One photographer who successfully went from amateur to pro is Canon Ambassador Yasmin AlBatoul. Self-taught and based in Batna, Algeria, Yasmin has an instantly recognisable style, utilising movement and energy to set her shots apart. "What I find most interesting is the challenge of turning something normal, something we see everyday such as food, into something beautiful and artistic," she says.
Yasmin took up photography in her early teens, inspired by her grandfather's French interior design catalogues. "Some had more than 4000 pages, and I'd spend so much time going through them, wishing I could take those kinds of photos."
A few years later, Yasmin took to social media, using YouTube tutorials to get to grips with the manual controls of her Canon EOS 600D (now succeeded by the Canon EOS 850D). As her experience grew, so did her following, and before long she was a fully-fledged professional food photographer. Today she has a follower count on Instagram approaching 50,000 and plenty of professional commissions under her belt.
Yasmin is in a great position to reflect on her achievements and here she reveals the main lessons she has learnt on the road to success.