When it comes to working in the photography industry, there are multiple jobs that you can do in the field other than being an actual photographer.
There is so much that goes into photo sessions and other types of photography work that sometimes goes beyond the act of actually taking photos. This article covers some of the different options in the field.
The Obvious (Photographer):
Becoming an actual self-employed photographer is the most obvious option. This means you are in charge of running the actual business, taking the photos, doing the editing, and delivery of images.
There are so many types of photography needs out there, and whether you focus on one genre or a few, the options are plentiful. Find your niche(s) and run with it! Here are some of the most popular types of photographers:
- High School Seniors
The list goes on and on…
If you are interested in becoming a photographer and looking for a good place to start, you could consider being an assistant. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and learn the ropes of becoming a photographer yourself.It is also a good way to see what all goes into running a business.
Photographers could always use a hand when it comes to things like bookwork or an assistant to help with gear during sessions or weddings.
For those who own studios, they could probably use a front desk assistant or someone you know keep the studio tidy, clean, and organized. Contact some local self-employed photographers in your area and see if they could use an extra set of hands. Use the job as a learning experience and it’s a win for everyone!
Many photographers outsource their editing work to save them time. If you are great at editing and would like to take on some extra work, reach out and consider becoming an editor. It’s a great way for you to make extra cash and will give the photographer some breathing room.
You should create a portfolio showing your style of editing, and always one with more clean edits. You may find that some love your style and you mind find that others want to keep edits clean and simple.
One thing that is very important for photographers is marketing. They need to stay relevant and “in the know” in order to keep up with the saturated industry.
Keeping social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter updated is a big part of marketing. If you have marketing skills, you may make a great addition to their team and again, save them time.
You don’t need a full blown school to teach photography. If you are educated and skilled as a photographer, consider passing that knowledge onto others.
You could do basic training to mothers who just want to learn to take good photos of their children, or you could teach those who want to become serious successful photographers.
Whether you are teaching how to operate a camera, marketing tips, or editing, there are always many beginners eager to learn! And if you are a skilled, respected photographer, your time and knowledge could earn you extra income.
You can teach online, in a studio, on location, etc.
There are MANY photography educational websites online today. Members can watch tutorials, videos, go to online webinars, and simply read very useful content.
Websites that have high traffic volume like to keep their content plentiful and updated. This means many will hire others to come on as either a full time contributing author or a guest writer.
Write a few samples to show that you are capable of producing articles with good grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Also show that you know a thing or two about the industry. Present the articles to them and see if it’s a match! The pay is typically great and it’s a good way to earn extra income on your free time.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to topics to write about. Here are just a few examples:
- Marketing (social media, website, etc.)
- Camera settings
- Editing tips/tutorials
- Posing tips
- Shooting tips
- Business tips
- Photography news
- Product reviews
You can find articles on pretty much any topic related to the actual art of photography and editing, as well as the business and marketing side of things.
Being a contributing author is basically like teaching photography, only you are using a larger outlet with more exposure as your platform.
Whether you want to become a successful business owner, or already are and just looking for extra side income, there are options. Working for others is not only a great way to learn yourself, but also a great way to build solid networking relationship with others.