7 Tips For Finding Your Niche As A Photographer

You know you enjoy shooting photos but how do you find your niche? In this article, I’ll explain seven photography tips to help you discover your photo niche. Having a love of taking photos is one thing, making a living at taking photos is quite another. It takes time to not only get good at […]
You know you enjoy shooting photos but how do you find your niche? In this article, I’ll explain seven photography tips to help you discover your photo niche.
Having a love of taking photos is one thing, making a living at taking photos is quite another. It takes time to not only get good at your craft but also understanding the freelance process by starting your own business.

1. Don’t Rush Your Development.

It takes years of practice. Understanding right from the starting gate this notion will help ease your mind because you will understand that to be a great photographer, it takes patience and practice. Take the time to read books on photography and study the masters. Watch documentaries on photographers because you can always learn something wonderful from their art. Enjoy the process of developing your creativity in photography.

2. Build Your Portfolio.

When you are brand spanking new to photography, one of the smartest and most important things you can do is build a portfolio. This too will take time. If you discover you love portraiture of headshot photography, you can start out by offering free photography sessions with friends or family. As your portfolio expands you will find yourself becoming increasingly selective in terms of what photos are best to include and ultimately your portfolio will lead you to paid work.

3. Mistakes Are Part of the Deal.

With any profession, if you don’t make mistakes you are leaving room to grow. In fact, the more mistakes you make, the better off you will be. Make as many mistakes as you can as quickly as you can and over time you will make less and less and begin getting really good at your photography skills. The only way to learn is by doing and having the courage to make mistakes.

4. Collaboration.

One of the keys to photography is collaboration. If you start to discover from all your practice that you are a portrait or headshot photographer, you will realize that working with your ‘client’ is going to be challenging. It will be up to you to control the positive energy and workflow of your photo session. Having a strong ability to communicate effectively based on who your working with is just as important as taking a great image. Collaborating is part of the deal and you need to get good at working with people.

5. Be Consistent.

Shoot as much as you possibly can. Your camera should be almost as if it is part of your anatomy, figuratively speaking. Point being, you need to practice, practice, practice your shooting craft. Takes loads of photos wherever and whenever you can. You will learn an enormous amount about taking photos by simply taking photos.

6. Style.

Style also comes with time. The more photos you take, the better you will get at crafting your image. You will begin to see things clearer even before snapping the shot. You will eventually get to the point of ‘framing on the fly’ based on geometry and how well your eye has been trained to ‘see.’ This will also benefit you because you will be able to see things more efficiently, quickly and not miss out on taking a shot you have the vision to create.

7. Take Chances.

You have to keep pushing your comfort zone. Don’t always play it safe in your work because you’ve gotten good with a particular lens and angle. Try new lenses, try all sorts of whacky angles. Have the confidence to own your aesthetic. You do this by challenging yourself and reaching new goals. If you see a photo you love, try to emulate it, study it and learn about it. Keep pushing your boundaries.
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