Pages Menu
TwitterRssFacebook
Categories Menu
Becoming a Freelance Photographer: Networking

Becoming a Freelance Photographer: Networking

I have had a lot of people ask me how to become a freelance photographer, and my answer to them has always been laughingly the same: Luck and Skill. I feel now that this answer was rather vague, and deserves some explanation. However, a simple “do this” is not going to work for this question, so I’ve decided to explain a few aspects and points of how to become a freelance photographer over a small series of post, with the intention of helping others discover how they can start making money from their own photographic endeavors. Becoming a freelance photographer used to be a very hard and taxing process, requiring a lot of time, travel, and business savvy, not to mention a good deal of pro-bono work. Though today it has been moderately simplified through the use of social networking, but while this had made it a little easier in areas it has also increased the difficulty in others. Regardless of the medium it is done in however, networking...

Read More
Becoming a Freelance Photographer: Work Made For Hire

Becoming a Freelance Photographer: Work Made For Hire

If you’ve never heard of this term before, I truly envy you. Work Made for Hire is one of the biggest issues for a freelance photographer, and has screwed over many freelancers, myself included. In this installment, I will try to explain what this term is, what it does, and why so many photographers hate it. Part of this will deal with the actual copyright law, but I will try to make it as easily understandable as possible. Work Made for Hire is a subsection of United States Copyright Law, and is the only section of copyright law that awards copyright to someone else besides the original creator. Under this section of the copyright law, the copyright and ownership of a given work (since we are talking photography, this means a photograph or set of photos) is granted to the person who paid you for it. You retain ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHTS to your work, meaning that if you aren’t given permission by the person who hired you, you can’t...

Read More
Becoming a Freelance Photographer: Marketing

Becoming a Freelance Photographer: Marketing

I’m going to start this installment of this small series with a clarifying measure: Marketing and Networking are two completely different things. Now that that’s out of the way, lets get into the specifics of your next step into the freelancing world. If you’ve read the Networking part of this series you should realize that networking is pretty much getting yourself and your services out there via word of mouth. Marketing is the opposite of Networking, and consist of letting people who’ve never heard of and most likely never would have heard of you that you are here and ready for work. Now there are four year degrees granted to people whose preferred profession is marketing, and if you could afford to hire one of these people I highly recommend it, but if your like most starting freelancers than this is well outside your budget. Fear not however, because there are many ways that you can market yourself without paying top dollar. 1. Social Marketing Similar to the idea...

Read More