There's no universal manual for becoming a professional photographer, and it can be a bit daunting trying to figure it all out on your own. This helpful video will give you nine tips to get you on the right track.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this great video talks about nine things he wishes he had known before he became a professional photographer. Of them, I think one of the most important is understanding the actual amount of time you'll spend taking pictures as a professional. A lot of amateur photographers become professionals because they love the craft, only to eventually become disillusioned by the sheer amount of time they spend doing things that have nothing to do with a camera. You'll also likely have to take on jobs that you might not particularly care for and that don't strike your creative fancy. Because of that, it's worth carefully considering if you'd rather keep photography as a serious hobby in which you have complete creative freedom and the ability to come to it and leave it when you desire or if you'd truly like to take the plunge as a professional. Check out the video above for more helpful tips.
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