How to Get a Photography Job

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For a person with a keen photographic eye, getting a job in photography can be considered as a dream come true. Working as a photographer includes meeting different people to take pictures and going to different places and events. It is also a job where artistic creativity and style can be highly expressed. Having adequate photographic skills and the right job hunting steps can help someone break into this exciting field.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital SLR with zoom lens
  • Tripod
  • Lens filters
  • Portable strobes
  • Photo portfolio
  • Gather your own equipment. Start with owning a digital SLR camera with a zoom lens. A tripod is necessary to take sharply focused pictures. Other handy accessories for photographers are lens filters, back up batteries and portable strobe lights.

  • Build your portfolio as most employers or clients will ask for samples of your work before hiring or using your service. You can make an online portfolio in popular photo sharing sites such as flickr.com. You can also create your own website for a more professional appeal featuring your own photo gallery.

  • Consider starting as a professional photographer's assistant by searching in "creative gigs" on craigslist.com. Wedding photographers are always looking for a weekend assistant or a "second shooter". This will give you experience in actual shooting jobs and you will learn vital skills working with a more established photographer.

  • Search online for other photography jobs. Aside from craigslist.com, there are other websites specifically aimed for freelance photographers. Sign-up for weekly photography job listings, near your location, that can be sent to your email for free at photographyjobs.com.

  • Sell your photos online to stock photography websites. Upload your collection of photographs to websites such as istock.com, shutterstock.com, or depositphotos.com. You can earn a commission, usually 20% to 80%, from the download price when someone uses your photos.

  • Check with local photo studios that take school portraits and other companies like Lifetouch. These companies usually employ seasonal workers to take pictures throughout the school year including winter, spring, summer and fall portraits. They usually provide the equipment and would require someone who has shooting skills and has his own transportation to go to different school locations.

  • Network with local newspapers, magazines and other publication. Present your portfolio to editors and leave your contact information. Some of these companies accept freelancers and stringers or back-up shooters in locations that cannot be covered by their regular staff photographers.

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  • Photo Credit photographer image by dave verch from Fotolia.com
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