Per the definition, photography is- the ART or PRACTICE of taking and processing photographs.
Now, you are aware that people don’t process photographs the way they used to.
I believe even the photographers nowadays use software to adjust and make the photos more beautiful and interesting.
You can start, you don’t need a lot of money.
A camera, software and desire.
Notice the definition says art OR practice of taking photos.
“PRACTICE of taking photos”.
Keep taking photos. You can share them on many online platforms, get paid some.
To produce photos don’t cost you any thing beyond your tools (once you have them). The worst can happen is you don’t like a photo, so what, just erase it from the memory card.
Practice your skills, figure out how to adjust light and learn about your camera’s functions.
Again use social media to introduce your business, that means you need to come up with a business name.
So and so photography.
I would have never thought I would need images of a tree, or an apple, or someone studying etc.
I do! I do buy most of the photos that I use on this blog.
They call them stockphotos.
Many websites buy and use these pictures.
(stock photography) are professional photographs of common places, landmarks, nature, events or people that are bought and sold on a royalty-free basis and can be used and reused for commercial design purposes.
Obviously you can arrange photo sessions with individuals and groups as well.
Remember , you are as professional as you want to be.
Professionalism has something to do with the LEVEL OF CARE you are willing to give to your practice.
Here is what Ashley Baxter, a photographer from UK, says about starting her photography business;
“I didn’t intend to exchange my photography services for money. It just started happening. From modest beginnings, where I was slipped a £20 note at a gig I thought I had shot just for fun, to a steady stream of bookings from clients big and small, all of which I have landed without marketing myself as a professional photographer.”
Hear what Mindy Sue says about starting her photography career…
“This is a story of how I started my photography business out of my closet. To begin, we were really poor. Crazy poor. My husband worked full time – half of which was an unpaid internship – and was going to school full time getting his Ph.D. and writing his dissertation. He was never home. We had three wonderful babies ages 6, 5 and 2. Our house was a two bedroom, seven hundred square feet apartment….”
So YOU CAN!
Are you aware that there are a lot of people in this world that try to help YOU.
Total strangers. By sharing their information on line. Have you seen the videos on You Tube, all the blogs….yes the value of information shared is different from video to video, blog to blog, web site to web site.
Nevertheless, people share what they know to the best of their abilities and knowledge.
This is a good thing. It helps us organize our lives in a bigger scale (as the world) and it is not mandatory.
It reminds me of the song from Meet The Robinson’s soundtrack. The Future Has Arrived by Danny Elfman.
It’s time to create
Time to grow
If you’re feeling right The world
Yeah she’s changing
And life’s rearranging
Don’t it make you feel alive?
The world, yeah she’s changing, AND LIFE’S REARRANGING. It is true and BEAUTIFUL.
When you have goals, make it bigger than you want and imagine.
In that way, you give yourself extra space, to reach at least your original goal.
Life is so complicated sometimes, random things happen.
So instead of being the best shop in the neighbourhood, imagine to be the best shop in the city…
Instead of being a local artist, imagine being an artist known in the country
Instead of being an average musician being known only in a few states, imagine being the best musician in the world!
Easy to apply?
If you are starting out to learn a new skill, or starting a new business, or trying something new, know that everyday isn’t a copy of each other. Otherwise life would be boring.
Therefore, you may have a more successful day today or less successful one. Always thrive for success. Keep in mind, when you have problems, your enthusiasm might fade away (this happens to all of us, at varying degrees).
So what do you do, along your effort of making things better (than yesterday) ? You also motivate yourself. Motivate yourself by watching the people in that field, whatever that is.
If it is a skill you are trying to acquire, watch the pros in that subject.
If it is a business you are trying to create or you just started your business, you can read about other people who also started and succeeded.
With communication being easier than past, we can connect to people and listen to their success stories. Some ways we can do this, online, via books, videos, audios etc.
Speaking from my own experience, by watching successful people, you can have a complete turn around and regain your enthusiasm. Carry on!