Ten Basic Tips To Help You Grow as a Photographer

In this short conclusion to his instructional DVD, Norwegian photographer Erik Almas gives 10 basic “steps” to becoming a photographer that caught our eye. It’s not that they’re groundbreaking; in fact, you’ve probably heard most of these at least once before.

But put all together, and following on the heels of the humorous Onion article on pursuing your dreams, they make for a great set of inspirational steps to follow if you’re trying to go from hobbyist to professional.

Some of our favorite steps include: defining yourself and what you’re drawn to visually, seeking a mentor, making rather than taking pictures, setting goals and pursuing them with tenacity, and never giving up on your dream of becoming a photographer.


You can see them all by watching the video above, but as you can tell, they’re not so much a set of rules to follow, or specific business-savvy moves to make, as they are a “back to basics” list of fundamental tips on growing as a photographer.

A great website and witty marketing tactics will help, but defining your style, finding a mentor, and setting goals are just as important. And, of course, it’s worth re-stating the all-important step 10: “Don’t give up on your dream of becoming a photographer. It will take longer to get there than you think.”

(via PictureCorrect)

  • Dominik Muench

    thanks for sharing, this guy does amazing work.

  • ironyismyfirstname

    and who is that guy?
    would take advices from someone i know has skills…

  • Will Fox

    $1,000 says he is a better photographer than you. Sit down, shut up and learn.

  • G

    Why don’t you check out his work and have a look at the clients he’s been working with? Or did you just come here to whine and didn’t even bother to read the text or click through on any of the links? Face it, most pros with impressive work, working for top clients wont be household names.

  • julian

    If you haven’t heard of him you still have a lot to learn.

  • polkm123

    Damn, too bad they didn’t put a link in the article so you check out his work…Oh wait they did, duh.

  • Eziz

    I’ve never heard of this guy, but I checked his work and it’s awe-fucking-inspiring.

  • petra819

    til I looked at the check which said $4451, I accept …that…my friends brother had been really erning money part time from their laptop.. there neighbour has done this for under thirteen months and recently paid the dept on there apartment and got a gorgeous audi. this is where I went, jump15.comCHECK IT OUT