Some people may take photos with their cameras all the time, but not all of them can call themselves a “Photographer” since it takes another level of knowledge and skills in this area to be one, yet this idea might be on-point but just like any other hobby, to get you or them to call yourself a photography-enthusiast or a professional photographer, you can slowly learn things about it until you’ll get there. Another thing is that sure, you might already have learned the technical stuff in order to make quality photos, but there’s still more to approaching this creative craft than just learning, you also have to have the right mindset going in or, more than likely, your camera even how expensive or a latest one it is, there is no way it won’t be collecting dust in the corner for the following days that will come.
As you start approaching photography, you will find yourself never seeing things the same way as they are again. You will start examining things in a critical way such as suddenly becoming a learner of every piece that you will take, like hardly watching a film without analysing the cinematography and how its shot was set up. Just like any other media, you should draw inspirations from how those experts create and put together ideas in one creative piece.
You should get yourself ready on changing your lifestyle once you start chasing great images to put in a frame such as waking up early for a nice morning scenes, waiting for the perfect sunsets with unique lightings on the afternoons, and staying out late for stars in a pitch black skies, and city lights, will become a routine part of your life. But behind this, in photography, great pieces still come when you least expect it, that is why keep your equipment always with you is a great idea. Try to at least bring a convenient size of a camera and even a tripod since you might be able to take advantage of some of those unexpected moments to capture.
It is undeniable that this hobby is an expensive one, like particularly when prioritizing buying a gear, after purchasing your first camera such as SLR, you will automatically find yourself being committed to buying a different system of lenses and flashes that works only within the boundaries of your own choice of brand, after all, choosing a camera according to your comfort level is a must especially if you are just at the starting point of photography. You should put in to your mind that how many mega pixels it could capture or how expensive it is doesn’t matter since how the image would look like and how it will give you a feeling still depends on the photographer. You can start with what’s affordable and buy whatever you want or will suit to your liking and preference as you learn more.
Lastly is that get out of your bubble, there are more of people like you everywhere. Join a community and share your works. Feel free to explore and get to know what area or focus on photography do you like, such as what kind of images do you really want to produce.