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How to become a Photographer

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Overly attached to your camera? Want to turn your passion into your profession? Then becoming a photographer could be the perfect career move for you. Being a photographer involves taking a variety of different images, either for aesthetic or commercial purposes. Whether it’s putting your own spin on a subject or simply capturing the moment, photography is essential for many different companies ranging from print publications such as magazines and editorials, to online resources for use on various websites. Although the role of a photographer will vary, duties will usually include the following:
  • Using a range of cameras and lenses
  • Developing and editing your images
  • Liaising with clients to meet their needs
  • Networking
  • Visiting different locations
  • Using appropriate lighting equipment

The most important role of a photographer is to be passionate about what you’re doing*. Often it’s a job based on your creative flare, so don’t be afraid to make a statement with your photographic style. Photographers have to work under pressure and normally to a tight time scale, therefore it is essential to be well organised and efficient with your work. Other key skills include: *N.B. Posting 'selfies' on Instagram may not count
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • The ability to stay calm under pressure
  • A proactive attitude
  • Self-discipline, and the ability to market your own work

"I got into photography while studying at university, and at first I was simply pursuing my interests. Essentially, it was an outlet for my emotions. But now I’ve turned it into a career, starting off as a photographer’s assistant and, after learning the basics, I decided to start freelancing. Now I’m my own boss and really look forward to going to work every day."

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