Entering the world of photography can be intimidating. Hearing all the jargon, gear and skills needed to be successful may discourage you from taking a leap toward shooting your own photos, but you will never get there unless you try.

To get some tips on what gear you need and how to go about becoming a professional photographer, we asked a professional. Tyler Tomasello’s home base is Winter Park, but he can be found shooting photos all over the world.

What gear do you need to start?

“Really all you need to become a photographer is a camera and a lens,” Tomasello said. “I think the most important thing you could ever need to be photographer is an adventurous spirit and passion for what you are shooting.”

“You could use an old film camera from the 70’s, or a top of line DSLR from today. You can never take a picture without a camera, so the best camera you could ever have is the one that’s with you in the moment. The beautiful thing about photography is that there is no right way or wrong way to share your vision.”

Finding Inspiration

“In 2012, I left the country for the first time, traveling to the Copper Canyons of Mexico to run the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon. On this trip, I met some of the most amazing, inspirational people from around the world and also found a little piece of myself that I didn’t know was there. After an injury that stalled my running career, I picked up a camera and went from being in front of a lens to being behind it. I saw it as an opportunity to share people’s stories that might not otherwise be heard and a place where I could make a difference no matter how big or small or lasting.”

Tomasello’s work can be found at tylertomasello.com or on Instagram @tytomasello.

More Advice

There are many tutorials online for basic camera skills and online classes offered through universities around the country. For the outdoor photography lovers, try Outdoor Photography Guide, a website offering tips and tricks for beginners and experienced photographers with advice from professionals.

Some great point-and-shoot cameras for beginners and intermediates include Sony RX100, Fujifilm X100F and Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II.

Challenge yourself: as you learn more about photography, try to imitate shots from professionals. Try to shoot the same landscape and match your photo to theirs. Colorado offers infinite opportunities for the aspiring photographer, so pick a challenge and get out there to capture the beauty this state has to offer.

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