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5 Steps to Becoming a Photographer

5 Steps to Becoming a Photographer


Are you thinking of becoming a photographer? You’re in good company. Joining the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Gilles Bensimon, and Richard Avedon, you’re about to enter into a profession bursting with creative opportunity and artistic expression and one that can vastly differ depending upon the division of the industry you choose. As a photographer, you’ll produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. Accordingly, as a photographer you must have a “good eye,” a keen imagination, and drive, as many photographers work for themselves or freelance for a living.

So how can you break into this highly lucrative artistic field? We’ve assembled a list of necessary steps to get you started.

Step 1: Ask questions

Step 2: Get Educated

Step 3: Create a Portfolio

Step 4: Connect and Learn Skills

Step 5: Get to Work!

Step 1: What is a professional photographer? →

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