tak­ing the plu nge as a pro

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You’ve got to get up early to cap­ture clas­sic sun­rises. I of­ten wake up and drive to my lo­ca­tion at 4am. I’ll be back at the stu­dio and edit­ing shots by 8:30am. Fol­low trends You’ve got to bal­ance shoot­ing what you love with shoot­ing what’s pop­u­lar. Keep an eye on mag­a­zines, web­sites and com­peti­tors to see what’s on trend in your specialist area. Learn to key­word When you upload im­ages to an on­line port­fo­lio or a stock web­site, clearly la­bel them with key­words, in­clud­ing the lo­ca­tion and the cam­era and lens you used. Don’t give up I have heard state­ments like “That’s not a real job” and “You can’t make money from pho­tog­ra­phy any more” so many times I now switch off when con­ver­sa­tions head that way. I now work longer hours I love ev­ery minute. Join forces As well as sell­ing my land­scape im­ages I’m also part of a com­pany called Sim­ply Event Pho­tos (www.sim­plyevent­pho­tos.com), cov­er­ing wed­dings with a team of pho­tog­ra­phers. While you split the prof­its, you gain sup­port, con­tacts and ex­pert knowl­edge.

Get the right shot You might have to get up ear­lier or later

than you like. It’s all part of the job!

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