Discussion in 'The Aspiring Professionals Forum' started by Mchedgerphotography, Oct 24, 2017.
tirediron, thank you for your insight!
John (Tirediron) you ought to have a lot of nickels by now.
Mchedger I'd suggest you start learning how to shoot manual and Raw. I'd expect a professional anybody in whatever type work to be expert in using the proper equipment for a variety of situations. You probably need to get to the point that you don't have to spend a lot of time thinking about how to set the camera or how to adjust as you go, it should be almost automatic. Practice, practice, practice.
And learn about copyright, and look at Terms & Conditions on sites you're using. And learn about contracts and licensing etc. etc. - try ASMP or look up PPA. ASMP has done webinars (no cost, available to nonmembers) on marketing, etc.
American Society of Media Photographers - Homepage
I think what you're finding on Facebook and craigslist are the people who want something that's cheap or free, and you're in with all the people with cameras trying to 'work' free or cheap. Who works for free doing any other type work?? nobody, unless it's a charitable cause and you choose to donate your time and ability and the value of your work.
It'd be better to get to the point that you could charge within an appropriate range, and are prepared to do professional quality work and handle a variety of responsibilities related to photography and business.
Vintagesnaps, you’re right about that! I don’t want to sell myself short either
Shoot in RAW so you can make use of post processing.
If you don't know how to take control of the image then you are not ready to be taking paying clients.
LOL so true.
AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!!!!
First off.... you will not make it if you don't understand raw/jpg vs auto/manual....
Thats SUPER IMPORTANT.
Secondly, it's hard to give advice without more info such as quality of work and how much experience you have and what your natural talent is.
I'll happily explain either if you can give more info .... do you have a website or page you could link. We all give advice and don't judge... we all started somewhere x
I guess it's like being a successful hairdresser - you've got to network and socialise.
You have to have a niche and work from there. My bread and butter is sports. I have been the sideline photographer for a local high school for four years. Every year I do the The individual and team photos for the football team. boys and girls basketball teams, baseball and softball teams. From there I have made contacts to do senior portraits and graduation photos. I do the local volleyball leagues and little league. I do a few dozen weddings and quinceaneras a year. I specialize in lighting. I take a pants load of lights with on every shoot even in the daytime. There are a ton of wannabe photographers that only shoot in auto and charge cheap. My dog can shoot in full auto, what is the challenge there? I have clients that are willing to pay more for images that have my signature look. If your work is going to look like everyone else don't expect to make any money.
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