What is the most difficult part about being a photographer?
I love photography. I also think that I’m pretty good at it☺️. I’ve heard, though, that being in freelance can be risky and it can be difficult to make it. I just want some info. #photography #art #photography
I think the answer to this question will depend on what skills you find challenging.
To be a successful photographer, one needs to be great at self-promotion, and frankly, that's one thing I personally abhor doing. You really should believe that your work is good and that you're worth each penny that you charge your clients. You should be marketing yourself as much as possible so that you can earn steady enough of an income to sustain yourself.
Secondly, I would say dealing with people is another skill that some people will have trouble with. Settings expectations and communication is something that you need to do with every job, but it's essential when working freelance. Also, if you work long enough, you will run into just terrible people that will make the job not-fun.
Lastly, also expect to do lots of repetitive work. Most well paid photography gigs are shooting headshots, weddings, and corporate gigs that may get non-inspiring when you do it over and over again. So be prepared for that and try to find joy in every job you do in some way.
I wish you the best of luck Shannon!
Always shoot in the highest format you can and if there's something different/special about your work people will notice. Never give up.
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I am an IT professional but Photography is my hobby and this also gets along with my profession as i get to travel (You don't have to spend your own money for photography this way :-)).
The tough things i find in photography are:
1> Cominh out from Auto mode and Start using Manual mode on your dslr.
2> Checking the clicked photographs with experiments and learning from it--Most Important.
3> Photography is 50% done with your clicks and rest 50% you have to do editing, so in parallel learning a software like Adobe Photoshop is required.
4> Selling your images. There are many sites like shutterstock, getty images, imagesbazaar.com, where you can sell your clicks, but before that check the portfolio of these companies, the photo galleries and see what sells.
However, if what you want to do is shoot everything, you could be a jack of all trades. You could shoot weddings to stay solvent, and finance other smaller projects that are closer to your heart, like travel or street photography. Defining your unique style as the others say will be key here as well, to make sure your work isn't all over the place just because your subject matter is diverse.
Another option is to go into fine art photography and network like crazy until you can get galleries to show your work. This is likely the least "tied-down" option, but also likely the least financially secure. It typically takes decades to break into the art world (unfortunately, if you're a woman it sometimes takes longer).
You could also be a staff photographer if you're into commercial work. However, you'll definitely reach a pay threshold, because corporations will see you as an expense and there's only job security for a few years before you either get bored, become a drain on the company, or they decide to outsource or automate. However, if financial security is what you need at first (maybe you want to pay off student loans quickly), it may be a decent place to start.
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What a great question! Photography is a beautiful world to be a part of! Making any kind of art, for that matter!
If this is something you love, then photography has the potential to be a great career path. If I had to say anything about getting started-- get comfortable shooting things you don't love to shoot. This has been my experience in the past when I was getting started out. When you are new to the world of photography and still becoming comfortable with your camera, don't say no to an opportunity to shoot! Do families, seniors, wedding, products, corporate, food... find what you love to shoot! This will build your portfolio and allow you to have images to show in lots of different fields. If you find out that you don't love working in that specific field, that's okay. It is important right now for you to be growing in the art form in general, building your understanding of the medium and figuring out what you like. This will lead to jobs and as time goes on, maybe even a more steady job in your dream area. Freelance is wrapped up in this. Unless you are employed full time by an agency, brand, musician, etc. then you will be shooting freelance. This is super common. Most of those people with the stable jobs didn't land them right away.
Develop relationships along the way and learn from those who do it best! Learn from photographers who paved the way and become an expert! Find your niche and build your portfolio. You got this!