There’s no wonder why so many people love photography and count it among their favorite hobbies. It gives them complete creative control over their images and helps them get in touch with their artistic side. It’s also a great excuse to get out of the house more often! But for some people, being an amateur isn’t enough. They love the craft so much that they want to push themselves to become a professional and make some cash from their images. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to just be a dream for most people – it’s never been so easy to switch from amateur to professional in the world of photography. Here are the all-important steps to make the switch as smoothly as possible.
Hone Your Craft
First of all, you need to make sure that your photographs are really up to scratch. If they aren’t good enough, then there is no way that they will sell. So, you need to make sure that you have a good quality DSLR camera that takes top pictures. It’s also worth investing in a professional editing software so that you can improve your pictures in post-production. Now you need to get practicing as much as possible!
Build Up A Portfolio
You will need a portfolio of images to send to potential clients. This is a way of showing off your work and image skills. Ideally, your portfolio should be made up of your best work and show a range of different skills, such as still life and portraits.
Set Up Social Media
Once you’ve got a portfolio ready to send out, you need to let everyone know that you are now in the photography business! The quickest way of getting word out is via social media. Instagram is the best platform for advertising your images. Just remember that you will need to add a watermark to your photos so that no one steals them!
Sell On Different Platforms
Now that you have built up a bit of a reputation for your photography, you can start looking at different market platforms on which to sell your images. There are sites that specialize in stock photography, and invite photographers to upload their photos which can then be sold as stock photos. You might also like the idea of setting up your own online shop or using the likes of Etsy.
Pitch To Online And Print Publications
The next step on the road to becoming a professional photographer is to start pitching your photos to online and print publications. Lots of newspapers and magazines invite submissions from freelance photographers. You can send a speculative submission or, even better, answer a call for submissions. Bear in mind that you will have a lot more chance of being published if you submit a photo essay rather than just individual images.
As you can see, making it big in the world of photography isn’t that difficult. A lot of hard work and dedication will certainly pay off, though, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work!