One of the greatest things about Freelancing is that you have your own freedom, you are the boss, you choose your own projects, and make your own money. If photography is your passion deciding to become a freelance photographer may seem to be an easy path. But in reality, freelance photography is such a difficult thing to do, because you need to work multiple projects for different clients. To help you kick start your freelancing journey, we have 10 tips on starting freelance photography that sells.
Photography is undoubtedly the art form of the modern day – almost everyone has access to a camera and simple, high-level editing software has exploded the medium. To keep up with the trend, we listed down guide on becoming a pro photographer without going to photography school.
Photographers who want people to see their images — and buy them, too — often find themselves clueless about how they can do great on sales. They can’t get exhibitions until they have a track record of sales, but they can’t develop a track record of sales until they get the exhibitions.
It gets that complicated!
Portrait photography captures a person — great portrait photography captures a personality. While portraits are a staple of the photography industry, they requires much more than simply pointing and shooting.
Black and white photos aren’t just regular photos devoid of color. They have their own rules and taking them isn’t as easy as it sounds!
Oceania might just be one of the most incredible continents you will see. Situated on the Pacific, it boasts a lot of marvelous shorelines that any photographer will love to make as subject or backdrop.
Aerial photography is an extremely fun and relatively easy way to create new and unique images. But be warned, it’s not that easy to perfect it.
Good candid photography is an art form on its own. It takes a tremendous amount of skill to capture the perfect moment in time.
Yes, sometimes luck is on your side, but often the talented photojournalist can consistently pull off amazing candid shots.
But here are some tips to help you make it big in candid photography and create some real dazzling photos.
Anticipate the Best Moments in a Scene
Try to develop a keen sense for the best places to be for the right image — and often it is just common sense.
If you are capturing moments from an event, then it will be very helpful to research about the even and the people who will be attending. This will at least give you an idea or anticipate where and when special moments are going to happen.
For wedding photography, if you know the bride and groom are seeing each other for the first time right before the ceremony, make sure to be there, in the spot they meet.
Capture Scenes from a Distance
Nothing freaks people out and makes them act weird than knowing a camera is pointed right at them. Leave your wide-angle lens at home and keep your telephoto mounted to your camera. If you can shoot from a distance, it is more likely that people will forget you are there and will have genuine emotions and reactions that you can capture.
Give Your Subjects Some Freedom to Move Naturally
Your presence might make it awkward for your targets to move naturally. So, if your subject knows you are there, even with a long lens, walk away for a few minutes and sneak back over. Just a few minutes can be enough time for them to forget about you and to allow you to shoot candidly.
Know the Backstory
Get to know your subjects so you can be ready to make a great story.
War photographers, for example, know who the key players are, what the divisive issues are and what motivates the armies. You may not be in a war zone, but it is important to know what motivates the people you photograph. This will give you a clue when the subjects may react. Additionally, this will help you anticipate how they will react, whether it be laughing, crying, shouting or smiling.
Try to figure out the relationships between everyone and who has the biggest personalities. These people are most likely to have memorable candid photos.
Master Your Camera Settings
You should know your camera inside and out if you want to get good at candid photos. You should be able to look at a scene and estimate your settings. You should be able to change your exposure quickly and know which knob or button changes your shutter speed, which changes your aperture, and which changes your ISO. These should be second nature operations.
Autofocus Will Be Your Best Friend
Special moments happen quickly and it is not likely that you can manually focus in time. Rely on your autofocus system to gather a sharp image. Set your autofocus mode and points for the situation you are in, whether the subject is moving and what part of the frame you expect them to be in.
Many times, candid photos are not completely candid. Often the photographer will set the subject up for the shot. You don’t have to direct your subject, but if you know that a good candid opportunity is coming, you can ask them to move toward some window light. You can even set up your own lighting, knowing that the subject will be facing a certain way.
Being prepared does not take away from the candidness. It just gives you a leg up when it comes to quality.
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Being a street photographer is quite an exhaustive experience when you are not on top of your game. Even the seasoned professionals feel this way during their long and successful careers. The best way to cope up with that pressure is to narrow down your vision to only certain things.
