How to GO Pro
Make a career from your camera – we ask eight top pros what it takes
Digital cameras have made it easier than ever to set up a photography business: get the right gear, learn how to use it, spot a gap in the market and start selling pictures. Bingo! If only it were so simple… The professional photography market is a competitive place and you’ll need tenacity and talent in abundance in order to stand out from the crowd.
Still interested? Good. While the days of swanning around the world shooting for stock are long gone, you can still make a living from professional photography. The chances are you’ll need to diversify, though, whether that’s writing words to go with your pictures for magazines and books, offering one-to-one photography training and workshops, or even putting together your own YouTube channel.
Over the next few pages our panel of photographers will tell you the truth about turning pro. The picture is a positive one! Despite having to take photos to pay the mortgage, none of them have lost their appetite for photography. If you’ve ever thought about trying to make money from your camera, their stories will provide the inspiration you need to take the plunge.