What are the Things to Consider Before Taking Good Photographs


There are numerous ways a photographer does to prepare for a photoshoot. What are the Things to Consider Before Taking Good Photographs? Here are 5 things that I recommend you to do before a photoshoot.

What are the Things to Consider Before Taking Good Photographs?

Photoshoots require your readiness. Gears must be prepared beforehand. You may not want to go on a trip, see a beautiful scene, go to your bag, and forget to pack your camera. Most opportunities are missed because of being unprepared. What must you prepare? Here are different gears you must prepare:


DSLR, Mirrorless, or smartphones. Either of these ones must be present in order to have a successful photoshoot. Besides, how can one be a photographer without a camera? It does not matter if an aspiring photographer still hasn’t owned a camera. Smartphones can fill in the gap of aspiring photographers that will fit their budget. The best photos do not depend on the gears used, but on the photographers capturing the shots.


Wide lens, prime lens, telephoto lens, macro lens, or clip lens for your smartphone. It is wise to prepare the necessary lenses for the scenes that you want to take. Landscape photography may need a wider lens rather than one that is zoomed in. Portrait sessions may need a prime lens with a lower f/stop (aperture 1.4-2.5) which will help you enhance the blurriness of the background. Wildlife photographers might need telephoto lenses which will help them capture nature and its beauty from afar.

Whereas detailed shots require a macro lens that will enhance the quality of products that are being photographed. Modern smartphones are having higher quality cameras in their system. The built-in lenses are specifically designed to help photographers capture the best shots without the help of removable lenses. Keeping this in mind, clip lenses may help smartphones to capture macro photography, wide angles, and telephoto shots. You just have to choose the right kind of lenses for the specific shots you want to take.


Making sure that the power of your gears (e.g., camera, flash, etc.) is the second-most important thing every photographer must invest in and prepared for. Imagine this scene: as you carry on with your career in photography, you will get better shots. Eventually, you will get clients to invest in your talent. What if a client asks for a photoshoot of weddings and other occasions that will take hours to shoot? Will you accept their request and capture the moments of their special day? Or will you stop and charge your only battery for the day? Think about that scenario.

Memory Card

Photos, though small in size, can amass greater space in your storage. SD cards, either 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, [8GB, 16GB, 32 GB, 64gb] (Recommended storage), 128GB, are also prone to storage full if one does not regularly backup files and clean storage ASAP. Every photoshoot may consist of 200-500 photos. Each photo, if captured in RAW Files, is amounting to 20MB. If we do the math, 200x20mb=4000MB (4GB), 500x20mb=10000MB (10GB). This gives us information on how many shots we must get once storage is full. This knowledge separates pro photographers from amateur photographers. “Always think about your memory. (Anonymous, 2021)”

Minimalism is the key

Having lots of useful gears may give you satisfaction through your photography career, but remember this phrase, “ONLY BRING WHAT IS NECESSARY.” This idea does not limit our possibilities while doing photography. Why? Maybe you’ll need to pack only one lens on a camera, one battery pack, and a 4gb SD card. Whereas some situations may require you to prepare several lenses on 2 or more cameras, 5 or more battery packs, and some additional gears (reflectors, lightings, backdrops, chairs, props, etc.) Different situations call for different preparations. Just remember, DO NOT BRING WHAT IS NOT NEEDED.

Gather enough power for the day

If a short photoshoot will be done, one battery pack might suffice the duration of the shoot. But if you are covering a wedding, your one battery pack may last you until the middle of the make-up session. You may need several batteries in order to last the whole occasion. Investing in proper battery packs for your camera or power banks for your smartphone can be a big game-changer for your photography.

Use your memory wisely

As stated earlier, SD Cards, no matter the size, can still be subject to insufficient memory. This can be prevented if photographers:

  1. Choose the shots properly;
  2. Not take unnecessary shots;
  3. Plan the necessary shots; and
  4. Backup and clean files regularly.
  5. Research about your model

Angles and scenes are best matched if models or subjects blend or stand-out from the background or environment. Making them wear a bright yellow shirt on a sunny afternoon may not be the best option if they are dark-skinned. Research about the favorite hobbies of your subject. Incorporate that hobby in your shots. If you get more creative, you’ll end up having a story within a photo. Do this and you’ll make the best photographer that you can be.

These are just suggestions that might help you improve and become better photographers. Tweak these suggestions if you may find them adjustable to your preferences, and be the best version of yourself in every shot you take.

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