera bag. For example, I went from a Canon 5D Mark II to a Canon 6D a few years ago when the 6D was new. Looking back it was a completely sideways movement with little payoff for how much I spent. However, compare that with my switch from a 6D to the Sony a7 III (and therefore the switch to mirrorless) and the gains have been substantial for my workflow.

What advice would you offer to a younger you?