Due to advances in technology, people have easy access to a good quality camera in their smartphones itself. Add to that the option of being able to edit your photos using mobile and desktop applications. So, many people have turned photographers (they call themselves so!). When so much is possible with just your smartphone, why should you hire a professional photographer? Will it make any difference? If you have noticed, they charge a lot too. So, why are professional photographers so expensive? Are they worth it? Let us find out.
For a minute, compare photography to any job – plumbing, mechanical repair, etc… Just because you have all the necessary tools, will you call yourself a plumber or a mechanic? You will still need professional help, right? The same goes for photography. You are not paying the photographer only for the photos they click. It is for the skills they have acquired over time – be it in capturing or editing. Every factor such as the angle, lighting, the focus has been studied by a professional. The quality of pictures clicked by a professional speaks volumes about their work.
Apart from the things we are generally aware of, there are technical aspects too. As an amateur, you may not have much knowledge about shutter speed or aperture size. But a professional will know how these factors will affect your photo. They will use proper gear. Most importantly, they know how to make the most of the gear they own. Anybody who owns a camera cannot become a photographer. It takes time to gain experience. You should be able to picture the location/shot/pose in your mind. It takes great skills to execute what you have imagined. Or to even judge if what you have imagined will turn out to be a good picture!