*If you have a passion for photography and want to pursue it as a full-time career in your future, this article for you and only you.
Professional event photography is undoubtedly an excellent career choice for individuals willing to get paid for the use of their creative talents. It is one of the few fields in life where college degrees don’t carry much value as that of the individual’s self-discipline and an eye for detail.
So if you want to make a lucrative career out of professional event photography, you need to start early with complete determination and rigid self-discipline. The following tips can help.
- Develop your skills
There’s no definite “right” or “wrong” way to improve or worsen your skills in event photography.
Some people reckon that photography classes can do their skills a whole lot of good in the long run, and then there are some who consider them as a simple waste of time.
No matter what your belief is, you must realize that you have to work on it to make it work for you.
You may be able to teach yourself a whole lot of the subject from books or experimentations [some of the best-known photographs to mankind have actually happened as a result of an accident], or you can even learn from other professionals if you really have the opportunity to do so.
It doesn’t matter how you do as long as you do.
- Get the necessary equipment ready for your use
The genre of your event photography should define the type of equipment you need. But a few things remain constant no matter what you choose to shoot, and that is a camera (DSLR) and a few lenses for different situations.
You may also require a decent photo editing software; so don’t forget that.
Note: If you are shooting indoors like inside a studio, you may require additional equipment for lighting purposes.
- Know your camera inside out
It is important that you know every setting, feature, strengths, and weaknesses of your camera to capture a photograph with maximum efficiency. It should appear on the outside as if you can take the perfect snapshot with your camera with your eyes closed and hands tied behind your back.
Fumbling with your own equipment can make you look very unprofessional to the outside eye. So try to avoid such situations at all possible cost.
- Always read the manual of your camera from the front to the back without missing out on anything. The manual can give you a whole lot of information on the features and the functionalities of your camera that generic sources may not.
- Practice, practice, and practice. Experiment at home with light and shadow. Don’t hesitate to try shooting with different settings on your camera. Remember, you are still learning. Mistakes, any, would only help you learn more in the long run.
- Build your own portfolio
In order to get hired by somebody (who’s not in your relationship) for professional event photography work, you must have a portfolio of your own to show for.
You can use your previous photographs (based on multiple subjects, genres, and angles) to highlight the range of your talent in the best possible manner. And don’t forget that the more variety you bring to your portfolio, the better it is.
- Create business
So here’s how you can do it in the best possible manner:
- Try to acquire an internship with a professional event photographer. This, if done correctly, can give your career a definite boost in the right direction.
- Acquire contacts (as much as possible). Your internship can help.
- Know the different ways of dealing with clients.
- Set a professional work schedule and stick to it at all possible cost.
- Advertise your event photography business online or offline according to your budget
- And never hesitate to ask for referrals from your previous satisfied clients. A simple practice like this can go a long way indeed.
So that’s basically it for now then folks. Hope you really had an enlightening read.