Decent paying freelance work is a challenge to find these days, but it’s even harder when your work is not top notch. In order to earn a profit from your passion you need to have mastered the basics of photography including: composition, exposure, lighting and focus. In addition, it helps if you are proficient in photo editing and printing.
If you are just starting out, it’s a good idea to secure internships with established photographers. If you went to school for photography, then finding real world applications for the lessons you learned in the classroom is a must. What’s more, if you have the opportunity to work with a reputable pro, he or she can be a great asset to you as you market your talent. Look to your mentor for recommendations and other advice.
Once you have completed your internship you can focus on finding freelance work. There are many opportunities for freelance photographers, but the jobs may not be best suited for your style of shooting. Your best bet is to look to past clients for additional work or surf the net. The World Wide Web is a great resource for freelancers. Start by looking on reputable sites, such as Freelance Switch and Creative Jobs Central, both have sections that list freelance work opportunities. In addition, Guru.com and iFreelance post a litany of freelance gigs. The bonus with Guru.com is that you can also post your profile for potential employers to see.
If you are looking for specific jobs, then it’s best to stick with referrals inside your particular niche. For example, if you are looking to make it as a professional fashion photographer, then inquire about freelance opportunities at studios and magazines. However, before you decide whether you want to work on a project-by-project basis or you are more comfortable having a stable job, it’s wise to try each out and then decide what suits you best.