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9 Things to Think About Before You Become a Professional Photographer

I want to throw the romance of photography and being a photographer in the garbage can for a few minutes. This post is to give you some idea of what you may be stepping into should you decide that you absolutely need to become a professional photographer. I am not speaking of getting published once in a while, winning a photo contest here and there, or traveling the world taking the pictures you want to take. That is not the job of a professional. That is the romance that we all believe a photographic lifestyle is or should be. This is very IMPORTANT…becoming a professional has very little to do with taking photographs. The actual picture taking part, becomes the luxury item when you become a professional photographer. So with this thought in mind, here are 9 things to think about before you follow your romantic, stomach-butterfly, feeling that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Structure – The Value of a Project

Many photographers head out regularly to photograph. They keep an open mind and create images based on their surroundings. The subject matter could be all over the map, depending on the photographer and how they work and think.

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Structure – The Task Master

The past two weeks of my life have been so ridiculously hectic that I wasn’t sure if I could make it through the time span in one piece. I worked until 1am almost every night and even managed to pull an all-nighter. I haven’t done that since college. I am not complaining, busy means that I have work and work is a good thing. When stretched so thin, it is extremely important to have an idea on how to accomplish the tasks at hand. I have yet to find a single successful person out there, photographer or not, who has not been a huge list maker. The list is the pipeline to becoming a Task Master.

Creating a list is a lot like a workflow solution in today’s world of digital photography. It is a very personal element. My list tends to be about three pages, although recently, it is hovering in the neighborhood of five.

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