FashionTV Guide: How to Become a Professional fashion photographer
We’ve all heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So do you think you have the ability to produce breathtaking images worth a million words? If this is you, then you might have already considered pursuing a career as a professional photographer. Like every occupation it will take time to gain the right experience and develop an innovative and inventive style.
After all, if you want to become the next Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier or Mario Sorrenti you’ll have to work really hard at it. FashionTV provides you the right advice and steps you have to take in order to become a world-renowned photographer!
Learn From the Pros
Contact a professional photographer who inspires you and talk to other photographers who can give you some of their input. These tips can help you along the way to launch your career. It’s always important learning from those experienced. Shadow a photographer at work in the studio or at a photoshoot. Learn their insider secrets and then practice at home!
Practice, Practice, Practice!
A journalist always has their notebook out and ready – a professional photographer who is passionate about his/her career is no different! Always have your camera ready to shoot. Don't miss out on an opportunity to capture an artistic image. Whether it's a tree, a child or a model on the runway – never give up until you capture the angle you desire.
Be Original -- Invent Your Own Art
Invent your own style to make your photos come to life. Be different than everything else you know. What do you love to capture with the power of your camera lenses? Once you acquire own style, people will be able to point out your work from the rest!
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Participate in Contests
Who knows...maybe this will be your first step to the professional photographers list? Whether or not you win first prize, there is always a chance that your photography will catch the eyes of another great artist who you can collaborate with – or at least learn from!
Study Photography at School
You don't necessarily need a fashion degree to become a professional photographer. After all, you can’t study to be talented! Yet at the same time learning about the technical aspects of photography (and there’s a lot to learn!) will only make you a better and more knowledgeable photographer. In class you’ll learn from professors who are quite intelligent in the field as well as professionals in the industry. You’ll get the chance to make the right impression and network with other passionate and creative photographers – beginners and experienced alike!
Invest in Lenses
When it comes to lenses, compromising is not an option. Removable lenses are highly recommended and work with a number of cameras. Check websites like Amazon and Ebay to see if you can find the equipment at a cheaper price.
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Read How-To Books
How-To books in the photography field provide intellectual step-by-step guides that deal with composition, lighting and shade. Understanding how to capture the right amount of light or be able to compose the perfect image is important in finding your way to a successful photography career.
Become Your Own Critique
Look at every photo you take a few times. Make sure you learn from your mistakes and also define what you did that makes your image a piece of art in its own way. Teach yourself how to edit your photos using programs like Adobe Photoshop.
Create a Portfolio
Document your best works, and show them off to your network of professional photographers. Make sure your portfolio really highlights your best work.
Open your mind
A professional photographer wants to keep learning about different subjects within the photography field. Photo journalism, documentary and commercial photography offers a wide range of styles, techniques and expertise. Learning about other aspects of photography will keep you open to all the artistic possibilities out there!
Chase the Dream
The road to becoming a professional photographer is tedious. You’ll learn to love and hate the camera. But never forget your dream of becoming the best artist you can be. It’s an innovative career that involves confidence, patience and inspiration. Remember – only those who dare to fail can ever achieve.