Overview of The Professional Photographer
The photography industry is booming. Whether you are new to photography, or are a seasoned professional, with the rise of technology and social media, now is the perfect time to begin or boost your career!
How to become a photographer
While anyone can take a photo using their smart phone, there is so much more to photography than one may think. There are countless ways to become a photographer, but to really get ahead, you need to re-learn how to take a photo. ‘Re-learn?’, I hear you ask – yes! To become the best you can be, you need to learn how to take a good photo, and to do that, you need to fully understand how to use your camera. You can do this by pulling out your manual, searching for YouTube clips, and just playing around with your camera. The next most important thing to know is how to set up a great photo. There is a lot of theory behind this, and again, several ways in which to go about it. You can take a professional photography course, do internet research, and again play around with it. Remember, practice makes perfect!
Photo Editing Is Key to Improving as a Photographer
There is a lot more to photography than just taking a great photo. You must be familiar with editing programs as well. There is a major difference between photographs that have been heavily edited and those that have no editing at all. That is not to say that one is better than the other, it is all to do with the skill of the photographer, but generally, even the best photos need a slight bit of editing to enhance the natural beauty within! Photographers also need to consider other skills such as web design, marketing and administration.
How to become a successful photographer
As we mentioned earlier, the photography business is booming, and this has a lot to do with the help of social media. Whether it be newborn photos, Instagram models or natural landscapes, everyone wants to share their photos with the world – which is great for you! The electronic word-of-mouth is a key element to any photographer’s success, and even better is when a visual element – your photo – is added to the recommendation. By sharing your work on social media, you are much more likely to be recognized for your work. Tip: show that you are versatile and ensure that a range of photography styles are showcased!
How much does a photographer earn?
As a freelance photographer, it can take some time to get your name out there and start making money. Once successful however, a freelance photographer can make upwards of $50,000 a year depending on their location, skills, photography style (wedding, landscape etc).
Browse specific areas within professional photography:
- Aerial & Drone Photographer
- Fashion Photographer
- Pet photographer
- Real Estate Photographer
- Wedding photographer
- Landscape Photographer
- Wildlife photographer
- Freelance photographer
- Action / sports photographer
- Event photographer
- Family photographer
- Baby/newborn photographer
- Food photographer
- Travel photographer
- Vehicle photographer
- 3D modellers