Photographer’s Market Book: To freelance photographers, this resource will prove to be quite helpful. Once you read this book, you can quickly equate it to the bible for freelancers. Its 600+ pages contain a comprehensive listing of work prospects for freelance photographers. Updates are done every year and copies don’t cost that much.
Getting a photography job in a small city or town is not impossible. Ask around from local dailies and other small-scale publications if they might have something for you. Work around a list of prospective clients. Follow-ups are the key to converting your prospects to regular customers.
When the above methods are unable to help you get a photography job, you can always run an ad about your services at a local publication.
When you have a solid portfolio to show and affordable rates to compete with those of professional studios, you could end up servicing the photography needs of couples in weddings or of event organizers.
Assistant Photographer: Begin from the bottom; serve as an assistant.
It’s quite common to see a professional photographer working with a second photographer when covering a wedding. When you play this secondary role, remind yourself that you are never at the losing end.
Camera, lenses, flash and memory cards – these provisions may be supplied to you by some photographers. Others allow you to make use of your own camera, equipment and accessories. Once the event is through, you hand over the shots you made and stored in the memory cards.
A professional photographer who collaborates with at least one assistant can cover more shots and angles of the wedding. There is a greater volume of wedding photos for the client. In this manner, you’ll be able to gain some experience in taking pictures. The lessons you learn will cover business views and professional techniques.
Post Processing Services: You can offer photo post processing services to other busy photographers if you know your way around Photoshop.
Pro photographers use the RAW format of their digital SLR to capture every details of a scene, especially for wedding shots. Remember that RAW photos should undergo post processing before they are even printed out or displayed and turned over to the client. As you might know, Photoshop is undoubtedly the most commonly used photo processing software available.
Post processing a RAW photo is inevitable. However, the process requires a great deal of time to be invested in. For example, be prepared to spend up to eight hours of your time in post processing a batch of five hundred wedding photographs. The processing time is variable and is also dependent on the efficiency of your computer. When you offer post processing services, you’re really helping busy photographers spend their time on the more income-generating aspects of the job such as marketing and get more bookings. With a computer and the necessary software as your initial investment, you’re just set to offer post process services.
Vince Terry is a freelance photographer and writer. Vince’s work covers wedding photography, modeling, event and commercials. Vince also sells photos on the Internet.