On December 19, I posted an article called Making Money as a Travel Photographer and left suggestions 9 and 10 in your court with the promise that I’d pick two of the best and give you a signed copy of my book when it’s out. There were some great thoughts left in the comments, some of them more related to being a traveling photographer than actually making a source of income from it, but good thoughts all the same and I suggest you read them when you have a moment.
#9 Have an online portfolio.
Not something with a 1000 shots or eight galleries with your family dog. Narrow it down. Let people see your best work. Keyword your images so you’re easier to find. In addition to easy, keep your web address simple.
If you’re looking to get serious about your portfolio, either online or print, take a look at Selina Oppenheim’s Portfolios The Sell
Yes, it’s a competitive market… However, Network. Network. Network. Never burn a bridge with other photographers. This blog is proof of keeping respect and the benefit of doing so. (i.e. 5D Mark II) In networking with other photographers you gain experience and opportunities. When I traveled to Jerusalem, I met up with a fellow photographer I had met via a photography forum. That connection, friendship, saved me time and money.
Jonathan’s right on the money here – relationships are crucial and the old model wherein we all saw each other as competitors and guarded our secrets fiercely, it’s gone. The winners now are the ones who give openly and connect incessantly.
#11 Learn to light.
You should be able to turn day into night and night into day artificially. You may not always use it but, it will help you make much more interesting travel images and will allow you to get more pictures out of a given scenario.
I’d add to this and just say, Learn About Light. Even if you’re not controlling the light in any way the ability to see the light it crucial.
Jonathan and Dan both get a signed copy of Within The Frame when it’s out in May/June. Here’s the kicker guys, I’m leaving this in your court. I’ve got lots on the go right now and I will NEVER remember this. SO – when you see me announce that the book is out and on shelves, send me an email or leave a comment in any of my posts and remind me, along with your mailing address, and I’ll ship them out to you. Sorry to pass the buck, but it’s that or completely forget and totally neglect you, and I can’t live with that kind of guilt.
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