Trying to get more experience as a photographer can feel like a bit of a Catch-22 sometimes: you need to be given opportunities to get more experience, but you often need established experience to get those opportunities. So, what can you do? This helpful video essay features a professional photographer discussing five different ways you can get more experience.
Coming to you from Justin Mott, this great video essay will show you five different ways to get more experience as a photographer. No doubt, it can be frustrating when you are a newer photographer, and while it is a controversial thing, I generally agree with Mott that some free work (within reason) can be a good way to build up your portfolio a bit. If you decide to do this, though, be sure to take on a project that is low-pressure and that will not have major consequences if you miss shots. For example, you certainly should not jump into shooting a wedding without a lot of experience and confidence in your abilities, but something like a low-key portrait session with a friend or a family member is absolutely a great way to build your capabilities and portfolio. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Mott.