Freelance Photography, Anyone?

So, I’ve been brainstorming a lot about things I like to do and how I can make what I like to do more productive, and I think I’m gonna look into Freelance Photography (on the side…I’m not quitting my job any time soon!). More to come on this as I figure things out, but I just love taking pictures! I think I’d like to start by finding some local restaurants to work with. Perhaps I can shoot some photos for their web sites and menus?

I took my first photography class way back when in elementary school. There was an optional, extra class for photography where we learned how to use a 35 mm camera and how to take and frame photos. We even had a dark room where we learned how to safely remove film from a camera, run it through a special machine, move the photos from the film to photograph paper, and process that paper in the various chemical baths. I remember how cool it was hanging the papers up on strings to dry and watching the photos come to life. I’ve been loving photography ever since then.

I wanted to take a photography class in college but couldn’t afford the fancy camera you needed just to partake in the class.

I found a photography class in town, but it’s a bit out of my price range at the moment, too. I’m hoping to save up for it, though, because I’d really like to learn more about how my DSLR works and how to really work it for all it’s worth.

Anywho, lots to think about…anyone have any tips?

5 thoughts on “Freelance Photography, Anyone?”

  1. Photography is so much fun! I remember doing photo classes in highschool and having that same experience! My advice would be to just invest in a nice digital 35mm camera – I got a Canon Rebel (since its more practical then trying to find a dark room and you can see your pictures immediately) and just start playing around with it during your free time! Good luck! Way to go for your dream!

  2. That's so funny – I've also been thinking about freelance photography lately (although I really don't have the gear to get serious about it just yet).

    I think you should go for it! I especially like the shooting for restaurants idea! Brilliant!

    I think, before you spend any serious cash on a in-person class, that you should look up every resource available online. There are SO many. That should help you get a feel for the industry – but it also depends on your learning style. If you think you would get more out of personal instruction then maybe you could try finding a local photographer who would let you "shadow" them

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!


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