Becoming a photographer requires a great deal of work because the profession is so competitive. Check out these tips to help guide you through the process of becoming a photographer:
You should study any profession you go into, and that includes photography. Consider applying at a top photography school (Brooks Institute- Santa Barbara, Academy Of Art University- San Francisco, School Of Visual Arts- NYC, Illinois Institute Of Art- Chicago). If you have a limited budget for tuition look into taking classes at a community college or adult school.
Invest in the best equipment you can buy. This includes lenses, filters, a tripod, and editing software (Adobe Photoshop). Digital cameras are best for beginners because they are fairly simple to use and they allow you to explore many different editing options.
It is also a good idea to intern at a photography studio or become a photographer’s assistant. This is a great way to get experience and build contacts while you are starting out in the profession.
Build a great portfolio that showcases your talent. To build up your portfolio, offer your services for family and friends pro bono. Take pictures for weddings, birthday parties, graduations, and family portraits. This will also help you hone your own style, which is exactly what you want to portray in your portfolio.
Over half of working photographers are freelance artists. That is why it is extremely important to market yourself. Build a sharp-looking website that features your work (make a Facebook page too). Print business cards that direct people to your website/Faceboook page. Put advertisements in local/school newspapers. Let people see your work so you can get some work!