Hone your photography skills
First and foremost thing is, you must be able to create photos that are unmatched and can stand out among several other competitors. Hone your photography skills as this is what will put a price tag on you. Remember that competition in digital photography is still fierce, despite the onslaught of more advanced forms of media like film making, and the use of smart software, so in order to survive and make a living out of this field, you have to be smart enough to beat the competition. It has been observed that customers usually do not want to get service from a novice. In digital photography, word-of-mouth marketing rules, which means if you give a decent service to someone, they will surely recommend you to others as well.
- Enroll in digital photography course: If you have never been exposed to digital photography before, you had better do a short course. A short course may not help you beat an experienced photographer, but you will learn the basic skills, and then you can further improve with time.
- Display your work on local art galleries: Nothing is better than having your work assessed by an artist. Go to local art galleries and offer to put your work on display. Surely, it is hard to get a space in museums and huge art galleries in the initial stages of your career; you can start off at local art exhibitions.
Purchase equipment and cameras
You do not have to buy the best and expensive equipment and cameras, you can start off with a second-hand as well. Since you are a novice and trying to learn the ways to excel in this field, learning how cameras function and how to fix common glitches is your first target.
Time to build your portfolio
It is time to give your services and create a portfolio. You can start by working at family functions and friends’ parties. In order to gain appreciation and attention, you can give services for free or at low prices.
Build a website
Once you have created a portfolio, you can build a website, featuring your work and your photography services. Mention prices of your services and display your previous work.