Is Professional Photography the Right Career for You?

Did you know that the average salary for a photographer is $30,000 to $35,000? Nobody should become a photographer for the money. There should be a passion within you to express yourself through moments captured in time. It is possible to make $100,000 a year as a photographer in your area or much more if you’re shooting the top jobs around the world. If you want to make the big money, you need to devote your life to photography. When you’re not getting paid for it, you should be out experimenting on your own. Study every picture you see. Figure out how the image was lit, how many lights were used, was a diffuser involved? Study the ads in magazines on TV and on billboards. I continue to do these things every day. I actually buy magazines sometimes just for the ads. Since I shoot commercial properties in Las Vegas, I also pick up the free home magazines. Also visit photography supply stores like Adorama or B&H Photo to learn about all of the equipment available.

The shortest route to becoming a photographer is by being an assistant to a professional photographer who works in the particular field you’re interested in. Ask every question you can think of and don’t concern yourself with how much the photographer is paying you. Don’t even consider it a job. It’s an invaluable learning experience.

The knowledge is so valuable that I would have paid more experienced photographers for the opportunity to help them. Good thing they didn’t know that. I worked for free or for very little pay, long after my own career was off the ground. I knew that the knowledge gained would make me money for the rest of my life. I personally didn’t learn much about taking pictures from my mentors because I was already pretty advanced but I did learn a lot about the business… How much to charge, which labs to use, how to present myself, which promotions work and which don’t.

Do you need a lot of money to start a photography business?

Well unfortunately yes you do. The equipment today is very expensive and you need a powerful computer to run photoshop and manage all of you image files. With that said… I started getting paid as a photographer when I had one prosumer camera and one 24-70 lens. Obviously if you’re starting in a similar situation, the types of photography you can offer are limited. If you’re working as an assistant you’ll quickly discover which lenses work best for you and what type of lighting equipment you’re going to need.

Starting A Photography Business – 5 Important Tips To Keep In Mind

If you have passion and skill in photography, you can actually make this skill a profitable one. Of course, not everyone are good in taking pictures, thus if you are good at it, this can be a great way to get make money from something that you love doing.

Starting a photography business may not be difficult especially if you have that great skill of taking awesome pictures but you also need a few things to consider. Of course, a business is a business, and it always needs investments, time and effort.

If you want to venture into starting a photography business, here are a few tips and ideas that may help you have a good start.

1. Find your focus or specialization in photography. Although you would most probably know how to take any pictures you want, it is important that you also focus on something that you do best. Say, if you are skilled in wedding photography, which is also a lucrative business, then you can venture into this area. If you are skilled in family portraits or baby portraits, then you can make this your work’s main focus.

2. Set your own personal style. Your signature work will often help you promote your business as this will help you beat competition. If you are known in your personal style, you will surely be able to market your business on top as it will give you a distinguishing style above other photographers.

3. Plan your marketing strategy. Just like any other businesses, you also have to plan carefully your marketing strategy. This allows you to reach out to your target market or those people who need your services. Of course, in this age of technology, you can actually have a lot of ways to market and promote your business for free. As mentioned previously, having a signature style in your photography can make your marketing easy as you will be giving special services that may not be offered by other photographers.

4. Make sure you are fully equipped. You may already have your own camera and other accessories for taking pictures but if you want to go into business, you may want to make sure that you are indeed fully equipped to go into business. Although you don’t need to be complete when you are just starting up, but get the basic equipment at least. You may also need assistants or you may need assistant photographers with you or you may also need assistants to help you with other matters of the business. Lighting equipment may also be needed as well.

5. Advertise. The internet is one powerful tool that you can show your portfolio, and impress your target market. Of course, you can have a wide reach when you advertise online and although the photography business often caters only to clients locally or those that are just within your area, you can however sell your photos worldwide, which is another way to make money with photography. Starting a photography business can even start on the internet as well.