If you are looking for a career opportunity that does not need a college degree but plenty of creative powers, being a pro photographer is your best option. A good and keen eye, good equipment and hard work are all that is required.
Here are a few tips on what it takes to become a top of the line prop photographer.
- Develop your photography skills – There is no specific way that you can launch your career. You are the final judge and jury. You can either opt for a college degree or diploma to sharpen your skill sets or absorb the techniques by going through photography books and journals and studying the work of the masters. Whichever way you choose to go, don’t pick up theoretical knowledge only. Try out every trick you learn real time on your camera. Only then can you know if you have mastered the techniques.
- Select a niche for yourself – Spare a moment to evaluate your area of interest. A lot of things hinges on this one aspect only. It may be wedding photography, portraits, landscapes or travel photography. This list is just an example and not exhaustive. By doing so, you’ll get more clients and business in the long run. People will know whom to contact for a specific requirement. Photographers who do not have a niche to work on leave potential clients clueless about their abilities. Further, the equipment you buy to start off will depend a lot upon this factor.
- Obtain equipment with care – Get one or two camera bodies only but go for a range of lenses. Hence, in future, when you want to change to more advanced base units, the lenses will still be useful to you. For specialising in portraits you’ll need additional lighting equipment to set up a home studio. Buy equipment in stages; do not get what you think you’ll need all at once. Slowly build up your gear on a “need to buy” basis. Finally, read all the manuals thoroughly. Knowing what one can get out of a camera is the hall mark of an above average pro photographer.
Once you have developed your technical skills, the next phase is to build up your business which is altogether a different cup of tea.
- Get expert help – As with any small businesses or start-ups, the initial stage is very crucial for you photography business. It is advisable to contact business consultants in Melbourne to chalk out a business plan. If you really want to start off in a big way, you might need additional funding to purchase high tech equipment or even set up a studio. You can be sure that the business angle will be taken care of comprehensively by the consultants, leaving you with enough time to focus exclusively on the art and science of photography.
- Build up a network – Cash in on every opportunity to spread word about your business. If you are into wedding photography, leave your calling card with people who matter – wedding planners, caterers, shops specialisation in wedding dresses and cakes and so on. If you are into travel photography, travel agents and holiday planners are the obvious sources of networking. The sky is the limit for devising new strategies to project yourself.
These are some of the ways that you can try out for being a truly in-demand professional photographer. Happy shooting!