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Education is a powerful weapon to be used for overcoming any obstacles. Today, with better access to relevant information and some of the smartest technology, there are no limits to what one can achieve. But before you decide on making the art of photography a career, ask yourself: “Do I feel ready and committed enough to take this step?”
If you feel comfortable with the possible outcomes of the market instability, and believe in your passion and your photography skills, you might have the perfect combo to become a professional. Still, follow the path of essentials to perfect your shots and get paid for your work.
Reports and Feedback
Before pronouncing yourself a photographer, take a look at the feedback you’ve had so far. Taking a blind leap of faith won’t provide many positive results. First of all, make your images available on various photography platforms for a given price. See the comments and people’s remarks. Use the feedback to explore the market and improve your skills.
Accordingly, download and master some of the numerous photo editing programs. It is crucial to know the proper way of enhancing your images, but many photographers save the time by outsourcing the process to a photo editing service.
The Right Gear Selection
The perfect professional photography equipment is accessible in numerous ways for the people with disabilities. By the Disabled Photographers’ Society, a charity was formed in 1968; adaptable cameras started to develop, offering ease of operation and many unique mounting options. Since then, the birth of digital technology has brought photography closer to more disabled people.
Frequently asked questions are about the left-handed survivors of a stroke and amputees. There is a left-handed digital video camera design on the market that fits both hands equally well. It has all the latest features and accessories, as well as an HD camcorder with x10 optical zoom.
However, the most cost-effective solution is to turn the camera you own upside down and use the thumb to operate and resolve problems with the shutter. There are plenty of small digital cameras on which this works quite well.
If a person cannot use both hands, the solution lies in tripods and clamps to support the camera. A standard remote can be modified to be triggered by mouth or teeth. Also, cameras can be adjusted and attached on wheelchairs, walking aids and scooters.
The accessories can help by adding additional stability. Tripods can provide stability during a shoot, but a neck strap will assist you with the landscape orientation. For those with poor eyesight, a Hoodman Loupe on the back of the LCD will magnify the picture and adapt it to their needs. That being said, it is best to try different lenses and explore magnifying options in order to find a perfect fit for their needs.
Work With Others
To successfully embrace full-time photography, you’ll need some experience. To get the necessary information and learn about the best techniques and angles, you should work with other photographers or attend a workshop. The workshops are a great source of helpful tricks and tips, as well as a way for amateur photographers to improve their skills and discover their own artistic path.
Nonetheless, a beginner should try to acquire as many clients as possible. They don’t have to be paying customers; friends and family can do quite well. This is a chance for a future professional to hear an honest opinion and work on her people skills.
Understanding the Rules
A career in photography can be overwhelming for novices. The job is flexible, but it is easy to get distracted and lost. To be a real professional one must:
- Develop a working schedule – To keep everything on track and focus on one thing at a time.
- Build a website – Make a well-designed and easily accessible website for presenting your work and attracting clients.
- Develop a style – To be in demand, a photographer must have one unique specialty.
- Accept mistakes – Even the best can’t avoid making a few mistakes along the way. Accept them and learn from them to avoid the same issues in the future.
- Understand the seasons – No matter the profession, some months are going to be slow.
- Be social – Use Social Media and events to make connections.
Being disabled is not a flaw, rather an opportunity to show the world from a different perspective. Just look at the example of the legendary Stephen Hawking whose mind took everyone beyond the boundaries of the universe. Still, every smart person always has a backup plan and so should each photographer who is planning on making this their full-time career.