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How to Become a Travel Photographer in Five Easy Steps

Becoming a Travel Photographer

Have you ever fantasized about quitting your day job in exchange for being paid to travel the world and take amazing photos? Perhaps you could shoot for magazines like National Geographic? As romantic as it may sound, succeeding in the travel photography industry requires more than just a wanderlust and an eye for the perfect shot.

Travel photographers work their tails off to land gigs and earn enough money to cover their expenses. And, in a world where photography is becoming increasingly accessible to the general public, standing out from the crowd can be difficult. However, if you believe you have what it takes, the following five pointers can help you get started:

Practice

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Practice as much as you can to become an expert at what you do. Learn everything there is to know about your camera. You don’t need a high-end camera to learn how to work with light and angles. While you’re still a beginner, get to know your camera and work on improving your photography, both technically and creatively.

Build Up Your Portfolio

People will be able to learn about the majority of your work and the range of themes you can work on through your portfolio. It will also serve as a focal point for anyone considering hiring you. Finally, the more you practice, the better you’ll become and the more your portfolio will grow.

Get Your Photos Out There

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Don’t be afraid to enter high-end travel photography competitions or to submit your images to various media outlets. Being a great photographer with no audience to appreciate your work is pointless.
Make a list of every potential client who might be interested in your images and devise a marketing strategy to get your work in front of them. Magazines like National Geographic hire people they’ve known and followed for a long time.

Make Sure Your Images Communicate a Compelling Story

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Being a great photographer isn’t enough. Travel photography that stands out conveys a theme or story that will elicit an emotional response from viewers. A viewer is more likely to form a strong impression if they walk away with a strong central message. Having strong themes in your work can also help you gain clients who are looking for similar work.

 Research the various Stock Photography Venues

Submitting stock photography is probably the simplest way to start building your travel portfolio and earning money from it. In fact, almost every travel photographer does some stock photography. But don’t just send in photos; do some research as well. Examine what’s selling, what’s missing, and what images their clients require.

Take the time to examine the work of the industry’s top photographers. Put yourself in the shoes of the photographer and try to imagine what they were thinking when the shot was taken. Take note of the various elements in their photos (e.g., lighting, angle, etc.) and the effects they have on the viewer.

Finally, you must be enthusiastic about your work. Photography may appear to be a fun hobby, but once you turn it into a job, it will come with all the stresses of a highly competitive market.

Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

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