professional photographers start somewhere

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by john royce, Oct 27, 2009.

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    john royce Guest

    Our young relative who has always been interested in photography has decided
    to soon leave the office job and try to make it in photography.

    We know its going to be difficult since so many people would like to do the
    same, but does anybody have an idea on the best way to get a professional
    'foot in the door' so to speak? For instance the best way to get freelance
    employment with magazines etc.
     
    john royce, Oct 27, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    Don't give up the day job. Go semi-pro. Local newspapers are closing
    faster than pubs and churches. Our local one went from 4 togs to 1 and
    most of the pictures they use are FREE ones sent in by the public.

    There are a LOT more wedding photographers and competition is fierce. It
    is hard work and low money. The move to digital has meant anyone with
    a computer can be a photographer in the past you needed a lot of
    equipment and skill and a dark room which kept numbers lower.
    They don't like paying much these days. If at all. There are now far
    more photographers than jobs and Joe Public sends in pics for free. With
    modern digital cameras on automatic almost anyone can take a "passable"
    photo for magazine use.

    For specialist stuff they have a (long) string of people they already
    use.

    So unless he wants to starve to death keep the day job and go semi-pro
    (like everyone else in this list :)
     
    Chris H, Oct 30, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    That is irrelevant. You also need good marketing and business skills.
    Good people skills, know your market, be quick to recognise operatives
    etc etc (and a camera)
     
    Chris H, Oct 30, 2009
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