TIPS FOR BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER
Photography is a science and an art. You either have the talent or you don’t. But you can also learn photography. By going for top class equipment and attending workshops and doing some freelance work you can definitely make a mark for yourself in the photography industry.
If photography is your calling then you should jump into it without thinking too much. It is also a good idea to take opinions from experts about your amateur pictures. If they think you are good then you are good and you should wait no further.
These are certain tips which will help you become a successful freelance photographer:
ATTEND A PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
It is a good idea to attend a photography workshop to learn about the basics of taking pictures. Many workshops are available all across the internet and you can find what is convenient and then go for the course. Even if the course is expensive and time-consuming it is still worth it if you have a passion for taking pictures.
In the course of the workshop you will understand and imbibe the basics of professional photography and you will also begin to understand the technical language about photography like aperture, focus, and many such more concepts.
A workshop is also a fertile testing field where you can try your hands on taking pictures and understand how good you are and this will help you make an informed decision.
PURCHASE THE BEST EQUIPMENT
Once you learn all about the equipment which includes cameras, lenses, and flashes you are now educated and qualified about the equipment you need to buy.
You should go for the best DSLR cameras and go for them even if they are expensive. This is so because the camera goes a big way in the quality of the pictures you take.
Then comes the lens. Go for the best lenses and ones which are compatible with your camera. The lenses are the eyes of the camera and the better the lens the better the image quality.
Also, go for the best flashlights as they are also very important especially in creating portfolios.
Don’t spare money on the equipment. Get the best and you will definitely not regret it.
CREATE A GREAT AND ATTRACTIVE WEBSITE
Once you have all the equipment in place then you can create a photography website. You can post your pictures on the site and also advertise your website through different channels online.
A website is like a picture shop where you can showcase your work for the world to see.
Moreover, you can also put up your contact details in case any client is interested in awarding you a freelance assignment.
You can also sell pictures on your website and earn from it and from the feedback that you receive you can improve on your images.
You should also have a contact form page where you can get all the leads of the people interested in your work.
WordPress is one good place to start. Moreover, it is a good idea to go for a free site and then shift it to permanent once it becomes popular.
Work on creating a good website and surely people will notice.
BUILD A PORTFOLIO AND PICTURE COLLECTION
Once you have the training and the equipment and the website the next thing you need to do is to build a portfolio. You can do some free work for local models who need portfolios and also use those pictures on your website.
You need to have a strong portfolio for clients to notice. Thus it is critical that you focus on creating a good portfolio.
Your portfolio can include modeling pictures, nature pictures, and other subjects. It is a good idea to focus on one particular theme as that can become your USP and clients who are looking for those kinds of pictures will visit your site and offer you work.
SUBMIT PICTURES TO WEBSITES
There are many websites where you can submit pictures and be paid for it.
Some of these are:
All these and many more channels are available online to sell your photos and all of them have their own terms and conditions.
They can become your first clients and will also give you exposure through their sites.
It is definitely a good idea to start with online picture selling to these websites and you will also get feedback about your pictures. This will give you clarity on whether you should explore more avenues or not.
START A BLOG
It is also a very good idea to start a picture blog. This way you can share your pictures with the world and also engage your audience with some fantastic written content. You can also start a travelogue and if you love to travel and post all your pictures online.
This way as your blog becomes popular and is well received you will get exposure and then you can approach clients with your best and most liked and commented pictures.
Photography is not difficult, but taking great pictures is. Photography is an art like any other but it can also be developed and earned from. The secret is to beat it for some time and keep updated with the best photographers and pictures across the world-a task which is now possible.
By attending workshops regularly you learn and relearn and become an expert in picture taking. You can also work as an assistant to a successful photographer. Then you should go for the best equipment possible which includes the camera, lens, and flash. Also, you should keep up with technology and keep upgrading your equipment.
Finally, you need a website and a blog to show off your pictures and you can even sell them on websites which will be happy to pay if your pictures are good and qualitative.
So if you love taking pictures then turn your passion into your profession and learn and earn using photography.