Photography for Pleasure and Profit
Photography can be a very rewarding business for the ardent photo clicker in you. If knowing the difference between a full stop and an f/stop means something to you, and you enjoy building a gallery of photos, photography could be your full-time business. So many exciting opportunities exist ranging between art and journalism. Whatever it is that interests you, there are always opportunities available for talent photographers.
Many photographers start their careers as mere fans of the art. They take pictures of the world around them, not for profit but for pleasure. However, for those looking to take this passion and turn it into profit, there are a number of opportunities available. Many photographers begin their professional careers as studio photographers, taking family portraits. You can either set-up a studio on the high-street, which can be expensive, or simply operate as a freelancer. Although the financial rewards of taking this route aren’t huge, it provides great experience of dealing with clients and advertising yourself.
Create Your Photography Business Presence
The first step you must take when setting yourself up as a freelancer is creating a portfolio of work and making it available on a public forum – such as the internet. When setting up your online portfolio, it is important to ensure it looks as professional as possible and reflects your best work. You should also use social media avenues to get your name out there. It may take a little time, but the rewards are more than worth it.
Selling Your Photographs
Many stock photo sites exist for you to publish your captured moments of people, animals or landscapes. Photos of majestic landscapes captured against an amazing setting like sunsets sell very well. Sites such as iStockPhoto and Shutterstock are good starts for this avenue.
Alternatively, you can submit your snaps to magazines and newspapers and see if they are interested in anything you have to offer. In the case of newspapers, pictures of a news worthy event are best, while magazines will want a shot that will be appealing to their target audience.
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