taking the plu nge as a pro
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!