How to Become a Professional Photographer


Have you ever been interested in photography? I started to enjoy taking pictures a few years back and since then, it gives me a delight to take a beautiful shot that I'm proud of. Now I'm no professional but for some, being a professional photographer would be a dream come true.

So what exactly is a professional photographer? According to this guide from NCC Home Learning, a professional photographer is someone who makes more than 50% of their annual income from photography. This is a strong ambition to have considering there are many other photographers out there.

Find Your Niche


There are many different types of photographers too like wedding, wildlife and even food photographers so finding your niche is crucial. What do you enjoy taking pictures of the most? What are some of your best photos of? If you're great at taking photos of animals but horrible with still life, you can narrow things down a bit.


Can You Handle It?

A professional photographer has a different day everyday. It's not a typical 9-5 day job so there is no predictability. One day you might be photographing in New York and the next Australia. If you're the type of person who needs something predictable, it might not be for you.


What is the Pay Rate?

The beauty of being a professional photographer is that you will be setting your own rates. Normally professional photographers work for themselves so you will get to make your own price schedule. But it's best to do research about what other photographers in your area are charging so you can find a happy medium. You don't want to overcharge someone for something another photographer can do for half the price.


If you're interested in becoming a professional photographer, make sure to read the rest of the guide published here!

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