While it’s true that famous photographers make a lot of money, you’ll have to really work your way to get to that level.
First of all, it’s important to learn how to get clients.
Second, it’s important to understand that photography isn’t as easy as it sounds.
What I’m trying to say is that this profession means long hours and not much of it about photo-sessions.
Besides the actual carrying bulky photography equipment and the shooting process, there’s also a lot of work with presentations, bookkeeping, spending hours in front of the monitor post-processing images, retouching and so forth.
If that doesn’t scare you and you really do have creative ambitions, then welcome to the interesting world of professional photography!
How to Start a Career in Photography?
First things first:
1) You need to buy a good entry-level or mid-level DSLR camera.
Which camera you choose depends on your skill level and how much money you can afford to invest in your gear.
Not to mention free resources on the Internet, like forums, websites and so forth.
To build a solid foundation, you need learn the basics of photography!
Get better with establishing and maintaining contacts.
Here’s the deal…
You’ll need to work on your ability to establish contacts.
You need to be able to encourage people to participate in a shooting process, remind them how and what they should do.
High communication skills are extremely necessary to succeed in your career as a photographer.
These skills will especially help when working with clients.
Because photography is a continuous communication process between the photographer and the client.
If your conversation with a prospect didn’t work out from the start, then your photo session will unlikely be successful. Sad but true.
What do I mean by that?
You see, the status of assistant photographer implies that you’ll be staying in the shadows.
If you try to attract too much attention by dressing up provocatively, showing your character etc, then it won’t have a positive effect on your career.
Be humble, show your desire and ability to learn, and then you will really be appreciated.
Starting a Career Without Any Formal Training
To become a professional photographer, one doesn’t need a degree. As it is a skill based profession, one that you can learn by yourself.
A diploma/degree or any kind of training will obviously help as you will be taught by experts but if you are willing to take the time and effort to do it by yourself, then there are a lot of resources available.
Internet itself is a big part of it, where you can get many resourceful websites to learn photography and that too for free.
Like I mentioned earlier, before you start working as a professional, it is very important to hone your skills.
Improving them while doing photography as a hobby and reaching the level where you have done a fair amount of work is important.
Expecting to earn as soon as you start working professionally is not the right mindset you should have.
In fact, you should work part time before switching to full time when you have a stable income. A regular job will ensure you have a stable income and will help you carry on when you are not earning through photography.
Instead, spend the time on building a client network and focus on spreading the word. This will help you to build the base required to have a better future ahead.