How To Become a Professional Photographer

In the not so distant past, the answer to the question, “How do I become a professional photographer” was a very complicated one. You see, becoming a great photographer not only required great skill, but it also necessitated quite a large budget. Purchasing a good camera, lenses, flashes, tripods etc, required a would be professional to make a huge investment in pursuing his or her craft as trade. That is simply not the case today. The costs involved in producing professional quality photography equipment has declined drastically.  Yesterday’s photographers would likely die to have equipment half as effective as some of today’s BOTTOM SHELF consumer merchandise.

Nikon D3100

This leads us to the question, “What Separates Professional Photographers from Gadget Junkies?” This is a much simpler question and can be answered in a word, experience. Experience is what separates amateurs, hobbyists, and gear snobs from professional photographers. This can cause quite the dilemma for photographers trying to cross the barrier and call themselves “pros”.  How can an inexperienced camera owner gain practice if it’s the lack of practice that’s holding them back in the first place?  Let’s face it, you aren’t gonna win a wedding contract with a portfolio filled with pictures of your dog/cat/mom/etc.  Many of us have resorted to doing portrait shoots free of charge under the condition that the photos taken can be used to boost the photographers portfolio.  This is simply not fair.  You paid for your camera, you spent hours reading tutorials online about aperture, exposure, ISO, white balance, focal length etc. You spent your valuable time before the shoot researching the setting, during the shoot taking pictures, and after the shoot post processing.   This is a business model that simply won’t last.

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6 thoughts on “How To Become a Professional Photographer

  1. Saying that becoming a professional photographer only requires experience is a bit of a simplified view, but overall I like the post. Also checked out the site and I think guys are really on to something. Gonna try candidtagging this weekend!

  2. Well written article, I agree that it’s key to work with the best people that your portfolio will allow. Collaborating with more than just your go to person is also a great way of getting used to the many different personality types you’ll find on a shoot.

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