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Tips To Become A Professional Photographer

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021, 7:46 pm


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1.Invest In Photo Editing Software

If you can do your own photo editing, you can keep more of the money you make for yourself. Often times photographers send their work out to bed polished, but there are numerous software and online programs that are easy to use where you can remove red eye, smooth out blemishes, and more.




2.Manage Your Money

You may need to hire an accountant to manage your money, or you may be able to handle it yourself, depending on the size of your business. Managing your money is an important aspect to running a successful business. Whether you have overhead costs, equipment, employees, or refunds, it is important to be organized.



3.Set Your Rates

Your rate is what you will get paid. Do some research and see what competitors are offering and then drop you price to attract more people. Set a rate that works for you and stick with it, offering sales and specials at specific times to make yourself more appealing. Never outbid yourself for a job.





4.Set Your Hours

If you freelance you may work any hours you choose, when and if you want to work. If you set up a brick and mortar company, you should set some hours where people can contact you. Or you may have a work from home business, but only want to accept calls after a certain hour in the morning and not after a certain hour at night.



5.Get A Lawyer

Once you start making money you will probably need a lawyer to handle all your professional business. You will need business insurance and other paperwork, including contracts with clients, etc. A lawyer can make sure the verbiage is correct and cover you in case of any mishaps, conflicts or unexpected occurrences.





6.Advertise

Once you have a name, advertise. It's the best way to attract new clients. You can post ads online, purchase keywords, advertise on radio and television, buy a billboard, advertise in the newspaper, magazines and print out flyers. Anything you can do to bring awareness of your business to the masses, will increase your revenue.



7.Name Your Business

Come up with a name for your business and register it. A website is also a cool idea, where you can display your portfolio and credentials. It will be a place where people can learn more about you and contact you. A name is essential to getting more business. Rather than just saying you take pictures, brand yourself.




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8.Build A Portfolio

Build a portfolio. If you don't have clients yet, ask friends and family to pose for you. Take scenery shots, animals, buildings, and more. Put up an ad and offer to take shots for free in exchange for them letting you use their pictures in your portfolio. This is very important to your business, as potential clients will want to see your work.



9.Decide On Your Specialty

Choose your speciality. Do you want to do portraits, weddings, action shots, head shots, scenery, people, animals, etc.? You can do all of them, one of them, or combine a few, but know what you do best. It is also good to know what types of photos you are not good at taking. The most important thing is to take great pictures, not to be able to take all different kinds.



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10.Practice Taking Great Shots

Before going into business, practice taking shots. Try different angles, different settings and flashes. The more you practice the better eye you will have for capturing that magic shot for your clients. Lighting is very important. Practicing with how the light affects your shot will help you to take better pictures when it's time to go out on a job.



11.Use High Quality Film

In this age of digital photography, some photographers still prefer film. If so, make sure to choose the highest quality of film and set your camera to the highest definition available for your equipment. The quality of the print is everything in professional photography, and will set you apart from the rest.




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12.Know You Equipment

Not every photographer has to have the most elaborate camera, they just have to have a good one that they know how to use. Read up on which types of cameras take the best pictures, and find one that is not so high tech that you can't operate it. Before you take on a job, learn everything about it, inside and out.



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