Photography is a vast world. There
are many different types of photography and many different
kinds of people that enjoy it. It's a hobby that be
relatively inexpensive or one that you can invest a
lot of money on. Photos are so special because they
give us memories of times and places and events in our
lives. We can hold onto these memories forever with
As much as people love photos,
many people love taking them even more. Whether it's
a mother who takes photos at every of her children's
moments in life (first smile, first step, first spaghetti
meal) or maybe it's the father who never forgets his
camera for a football or basketball game, or maybe it's
the young girl who loves nature hikes with her camera;
these people are not exceptions. They all have an eye
for those special moments and they all appreciate the
camera's ability to capture that moment and freeze it
in time forever.
What is Freelance Photography?
What if you love photography
so much you wish you could do it for a living? I mean,
you actually get paid for your photographs! But you
work solely for yourself, selling each photo or series
of photos individually. You don't have a boss. You work
sometimes on assignment and you may sell to magazines.
That is freelance photography.
Freelance photography may be
your entire career or it may start out as something
you do in your spare time but begin making money from
it. It's just like freelance writing in this sense that
many people turn it into a career and enjoy the freedom
of working essentially for themselves on their own time
and making money doing something they love doing anyway.
How to Build a Portfolio
To start getting jobs as a freelance
photographer, you need a portfolio. A portfolio will
show samples of your work. Even if you have never had
photographs published or publicly displayed, you can
start a portfolio of your best work and then add onto
it if you win photography contests or start receiving
How to Get Jobs
As we mentioned, building a portfolio
is the first step in submitting your work for pay but
when it comes right down to it, it's the quality of
the photo that will determine if you get paid for it.
Some people have more of a natural talent for taking
great pictures than others but it is a skill that anyone
can learn. There are schools dedicated to the art of
photography and you can even get a degree in it. If
you are just getting started, you can look into classes
provided by your local community center or community
college. Some cities have photography groups that meet
to share photos and tips. There are also many groups
online dedicated to photography and freelance photography.
You need to view as many famous
photographs as possible. Take a look at what is getting
published and compare it to your own photos. This allows
you to compare and learn from other's work. It takes
more than just point and shoot to get a great photo.
You need to learn about focus, lighting, colors and
backgrounds and much more.
Once you start learning about
photography and creating a portfolio, you can start
submitting your photos to contests and magazines. Get
a list of photography markets and start submitting to
ones that accept your type of photos. Don't expect to
make it to the big times right away. Few people actually
achieve this but you can start small and eventually
make your way into a nice living from freelance photography.
Looking for information about
Photography? Go to: http://www.asaphotography.com
'ASA Photography' is published by Colin Hartness - An
excellent resource for Photography!