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do you have any advice for someone who wants to become a professional photographer?

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David’s Answer

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Advice for someone who wants to become a professional photographer? I have several thoughts on this topic.

For someone to pursue this as a career, this has to be your passion. If you have not developed a passion for photography and the images you can create this is the wrong field to enter. I have been a shooter for 50 years and my excitement for the image is as strong today as the day I shot my first roll of film. I would say it is an obsession for me.

Get an education. It gives you a way to earn money as you build your business and it will open your eyes and brain to the world around you. Plus, learn how to operate a camera. The camera is a tool and like any tool you have to know how to use it correctly.

Become a student of photography. Look at the work of other photographers, especially the big hitters in this industry. Study their images and learn what makes their images timeless. I still read books on photography and will always be learning. In fact, every time I pick up my camera, I say I'm going to practice making images.

I could write a book to answer this question, but these are the most important that stick in my mind.

My enjoyment is seeing the image I create and knowing I have captured a moment in time that meant something to me.

Speaking about gear. To get started, I recommend an entry level DSLR or mirrorless camera. This will allow you to explore photography without a major cash investment. Eventually, as you improve and begin shooting for money, you will need to invest in high-end "pro" gear.

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Abhijit’s Answer

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Becoming a professional photographer ? It must be your passion first then comes creativity and others. Need to have basic knowledge of math and science behind the light and photography. It takes lots of patience and to chose the path of being a professional photographer. Hundreds of path exists on this line ex. sports photographer, food, event etc. Also one honest opinion, if you look for money at the beginning, it might not work ... need to wait and mean it to see something there.

I would recommend to attend some classes of your interest in photography, see relevant topics in YouTube. Become an assistant of a professional to understand and learn and then you apply your own thinking and creativity to go with. Good luck.
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