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Tips to help you become a Professional Photographer

Despite the fact that many of us harbor dreams of entering certain industries once we leave college or university, the vast majority of men and women end up taking a job that does little more than pay the bills. Such positions might offer a decent wage if we’re lucky, or perhaps a pleasant working environment, but they are never likely to fulfill our dreams or aspirations.

One of the most exciting fields to work in surely has to be photography, but trying to get a start in this sector has become increasingly difficult in recent years. Whether you’re looking to work in fashion, fine arts or perhaps in marketing, you may find every door is closed when you start applying for jobs. Here are four ways to get them to start opening.

Build up a good portfolio of work

Whichever branch of photography you are interested in, the chances are you will only be judged by your body of work. For this reason, you should be looking to provide a portfolio that’s large enough to impress. Every good example of your previous projects should be included, because you never know which images will appeal to specific individuals.

Make sure your CV stands out from the rest

If you are not in possession of a photography degree or an equivalent professional qualification, the simple message is: You need to get one. You can study at home for academic success nowadays, and as long as you are able to fit your studies around your existing commitments you should be able to achieve the passes that you need.

A photo opportunity arises every second

For those who have a genuine interest in becoming a top quality photographer, it’s worth remembering that a photo opportunity can occur at any moment. Even during the most mundane of tasks a wonderful potential image can occur, so you must make sure you have a camera with you at all times. You never know when your magic moment will come along.

Don’t let discouragement get to you

Whenever you apply for a job in photography, irrespective of which industry sector it’s located in, you will almost certainly face stiff competition from a large number of other applicants. It’s important that you don’t become disillusioned by negative responses, so make sure you remain as enthusiastic as possible until you finally achieve success.

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Elal of The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography
Elal is a traveler, student of life and photography enthusiast who wants to experience and capture what is raved and not raved about. For more about her travels, subscribe here, email at, or visit her portfolio.


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