So, you want to be a professional photographer… One great way you can start is by enter into the field of commercial photography. If this sounds interesting then read on, because here you’ll find some valuable tips.
To begin your career as a professional photographer you will have a few important pre-requisites to meet before you can hope to get some paid work. The first thing to understand is that professional photographers who work in commericial photography are allowed to develop a personal style, but this cannot overwhelm the needs of the client or the product. For instance, you may be someone who can really capture the beautiful lines of automobiles in your photographs, but your customer may need only a good image of a particular car and nothing truly “artistic” or stylistic. This means you may need to compromise your “art” in the face of your need for income.
The next thing to consider is the need for a good photography portfolio that can demonstrate your capabilities. You should not limit yourself to a single industry or area and should experiment with different approaches to prove you have skills and a unique vision. For instance, if you hope to work as a professional photographer in the commericial arena you may need to understand how to take effective macro photographs just as much as you might need to shoot clothing models too. This means you are going to have to do some work as if it were for profit, even if it is only to develop your portfolio.
The third thing to do is to study the kinds of commercial photographs you hope to do yourself. For example, you should study automobile magazines and advertisements if this is the area of photography where you hope to work. If you have more interest in food imagery, then you should study works in all kinds of magazines and websites and also make a point of practicing and developing your own looks.
One thing that many modern photographers will do is to create their physical portfolio and also some sort of website or blog where their work can be seen and even purchased. For instance, it is not unusual for a photographer who wants to focus on commercial food photography to create a blog dedicated to food and offering up the photographs they have taken of their latest creations or in a professional capacity.
Fundamentally, this all boils down to one single necessity – practice. You must practice your chosen area of commercial photography to develop strong skills and to create an impressive collection of work. This is really the only way to get the proverbial foot in the door with an agency or publication. While you may need to begin with unpaid work, such as your blog, if you develop your own style and promote it accordingly it will not be long before you get paid to do what you love.