It is not easy to become a professional photographer, and it is not just a matter of pressing the shutter to call him a photographer. If you want to become a professional photographer, you must first improve your abilities and make a good plan for your career. In short, this is not an easy task.
1. Find your profession
There are many different subjects in photography, including product photography, still life photography, landscape photography, portrait photography, street photography, etc. There are a lot of different subjects, and many subjects are not the same. , The equipment used is also very different.
Therefore, before we develop our professional path, we still have to determine our own direction and find the subject that we are best at, so that we don't want to shoot everything but can't shoot everything.
2, choose the right equipment
This is the most troublesome thing in the final analysis. There are too many accessories related to taking pictures. Simply put, there are lenses with various focal lengths, tripods, spare battery memory cards, and to a higher point, there are various lighting appliances. , There are cloud storage workstations and all kinds of messy accessories.
What exactly should I buy? Still buy from the most basic. First determine the subject you want to shoot, and choose a lens suitable for this subject according to your subject. Spare batteries and spare memory cards must be purchased in case of emergency. As for other advanced accessories, it’s not too late to buy after you practice the basic skills first and improve your ability to the point when you need these accessories, otherwise it will be useless to buy them.
3. Create your own Portfolio
Professional photographers will have their own Portfolio to show their work to outsiders. Through these works, they also express their skills and abilities to others, and at the same time give others a very professional feel.
4. Find suitable customers
When it comes to finding suitable customers, I would like to talk about some of the people in the so-called pick-up film. Although I never make money by taking pictures, I also think that it is understandable to make money by taking pictures of others, but promote myself. Accurate positioning is necessary in order to achieve a more effective promotion effect. However, some guest photographers advertise themselves by casting the net, and the advertisements are all over my head, and I can only have black lines on my face. . .
5. Have your own business model
Since you have already used photography to make money, you should use photography as your career. You can’t just chat on WeChat and do business just like playing a house. You want to make a good impression on others. You have to make yourself professional, a formal contract and a complete and detailed quotation can instantly improve your grade.
Moreover, there are contractual guarantees, which stipulate the ownership of the rights and obligations of both parties, and will avoid wrangling when problems arise in the future. Both public and private are necessary means to protect their own interests.
6. Improve your workflow
A good workflow can make us do more with less, especially to develop a good habit of work. After each shooting, we must quickly organize the photos and charge the battery, so that we can guarantee the next shooting. There will be no such embarrassing scenes that the memory card has no space or the battery is dead.
Furthermore, a good work process can speed up our work efficiency and develop the habit of finishing things on the same day. After all, if today’s things are not done, we still have to do it tomorrow, but tomorrow there will be tomorrow’s things, so we work The backlog is increasing, and the final consequence can only be to reduce the quality of work and make our work results worse and worse.
In the end, he smashed his own brand.