If you are a keen photographer and you want to try and make some money out of it, there are actually many ways that you can go about it. Regardless of whether or not you have made any money with it in the past, it is something you can turn your hand to at any time, and in doing so you should discover that you can make it a career surprisingly easily and fast. That is not to say that just anyone can do it or that it won’t take hard work of course. You will absolutely need to put a lot of effort in, and you’re going to require a certain talent, which you might well have to develop for a long time first. But as long as you are happy with that, there is no reason not to be able to make your photography a career. Let’s look at some of the steps you might wish to take to further such a career much more easily.
Upgrade Your Equipment
The issue of equipment is something of a sticking point in the photography industry. Many people feel that it doesn’t really matter too much, while other people will argue that the quality of the equipment determines the quality of the photographs being produced. It is important, nonetheless, to make sure that you have some decent equipment which at least you are happy with and you enjoy using. Of course, you can take bad photos with good equipment and good photos with bad equipment, and the main thing is the photo, not the camera. But having good equipment will help, and particularly it will give you the chance to develop your abilities as you practice with different cameras and so on. So don’t be afraid to spend a little money on upgrading your equipment now and then, trading in where necessary - but don’t feel that it is absolutely necessary in order to improve as a photographer, or even to make it your career.
You should aim to start selling your photographs as early as you can, if only so that you can get the experience of doing so and start to learn the business side of things. As with any kind of freelancing artist, you are going to need to start to think of yourself as a one-person business, and that means that you need to get used to selling yourself and your work to different people and through different platforms. There are a number of easy ways to start selling photographs, and one particularly popular route at the moment is to use free photo sharing platforms in order to get your work out there for some kind of remuneration. That is a good way to start for a lot of people, with the awareness that you might want to move on to other means of selling your work later on in your career. As long as you start selling, however, you will find that you are moving in the right direction, which is what matters.
Meet Other Photographers
Something that will absolutely always help you is if you make a point of meeting other photographers along the way too. Talking with other people who are doing what you are doing well means that you can get to grips with what to expect much more easily, as they will be able to help you out with so much more than merely researching on your own. So make sure that you start to network and hang out with other photographers, so that you can share tips and experience and so on in a way which benefits all. Having some kind of a community around you will be really useful when you are struggling with what to do and where to go next, and you will be glad to have those friends around at those times. This is one of the most important things that you can consider, so make sure that you do.
The great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once said that your first 10,000 photographs will be your worst. With that in mind, it is important to make sure that you allow yourself a good deal of patience when you are practising your photography skills. You are going to need some time in order to get better, and all you really need to do is make sure that you allow yourself that time. It will happen, and you will further your career, so long as you are patient.