It is not everyday you get to meet David Koonar. David Koonar is one of the best Canadian photographers. With experience working with a host of different clients and companies, it is only imperative that we interview him and get excellent photography insights.
When David Koonar walked into our studios, you could feel the confidence and the swag—some say it is bravado, but of course, if you have established yourself within a niche, then your walking will be different.
David, who was entirely nice, gave us great insights for upcoming photographers and even seasoned ones. Let’s hand it over to him.
Photography is a Profession of Passion
I tell a lot of people, ‘Do not attempt photography for the money. You will get frustrated. It’s an unsaid rule amongst photographers that you must have a passion for the craft.
Passion is essential to keep you going when you are not making enough money. You have bills to pay. Are you confident that photography can pay your bills and give you the life you want? Well, photography is excellent for me, and I make a lot of money; however, things were not always this beautiful.
I started in a rough place in order to land my first client, and I had to build. However, while building my career, portfolio, and clientele were stressful, I will do it repeatedly if I have to. I have a passion. The fancy cars and houses are great; however, I am absolutely nothing without the camera. Are you passionate about photography?
Learning is Key
Some people can see beauty, colors, shapes, frames and capture these moments. Some people have the gift of photography, while others have to work tirelessly.
One thing remains true: whether or not you have the talent, if you can put yourself to work, you will get better. You do not become a professional just by buying a camera.
It would help if you practiced all the time. Follow some of the best photographers in the world and attempt to replicate the pictures they take. Work with models. Offer free services when you are just starting. Build your portfolio and sharpen your skills.
There is never an end to learning when it comes to photography, and you must do whatever it takes to be great at it. People call me a professional, but I learn every day. I practice every day. I look for new and exciting techniques, and I grow.
Do not become so ego-centered that you forget that you must sharpen your skill every day.
Portfolio in Social Media
When you introduce yourself as a photographer to a potential investor or just some random guy in the street, you will undoubtedly be asked for your portfolio. Do you throw away your shoots? Do you save the nice ones? Do you even have an Instagram account?
If you want to showcase your talent, you must optimize social media, especially Instagram. Don’t keep your captures on your PC. Post them on IG and promote your work. Build your portfolio, and in no time, you will receive calls from people who want to hire your services.
Invest in Gadgets
Gadgets are essential to photography, from good cameras to lighting to lenses and even fashion. You need to look at your craft—and photography is a beautiful craft.
The great news is that you do not have to break the bank to buy good cameras. With excellent saving habits and some discipline, you should be able to buy a decent camera.
When starting, ensure you take your camera with you wherever you go. Picture perfect moments sometimes occur when we least expect them to.
It could be a scenic mountain view, the darkness of the tunnel, a bride, culture, beautiful people, an animal. Whatever the scene is, as long as you are camera-ready, you will capture it, post it, and get Instagram-famous for taking amazing shots.
There you go from David Koonar. Take the tips to heart.