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    Default How to decide if you're ready

    Just a curious question, how would you decide if you're ready to get into the freelance photography scene? Whether you have the skills and exposure in handling the job, like weddings, product shots, makeover shots, etc?
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    Default Re: How to decide if you're ready

    When you are confident in your ability to

    1. Get photos your target market likes
    2. Attract enough clients to sustain your income.
    3. Plan out your pricing scheme to account for all the operating costs
    4. Survive during the times when you have little or no clients.

    I guess the business plan and PR skills are the most important things you need to survive as a freelancer. There are several other threads in this subforum that you might wanna browse though too..
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    When you feel confident enough to bite the bullet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Override2Zion View Post
    Just a curious question, how would you decide if you're ready to get into the freelance photography scene? Whether you have the skills and exposure in handling the job, like weddings, product shots, makeover shots, etc?
    Your are looking into three areas of commercial/advertising photography:

    1. weddings
    2. product shots
    3. makeover shots

    Your will be more confident when you acquired desired skills in
    all the above which include formal portraiture, candid/street
    photography, group shots, people skills and the ability to make
    people comfortable when they are in front of your lens.

    2. Lighting skills in various type of products which includes all
    type of shapes and forms. The management of colours to bring
    out the products features, control of depth of field and a larger
    space in the studio for bigger household items etc

    3. Knowledge in make-up, hairstyling and the ability to make
    your subject instantly like you when they sit in front of your lens.

    You will feel that you are ready when your real and sincere
    mentor give you the "go ahead". But if you have not got even one
    mentor to guide you, it is better to make this your top priority.
    Having a mentor is the best solution to shorten the learning curve,
    but make sure you find a good and honest one who would put you
    to great height.

    Lastly but not least, you must have all the basic equipment to
    do professional photography at its best and do not short change
    your clients.

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    The biggest mistake new comers to the industry is to
    short change their clients feeling that if they don't pay
    well, why give them more.


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    Default Re: How to decide if you're ready

    Simple, when your income (minus expenses) from your photography exceeds your current income/salary for at least 6-8 months, you're probably good to go.

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    Default Re: How to decide if you're ready

    Quote Originally Posted by Override2Zion View Post
    Just a curious question, how would you decide if you're ready to get into the freelance photography scene? Whether you have the skills and exposure in handling the job, like weddings, product shots, makeover shots, etc?
    When your complete(or part) income comes from taking photos, your technical knowledge should be at your finger tips and shouldn't be your concern anymore. Most of the time, you won't have the luxury to second guess to experiment or second guess the previous exposure. Clients pay you to deliver everytime.

    You main concern would be building up a network of potential clients and continue to improve your services.

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    or when u have no other choice?

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    there is no such thing as ready....

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    Default Re: How to decide if you're ready

    Quote Originally Posted by insanne View Post
    there is no such thing as ready....
    Thanks all for replying. Regarding the post by insanne, please elaborate? If never ready, then when to even start? I am just confused.
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    Default Re: How to decide if you're ready

    when you are confident that you can deliver the images that you were contracted to capture

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    photography is an evolving and learning process. It is an extension of yourself. The day you think you are ready, will be the day that you not learn, not create and not experiment. Readiness is complacency.

    I don't think there is ever a start and an end. You can say you are ready finanically, but since when money is enough? You can have the best cameras, best lights and best crew, but if you yourself is not willing, then there is only so much they can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    when you are confident that you can deliver the images that you were contracted to capture
    Bro if everyone went by that standard many iconic photographers would have never started. Most if not everyone starts before they feel totally aka 100% sure that they can do it. Most times you have to do it and wing it while doing it for the first time - of course you need to have some basic idea what the ##### you are doing.

    Sometimes you get asked to do a job before you are absolute ready - my first architectural job was a sub over from another photographer yeah I have taken building before who has not; not withstanding that I did win the commercial photography section of the MPA Singapore chapter print competition in 2006 for some thing I did as personal work. ? But as a commercial work for a construction company as final end user nah never done that before. Net result my client the photographer was so happy I got 30% more than what we agree upon.

    Like the first wedding job I did - when I was in Sec 4, done with a camera with a dead meter, a newly acquire Vivitar 265 and no coaching, no asking the internet - just did the nike thing - Just Do it & the Obi Wan Kanobi thing - Trust in the <flash>. The couple still tell me they like the photos when every we meet after more than 25 years afters.

    Being pro mean you will secure the basic shot first then get better ones (you hope 8-) ) as well. Does that mean to try do something you are 70% sure you are not ready - let your common sense advise you on that (or rather you appetite for risk).

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    To me, constantly evolving in knowledge and thought means never being ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowspeeder View Post
    To me, constantly evolving in knowledge and thought means never being ready.
    Agree. Just go out there and adapt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelArtwork View Post
    Agree. Just go out there and adapt.

    Isnt adaptation a form of evolution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by insanne View Post
    Isnt adaptation a form of evolution?
    That's an adaptative evolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    That's an adaptative evolution.


    which is still a form of evolution ...:P

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    Quote Originally Posted by insanne View Post
    which is still a form of evolution ...:P
    Oei!! You so free ah?? BTW, lost my phone so lost your no as well. Give me a buzz, go out for coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Override2Zion View Post
    Just a curious question, how would you decide if you're ready to get into the freelance photography scene? Whether you have the skills and exposure in handling the job, like weddings, product shots, makeover shots, etc?
    When you are HUNGRY enough, you'll know it's time!
    always the Light, .... always.

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    Default Re: How to decide if you're ready

    Quote Originally Posted by Canonised View Post
    When you are HUNGRY enough, you'll know it's time!
    Haa haa, i like the way you put it.
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