Photography has gone through a big boom in recent years, and it is more popular than ever. The ones who were already neck deep in photography got to experience it from a whole new perspective, while those unfamiliar with it got to try something new. Some researchers even studied the use of filters on photography apps, to learn why we choose specific filters and how those photos rank among our followers.
Because of the boom, many people took up photography as a hobby. However, a number of them took it a step further, to a professional level. Unfortunately, not all succeeded in becoming the next big thing and monetising their hobbies. Maybe it was the lack of trying or making wrong steps.
Whatever it was that stood in the way of success, we are here to make it right and make sure you don’t do the same. In the following article, you will be provided with a few tips and secrets on how to start your career as a photographer. Take notes and maybe you will become the next big thing in the photography world.
1. Create a strong online presence
Having an account on a photo sharing platform is a must for any photographer. Whether it is Instagram, Flickr, 500px or Facebook, it doesn’t matter, as long as you build an amazing portfolio. Being out there is important in order to get noticed. Being known for anything is good marketing. This would definitely bring you more followers and potential endorsements or customers. Of course, you do not have to have an account on every social media network under the Sun. Choose two or three that suit you best, and use them to their full potential.
Furthermore, having your own website is very important. This would serve as your portfolio, a way to showcase your work. Having a physical portfolio is good, too, but let’s start with a website first.
2. Learn and improve
In order to become a good photographer, you need to master the basics. Once you do that, move on to the next level. Gradually, you should conquer them all and become a master photographer. However, knowing the theory will not be enough. You need to have enough practice, too. Whenever you learn something new, try it out in practice.
For example, play with perspectives, colours, or shadows. Additionally, you can undertake both landscape and portrait photography. It can be a lot for you, but in order to become great, you need to know all the ins and outs of the business.
3. Collaborate and engage
As you get more and more skilled, start getting involved with other photographers. Maybe you could collaborate with someone, make a shared project or an exhibition, or get involved with some organisations. They could help you build your portfolio, spread the word about you or anything similar. Also, do not forget to engage with your online audience. Respond to their comments, questions and critiques.
You can also engage with other professionals through social media. Or maybe, have your own blog on the website where you could share your experiences or tips. It is an easy and highly useful thing to do, as any successful blogger will tell you. The point is to get around and build a good network.
4. Equip yourself
When you first start dabbling in photography, you will want to go with a basic camera. Regardless of how simple it might seem compared to super high end models, it will take time for you to learn how to use it correctly. Even though it might be the worst camera ever, you should practice with it every day.
When you overcome it, you can buy a better one with all the cool accessories. You will get to know how interesting it is to play with different types of cameras, lenses and all that. Because the gear costs a lot of money, you need to be careful when choosing your tools and be certain that it is the right one for you. Do not overreach, be realistic about it.
More importantly, the main thing you need to have in mind is that it is not about the gear. Photography is about the person behind the camera. The camera is just a tool you use. It is one small part in an artist’s toolbox. You also have your imagination, creativity and eyes. When you combine them with a good quality camera, you will get that perfect photo.
Photography is a very fun and exciting hobby. It can be just a hobby, but it can be a career, as well. Nonetheless, remember that it takes time to master it, and that you should have fun while doing it because this is all that matters.