taking your time on photography

From what I have been told, photography seems to be one of the subjects that people usually are so hyped up about, however lose interest so quickly too. This idea led me to open up a blog section on this website for me to enlighten some of the frequently asked questions about photography, and also to see my own progress through my pages as well.

From my perspective, photography has not always been my priority or even an aspect on my life. I started this journey back when I was in High School through my shitty iPhone camera, then decided to move on with a DSLR. The first two months was all about me trying to deal with all that technical stuff on Manuel Mode, getting to know how the shutter speed works, what editing actually looks like and trying to find models to shoot with. I would spend hours reading articles about how to use a camera, watching videos on YouTube about manual modes. Looking back, now that it seems so natural and easy for me to adjust the camera settings, I always get into the tought of “Damn, why did it take so long for me to understand these easy steps and techniques?” But I have huge respect when it comes to learning something new. So no matter how long it takes, it was worth it at least for me. August 2017 was actually when I really decided to dive into this art, if that’s how you say it.

Okay so I got into photography, I used the help of my friends as models, I learned the camera settings and everything, but to me, there still was something missing! I just didn’t know quite what it was yet. After a conversation I had with a close friend of mine, I torrented Lightroom CC (sorry but this girl ain’t got no money to spend on an editing program, I’m broke). Learning Lightroom was a big turning point for me, personally.

Once I learned how to make presets, enhancing the points where I find hidden beauties in and etc., it took my photography on another level. The way that I’m saying this just sounds as If I have it all figured out, however that really isn’t the case for me. I still struggle finding clients, since I really have to work with a tiny network, the people that I work with are usually my friends, which makes it even harder for me to find a midpoint when it comes to the payment. As much as I hate to admit, I really have to earn money from what I do in order for me get better at it, since photography is a seriously expensive area to be working in. It would be so nice if we had a platform where we could borrow lenses and etc., but as far as I know, there isn’t anything like that. Cutting right into the chase, turning a hobby into a business takes too much effort.

At the very beginning of it, I was fascinated by every single picture that I took which sounds pretty funny if you think about it, but the quality that I got from the DSLR was just blowing my mind. I remember myself trying to learn “how to do the background blurry” for like a good 40 minutes… It all takes time, trust me. So with that being said, this is the part where I give advice, I guess?

My advices for a beginner would probably be;

  • Don’t rush into it

    Like every great thing in life, learning photography takes time and effort as well. instead of giving up on every obstacle you face (such as me trying to get the background blurry lol), try finding new ways to do stuff. By the time you really start enjoying the work that you put up with, you will have found your style.

  • Never try to copy someone else’s work

    Everyone is different when it comes to art. How we see it, how we feel about it, what we do for it, and of course how we do it. My advice would be to never copy someone else’s work methods, it’s of course nice to get inspired by other artists and models, however watching the same steps won’t lead you to the same prize. Plagiarism has never been something appreciated.

  • You don’t need expensive equipment

    The question I get very often is what I use. I use Canon 750D with either 18-55 lens or a 50mm 1.4 to begin with. Since I do portraits more often, I usually use my 50mm 1.4 one. At the beginning, you don’t even need an expensive camera or a lens kit. My number one rule is to learn how to edit properly.

  • Never stick with photography as if it’s the only thing you’re going to do.

    The journey will bring much more requirements for you to keep up with. You’ll learn how to be a stylist, a makeup artist, a hairdresser and even a retouch-er if that’s what the person who freshens up the makeup is called. Starting from the very bottom like I did means you won’t be able to afford to hire an MUA and etc. so you better get used to the term of being the Jack of all trades!

  • Don’t overdo the editing part of anything, for real.

    It’s 2018 and we all have a mouth full of words to spill on the beauty standarts and we’re still out here trying to cover up the pimples, conceal the undereyes and even ”perfectening” the body, which sounds absolutely uncomfortable. Starting off, the power and the ability of adjusting everything may seem overwhelming, so please don’t be too excited trying to change and “beautify” everything. Let them be as they are.

  • Take every chance that you get.

    There is this new world that you’re getting into so take literally every single chance you get. Use your best friends as models, change locations as much as you can, try different looks on different people and never hesitate on doing something that feels right. Remember, no one came out of the womb taking pictures with 24-70mm lens on a golden hour.

Lots of love,


Zeynep Karali