Working as a Photographer

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sanya s. sanya s. Post 46 of 59
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im 10 {im young i know} but i dont know were i can start being a photogrgher.........
ive always liked photogrghy but for a summer job i bet noone will hire me as a helper or assitant what shall i do???
Deleted user Deleted user Post 47 of 59
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Most comments here contribute valid points. Here's my summary:

Photography is a vast subject where there are many specialisms. Don't stress about what yours is for now but try all and don't keep repeating what you find easy. Sometimes what you find hard and challenging can reveal stuff you never thought before. Take risks. Always ask why and how.

What do you like, who's work do you admire, ask why? go and see their shows/exhibitions. Read journals, books, mags and watch films. But balance knowledge and enquiry with practice and observation. Do not compromise a photo opportunity with inconvenience to your comfort zone.

Know your camera but don't get too precious with it. To start with take it everywhere you go. It's always good to edit your thinking and review but sometimes don't think and edit. Your instinct can be your best asset. Basically be organic.

In todays world especially it is always good to be technically well versed and have the business savvy to put yourself out there (marketing). But first you need something to market - work with substance and you get this with knowledge, experience and vision. This will come in time and you can't rush experience/time:)

Technique is nothing without vision.

Learn your craft but also learn to see.
(You can look but you don't always see).

Hope this helps a little:)
sanya s. sanya s. Post 48 of 59
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im only ten -i might be the youngest here- but i started out taking pictures of my friends and i my mom as practice and now my mom is going to find me a small summer job as a assistent like on photo shootds with some pros and taking pictures of her friends and that stuff but i think u shoud start as a assitent on shoots and stuff
ernestlsmith ernestlsmith Post 49 of 59
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Read read read and shoot as much as you can.You can make it i did
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Surinder Singh Surinder Singh Post 50 of 59
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If you are seriously interested in creative photography then you must have an eye of Artist first. Then build your portfolio and create your own website to market as I did...
http://www.SinghStyleStudio.com
photohood photohood Post 51 of 59
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Maturity is still very, very important. So don't be impatient if you are planning a career as a photograph.
abross abross Post 52 of 59
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Unfortunately, it would not be that easy to start with a photography business most especially if you do not have the proper contact people to help you land more jobs relating to it.

From being able to go with the right stuff, you just have to go with what you know is best. Try working for a firm for the mean time until you are able to build a good client list you can already deal with freelance.
Reklamefotograf alightfotografi Reklamefotograf alightfotografi Post 53 of 59
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I work as assistant for 2 years!! Learned SO much
xxx xxx Post 54 of 59
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To creat a good looking portfolio consider these things first:
Audience 
style And design
Theme
Presentation
Contents
There are a lot of portfolio template to create a nice one such as Minimal Fashion Photography Portfolio,Multipurpose Photography Portfolio,Square Portfolio, Sylk | Photography Portfolio Template
xxx xxx Post 55 of 59
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I agree. Work for an established photographer. I did...for free ! Read all you can, watch everything and shoot at everything. You will gradually get better and better.
ytfge ytfge Post 56 of 59
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Working as a Photographer is a meaningful thing.
Sonja Grünbauer Sonja Grünbauer   Post 57 of 59
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if you have no experience at all is to get a diploma in photography first then decide in which alley/genre you want to go. Mine was industrial and aviation photography...many years ago.
good luck
james.petterson james.petterson Post 58 of 59
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In my opinion, be dedicated as a professional would require firstly very good skills, then some certification (normally because that give some security to the recruiters) a good list of photo examples (better if you have per themes), and the last one (pretty important from my point of view) experiences and contacts
Ruud van der Lubben Ruud van der Lubben   Post 59 of 59
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