Re: New to photography

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Posted by Doug Clifford on March 11, 2000 at 19:35:57:

In Reply to: New to photography posted by Traci beatty on March 11, 2000 at 10:07:30:

: I'm just starting out in photography. So far my experience is limited to taking pics of my 1 year old daughter, family and friends. Everyone is encouraging me to go into photography as a profession. I need to know how to get started. Iam very enthusiatic about this endeavor and would appreciate any advice available.
: I now own a Canon EOS Rebel G and acouple of lenses, but know this won't be adequate to start a business.

Hello Traci,

Having been a photographer for almost 40 years, your enthusiasm is understandable, and one of fastest ways to kill that enthusiasm is to try and make a living from taking pictures. It's a TOUGH highly competitive business. Take some classes in photography from your local parks and rec or adult education program to get the foundation you will need. Study the market for photography in your community. Most local photographers make their income from doing weddings and group or team sports photography - both are highly competitive fields. Make the acquaintance of a local wedding photographer or someone who does team sports; offer to carry his equipment and be a gopher for him on shooting assignments. Watch what he or she does. The only successful photographers today have a strong background in running a business and in marketing their services.

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