Breaking in to the Business

It sounds so basic, and so simple.  Most people have a vague idea of what the photography business is really like, one that doesn’t go much beyond the fact that its_really_competitive.  But for those of you who had a dream last night that you wanted to become a photographer, start here.  I wish I had read this article five years ago…  note that there is nothing in this post about going to school or studying art…

I would add to this something I heard while I was an assistant, that really made me mad as hell.  I was lighting for a shoot that was going to be published by Chronicle Books, without much technical direction from the photographer.  And the photographer told the editor that there are two things that make you a photographer- one is your technical skill, the other is your vision.  The first one, it seems, you can hire someone to do for you, or learn on your own.  the second, is something no-one can teach you.  So, her advice to young photographers was to work on the vision.  At the end of the shoot, when I was thinking about my paycheck from the photographer, I knew after working hard all week to fill in the technical holes in the creative direction, that the photographer was right…

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