That’s where street photography projects come into play and this article is all about executing these project ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Why are Projects important and how they are beneficial?
Working on projects lets you think more clearly. You are more vigilant while looking for certain subjects. This attention to detail really makes a difference in your photographs.
Sometimes, as compared to single images, they let you express bigger stories by presenting your images in a specific way and tell a complete story in a more conventional way.
And biggest of all, these projects come in handy when you stuck in a photographic block and you didn’t know how to get out of it.
How to start a project?
There is no hard and fast rule for starting a project. For beginners, you can do two types of projects. You can select a specific story for your project. You can combine multiple images that collectively tell a complete story.
Covering a specific story is too demanding sometimes. Alternatively, you can just select a single design or compositional element for your project.
Shooting all your photographs on that same principle will not only much simpler, but it will evolve you aesthetically as a photographer. You can still get beautiful and soulful individual images out of these types of projects.
Following are few of street photography theme ideas that you can use to get you going. You can come up with your own creative ideas and can apply it to other genres of photography as well.
As mentioned above, you can tell a story with a set of individual images that collectively tell a story in no specific order or you can present your images in a specific order.
If you are telling a story sequentially than 5 or 7 images is a sweet spot. Anything more than that will be difficult for a viewer to keep track of what’s happening. For example, for a 5 images story, give a beginning statement in the first photograph, some action in next three and a conclusion in the last photograph.
If your story is not action-based and it’s more conceptual, make a collection of 10-15 images in no particular order, but all should tell a similar or different angle of the same story. Consistency is key.
2. Specific Feeling
You can focus on just one specific emotion and build your entire series of images on it. For example, you can capture ‘Waiting’ on bus stations, ‘Reunion’ on airports, ‘Happiness’ in parties, ‘Loneliness in the alleys, etc. The benefit of this is, you know exactly when and where you need to look for your subjects.
3. Environmental Portraits
We all love portraits, but making an environmental portrait is difficult and challenging. Try to balance between subjects versus environment. The center of attention should still be your subject, but with enough environmental context, that tells further about your subject and its life.
4. Light and Shadows
This project is purely artistic in nature. You need to look for interesting lights and shadow patterns in various parts of the streets and alleys. Take a casual walk and look for shadows. Their length, direction, and nature will vary throughout the day. So visit the same place several times and observe people while they are moving and other stuff hanging around. Look how light is filtered through various obstacles to create unique patterns.
5. Street Portraiture
This project easy! It’s rewarding. It’s fun. All you have to do is to look around for interesting faces – people who are really expressive. With great smiles, interesting emotions or having fun.
Even people who are shy and hiding emotions also brings a level of mystery to your street photographs. Challenge yourself by asking tough guys. You know your camera settings well, all you have to do is to ask for permission and bang. You are done.
Silhouettes always bring a sense of mystery to your photographs. Since they don’t have the details, you need to emphasize on their shape to make it easy for viewers to recognize them. Try photographing silhouettes on streets, but put enough context in the background for viewers to relate to your subject.
Honestly speaking, humor is difficult in street photography, but if you keep your eyes open, you can find it in abundance. It can be the most mundane thing that all of us witness on a daily basis, but your observation and timing make it humorous and ironic.
8. Motion Blur
Introducing intentional blur really adds a sense of motion in your photographs. But it should not be random in nature.
Firstly, your photograph should be mostly tacked sharp and only certain elements should be blurred so it gives the idea that it’s an intentional blur and not a camera shake. Secondly, the moving elements should still retain enough of their details to know what or who they are?
This project surely requires luck and a lot of practice. Try to photograph people when they are in action. You will find plenty of these opportunities on a street. Make sure the moment you captured should be decisive and enough context should be present for the viewer to relate the freezing moment with its surrounding.
Juxtaposition is presenting two separate things together in a way that it’s contrasting with one another, but still somewhat related. It provides a very interesting point of view.
It’s a difficult genre of street photography and you will not find ample opportunities, but that makes it more rewarding as well. Look for posters, road signs, and graffiti closely and you will know which element can give contrast to it and then simply wait for that element to fill in.
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