Wanting to get into photography as a career


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Ok we'll I know it's not as easy as just jumping in but I was wanting some suggestions. I just bought an almost brand new conditioned Nikon coolpixs l810 camera for $20. Then went out and bought a stand and some rechargeable battery's as well as a 32GB SanDisk card as well as a carrying case. (They bought a go pro so it's no longer needed) I was going to build a portfolio that consists of 2 nature shots, 2 action shots, and 2 still shots (probably from a car show or something of that nature) any suggestions? I plan on putting that together and putting my self out there by putting an add in the paper and on craigslist. What's a good way to print quality pictures on somewhat of a limited budget? I have a laptop of it's needed. I'm wanting to use this camera to build up the funds to buy a better camera and slowly build up my gear and buisness.


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You from Texas? Welcome to ClubSNAP. :)

The first thing you need to do is learn everything about photography, than from there you will know what kind of subjects you will be more interested to photograph, once you know what you want to specialise with, you will able and know where to look for opportunities to find careers that fit you.

It may take years to learn photography and a long road to find your ideal job, so be persistence on persuade your dreams.

Wish you luck.
 

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I'm in fort other Arkansas haha


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You have to take it one step at a time before jumping in as a career. Once you get paid, you will be expected to do a good job. So you have to have a proper plan on how to get there. If your work is not very good, you will not make any money.
 

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You have to take it one step at a time before jumping in as a career. Once you get paid, you will be expected to do a good job. So you have to have a proper plan on how to get there. If your work is not very good, you will not make any money.
One of my friends(professional photograoher) told me that in fact hobbyists takes nicer photos than those who get paid to do so.
 

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One of my friends(professional photograoher) told me that in fact hobbyists takes nicer photos than those who get paid to do so.
But the hobbyist with horrible pictures can walk away free of burden...
 

Turbonetics

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But the hobbyist with horrible pictures can walk away free of burden...

yes agree with that.
That's why he said shooting for living and shooting for hobby are totally different.
 

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Taking photos is just 20% of a pro photographer's work, tops. Also, more often than not, serving a client is more important than quality photos. Reality is very different from surface appearance.
 

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An amateur (French amateur "lover of", from Old French and ultimately from Latin amatorem nom. amator, "lover") is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science in a non-professional or unpaid manner. Amateurs often have little or no formal training in their pursuits, and many are autodidacts (self-taught).
So Amateur can also say someone doing it out of love, not for money, it does not say amateur can't shoot better photos than a professional.
it does happen from time to time, but shooting better photos does not imply this person can be success in photography business, or even in a career.
because shooting day in day out, plus all the not so glamours things happening in back end, is totally a different story.
 

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Newbies section is for self introduction, asking beginner questions etc, if you want to look for feedback on your photos, you may post your works in the gallery section to seek for C&C.

I have moved your photos and corresponding relies here.

[h=3]Dragonfly and Rabbit and Pond[/h]

please stay on topic as per thread title in this thread.
 

sjackal

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Well, very often hobbyist shoot better pictures than professionals is often true, but more often, its applies to the hobby based genres, like macros, art, animals, landscapes, etc, especially stuff where you have luxury of time and free expression without following client requirement. When it comes to specialized professional genres which requires deep technical know how, or great personality skills, or specialized equipment, or years of experience from suffering all the hard knocks and dealing it the hard way, it is another story.

Of course I can drive better than the bus driver. I no need to follow specified route and face thousands of passengers everyday!
 

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If it was only so easy to start a portfolio. You camera could limit you in the sense that it has real limitations not a business killer but it will need more to make this work well enough if you are talking real pro level work and not nickel and dime work. I think you may have a long hard ride ahead of you but if that what you want to do - go for it.
 

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