What qualifications do you need to become a photographer?

This one was a bit difficult for me because you need to love a great camera. I don’t think it’s quite that simple. It does help a great deal though. If you want to be a photographer, your first step should be to spend some time shooting. If you don’t do that first step, you won’t even be able to see what you love the most. If you just spend your time doing anything else, it will all be very hard to change to what you want in the end (though as you’ll see in this chapter we all have different ideas).

A photographer needs to have the following qualities: A love of photography (if that’s possible), great patience (you never know when you’re in the right place for the right time), a great memory (just try shooting without a frame), a keen sense of composition, a feeling that you get better with each photograph you make, a feeling of pride in what you are doing and how that has a positive effect on others.

For a short book, you’ll need these three. They’re not all that important but if you’re still doing it anyway, I can understand you being frustrated and upset that you are never having them. So if you think you have these three plus the ability to shoot in your head, then you definitely need to write down your goals and then work towards them.

Once you have those three things then you need to go do it. And to get the most out of your photography in the future, you have to pay attention to what your camera is capturing and then how it can be used. When you find that you can use it to give a great image, keep doing so.

The next stage is to go onto Pinterest and discover your passions. That’s where you’ll get ideas and that’s the first place I usually meet a photographer I find great. A photographer who has very good inspiration but no camera in their pocket.

How do you use the camera? What are your favourite apps?

I use a range of cameras all the time and I use them extensively. I mainly use my Canon 5D Mk II as my main camera. I shoot mainly portraits with it. I love the feeling of being in a portrait when I shoot it. I get a lot of inspiration in that sense, but I also love using my Canon DSLRs to tell stories. I love the way pictures of my family and friends look and I always love seeing friends and family take pictures of me.