Get the right equipment
You can’t be a photographer without having the right equipment. And you must invest in the camera that will help you get the best shot for your subject matter. Nowadays there are tons of options for photographers to choose from. Probably your best bet in terms of picking a camera is a DSLR, which has great image capturing capabilities and is reasonably priced. If you’re very new to photography, renting is a great option to play with your options and see what suits your unique style before you invest in expensive equipment. There are tons of great and reasonably priced rental equipment companies, many of which will send the gear to your front door. This is important because you don’t want to put yourself in a financial hole before you’re ready to start earning.
Find what lights your creative fire
When starting photography is easiest to try to capture and shoot what you already love. Maybe you love your dog? Start by trying out taking portraits of man’s best friend. Do you love swimming in the ocean? Drive out to your local beach and start shooting the waves. Maybe you love music? Perhaps find a band playing, take your camera and see what motion and shots you can get from the performance. Whatever ends up floating your boat and lighting your fire will help you determine what type of photographer you will be. And at the beginning of your photography career, it’s important to have a niche so that you’re not trying to learn everything all at once.
Practice Practice Practice
You wouldn’t expect to become a ballerina overnight, it would take time and classes, and a lot of hard work. Photography will be no different. There’s nothing more important than devoting yourself to your new hobby and getting out there regularly to hone your skills. You want to first get to know your camera and its settings but after that get out there and shoot as often as you can!
If you feel like you need more guidance, find a weekend workshop that will help you learn light, compositions, and focus. This gives you the lessons you would normally learn from a degree in the field while also meeting the people that will help you learn and network within the field. Workshops are also great places to meet mentors, people who you can reach out to when faced with an issue in your new craft.
Don’t Rush It
Make sure you’ve done all you can on your own. Specifically, that you have found your style, your talent, and your skill before you go out there are trying to bag paying clients. A great way to do this is to ask your friends and family if you can shoot their portraits or events. It can give you more experience, while also helping to build your portfolio, something you’ll be asked for when you eventually do go out there and try to book jobs.
Make A Website
Having a website with all your photographs is helpful when trying to show people what you can do that is uniquely you. Making a website is easy and often very cheap, and it serves as a calling card when trying to drum up new business. Make sure your photographs are at the forefront of your website while also having a section about your and your experience. Having a contact me section can then help you find the people who are looking for your specific services.