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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Freelance Photography

Freelance Photography
 
If you own a camera and can take some reasonably good pictures, you definitely can make money as a freelance photographer. Simple equipment should produce pictures good enough to sell, but of course, if you own special accessories, use them!
 
The market for pictures is tremendous. It has been estimated that magazines and newspapers buy over 60 millions photos a year. Many freelancers make a good income selling their pictures to specialized markets, little known by the majority of people.
 
In outdoor photography for example, a lot depends on seeing a picture rather than on setting one up. Still, if you can't translate what you see onto film with good technical and compositional skills, your audience may not think that you see very much at all. So how do you get to the point where what you see is what you get on film? By exposing an awful lot of film and learning along the way.
 
Assuming that you already know something about operating a camera and taking pictures, the posts that follow are intended to help you find a market for your pictures. If you feel that your photography skills need improving, there’s a great course that’s not based on equipment, but instead shows you how to do it with a point and shoot digital camera. It’s a great course on compositional skills or technique, check out this link to learn more: CLICK HERE

Understanding the Industry
Photographers use their cameras and film to portray people, places, and events much as a writer uses words. Those who are skillful can capture the personality of individuals, animals or the mood of scenes on film. Photographers usually specialize in a particular type of photography, such as outdoor landscapes, wildlife, portrait, scientific, medical, engineering photography, etc.
 
Although their subject matter varies widely, many photographers use the same basic equipment. The most important tool being the camera. The professionals' cameras are generally constructed to use a variety of lenses designed for close-up, medium-range, or long-distance photography, along with the use of tripods and other equipment to aid in their shots. Besides cameras, tripods and lenses, photographers also use a variety of colored filters to obtain the desired effect under different lighting conditions.
 
In addition to the skilled use of cameras and accessories, photographers must be able to compose their pictures with creativity and style. Some even develop and print their own photographs, in order to enlarge or otherwise alter the basic image.
 
Whatever there educational background, photographers must have good eyesight and color vision, artistic ability, and manual dexterity. They should be patient, accurate, and enjoy working with detail. Some have basic knowledge of mathematics which is helpful for the use of various lenses and light sources, not to mention computers. With digital technologies growing, computer knowledge is the wave of the future.
 
Salaried jobs for photographers are found for the most part in photographic or commercial studios. Other major employers include newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, radio and television broadcasters, motion picture companies and government agencies. Nearly half of all photographers and camera operators are self-employed, a much higher proportion than the average for all occupations. The majority of these are freelance photographers who do individual projects on a one-time-only or occasional basis for ad agencies or various publications. This is where you come in, when it comes to photography freelancing is wide open!
 
5 Steps to Success
  1. Find a niche market that you’re enthusiastic about.
  2. Research a subject of interest not being covered or not being covered thoroughly enough.
  3. Photograph the subject matter.
  4. Prepare and submit photos to agencies.
  5. Develop a portfolio for marketing.

To your success,
 
---Greg



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