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  • Becoming a Professional Photographer

    Anyone here have any idea how to go about becoming a professional photographer or how to start getting your pictures out there?

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    Re: Becoming a Professional Photographer

    depends on what kind of photography you want to do. If you want to be a portrait photographer, wedding photographer, sports photographer, journalistic photographer, etc. We have a few professional photographers here on MC.

    Start up a website with your work is the first thing I would do and then you need to start building a client base and figure out who your marketing towards.

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      Re: Becoming a Professional Photographer

      I'd like to just make a little side living off of casual photos I take out on the town and what not, if that's possible.

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        Re: Becoming a Professional Photographer

        Originally posted by draybook View Post
        I'd like to just make a little side living off of casual photos I take out on the town and what not, if that's possible.
        well, in that case, definitely build a website with your work on it. Tell your friends and family about it and have them spread word as well and hopefully things will take off from there for you.

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          Re: Becoming a Professional Photographer

          You can always start by getting a higher end digital SLR and start shooting. Learn your camera well. You'll start shooting your friend's wedding (while a guest) and it can lead to be hired at actual weddings too (though it's not as easy as you'd think).

          To be a good photographer... all you need is a camera. Even an iphone is good practice and produces really great shots.


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            Re: Becoming a Professional Photographer

            The website is a good idea..

            Also many magazines and newspapers take public submissions as they are always in need of general scenes or stock photos to accompany articles. Contact those to find out their submissions policy. Some require hardcopy prints but others will let you submit a digital image. Almost all of them will pay you for any photos they accept. Then start submitting your best photographs (and they need to be near perfect as far as exposure and composition is concerned).
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            • #7
              Re: Becoming a Professional Photographer

              Basically, you need to sell yourself any chance you may get.

              Put a business card on public bulletin boards.

              Put your work in photo contests.

              Get a small booth at the county fair.

              Get a small booth at one of the local arts and crafts markets (especially good if you do it in a touristy location, like near a state park and such) -- best of all, you don't even need to man the booth. Just pay your monthly fee and they do the selling for you (just like at an antique shop).

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