Monthly Archives: October 2016

Making A Photography Portfolio

camera-collectionBuilding a photography portfolio can sometimes be a difficult challenge. Nobody likes to do work for free, but at the same time, why is anybody going to pay for your photography if they haven’t seen any of your photos? You basically need to be ready to do a lot of free photography shoots and follow some of the tips below:

Build your Portfolio with Photos of Family and Friends

This is a great thing to do. Instead of approaching strangers, why not take free photos of family and friends. You can even give them away as birthday and holiday gifts! Most people will love any type of photography if it is free, even if you aren’t at a very high level yet with your photography skills. ┬áPeople will still be appreciative simply because it would be better than they can do themselves.

The other reason why this is good to do is, you’ll be able to build your portfolio with great photos of people you know. You’ll be able to get better photos from people that are comfortable with you and give you genuine smiles and expressions. This also makes it easier if you make a mistake. Family and friends are usually more patient.

Make the most out of each shoot while you’re working on your portfolio. You may plan on editing 20 photos for a family shoot digital package, or whatever it may be. As you are building your photography portfolio, take full advantage of the photography session you have in front of you. I know when I was building my own photography portfolio I would sometimes edit 100 photos from a single shoot, I would never do that now. This allowed me to practice my photography skills, practice my Photoshop editing skills and the most important thing is it gave me tons of different options of photos to feature in my portfolio.

If you have enough photos to start your photography business, put your prices up and then give a 50% discount. This way future customers will start to refer to you as a legitimate business. You will start getting brand recognition but at the same time you will continue to build your portfolio.

Education Is Key

photo-schoolA photography degree will give you an edge in the market place. The training, skills, experience gained, and the networking opportunities will help boost your career in the field. Below are five benefits to having a photography degree.

Gain An Edge With A Degree

Being in school allows photographers to develop a portfolio early on which will help them find a job after they finish their education. Photography schools provide high quality equipment for students to use in order to take photos for portfolios.

Have access to professional quality equipment

By going to school, people have access to multitude of professional equipment. Schools are constantly updating their facilities and equipment so the students will be able to stay up to date. Their able to access resources and learn how to operate different styles, techniques, and tools.

Get professional feedback

Photography schools can also provide professional photographers to mentor so that they can give feedback and critique student’s work. Having a mentor, peers, and professors to constantly judge your work will help you grow as a photographer. Understanding different perspectives from different people will allow you to further your skills.

Become a well-rounded individual

Photography school will allow students to take a multitude of courses in different types of photography and other areas. Students will be able to become familiar with different concepts, styles, and techniques. This will allow students to become better rounded.

Get job placement

By being in school, there are many opportunities to get a job after school is completed. Schools may offer job opportunities to students who will be close to graduation. There may also be tons of resources for part time or internship work. The career services department can prepare students for interviews and job placements for the real-world as well.

The years people spend in college give them a mature perspective and approach to life. Aside from learning the proper way to do photography, people develop business skills that will help them become well rounded individuals. The connections and network built in school opens up connections that people wouldn’t have if they did not attend school. Some companies require a degree in order to even be considered for a job. A degree, in any discipline, is good for self-confidence, something that is vital in being successful at anything. These benefits listed above are guaranteed if students are in school. Although people may think that a degree is not necessary to be photographer, most of the benefits of pursuing a degree are the resources and network connections built while attending school.