So i've Just finished my exams, and i've been wanting to be a freelance photographer for nearly a year now, but now i've finally finished, i'm stuck, i would love to sell my images online or something, but i'm not sure what to do, can anyone help?
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first things first i guess you should know that nearly 95% of photography (or actually most businesses) fail in thier first year. That is not by any means to say you will fail cos hey im trying and if i can try so can you. but its a bit of a long road and you will have alot of stuff to figure out first.15 September 2012
a few notes...you should always be learning something. sites like this are great for critique while sites like creative live are great for online workshops where if you watch live you actually get the workshop for free. then there are other photographers blogs and resources web wide.
youre gunna want to not be shy about sales and marketing (remember i said that 95% of businesses fail in the first year...this is usually why).
youre going to need to learn about time management etc, customer service.
youll need to set a timeline perhaps of when you want certain things done by.
most importantly you will need to figure out what kind of photography you want to do and after that you can figure out what the best road to take is.
I could suggest while you figure this stuff out you go and work for someone else and this may give you some insight into how things work and what to expect even tho your own business will likely be remarkably different in some ways. even those walmart/pixifoto etc studios can teach you something about what works and what doesnt.
i hope this helps and let me know if you you want to know more.
also these guys tend to give great advice so take it on board :D
thanks guys :)21 June 2012
Get a real job, find a mentor and work with them until your ready. You will learn way faster and your wont be broke all the time, there is allot of competition in free lance photography so if you really want to succeed you must be one of the best.21 June 2012
Also underwater photographers make a killing.
There is allot of money to be made teaching courses.
Jordon -21 June 2012
I'd say the first step is to share your photos with those whose opinions you most respect and ask for honest feedback. Although photography is a very personal endeavor, making a business from it takes more than just enjoying taking photos. You also need to decide what area(s) of photography you have the most affinity for - those are where you have the most potential to succeed. You should definitely post more works here and pay attention to the feedback available.