As a photography enthusiast, you’d love nothing more than to earn a living from your greatest passion. However, it can be a particularly difficult industry to break into.
Turning a passionate hobby into a career isn’t easy, but it is possible. With regards to photography, your art is the biggest asset to helping you land that dream job. If you’re the only person to see it, though, you won’t get anywhere.
Showcasing your work to others is key for any artist. Here are three great ways to spread yours.
Probably the most obvious way of showing your work to a wider audience is to host an exhibition. This might sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.
Team up with other local photographers and artists to lower the individual workload. Doing this will also boost your numbers. Their friends and followers will see your work, and vice versa. It’s a great way for you all to build new fan bases. You might also have a greater chance of getting industry professionals to visit.
Use projectors to screen your photographs while also putting hard copies on the walls. If you want to wow your audience, then you could also go all out and provide food and drink.
Holding an exhibition is a great way to get feedback. More importantly, it might help you acquire freelance work from guests or even lead to industry professionals offering a job. If nothing else, it will give you a huge boost in confidence. What have you got to lose?
For the more casual photographer, uploading snaps from your digital camera to Facebook and Instagram is fine. Admittedly, these are great ways to show your images to friends and family. However, the internet can also satisfy the needs of a more serious enthusiast.
Setting up your photography blog is a great way to showcase your work. Your website is a great way to build an audience while you can also post contact details for potential employers. Meanwhile, you could also use social media platforms to upload work and help gain a bigger online following.
If you are going to upload your work online, be wary of thieves. Always post a watermark over your images.
Competitions & Publications
Another great way to have your work spotted is to send it to publications. Sometimes you’ll get paid, and sometimes you won’t. Either way, it’s great exposure for your work. And just think, these are the places where industry professionals are most likely to look.
You could also enter your work in competitions. There are always plenty taking place, and a little research should uncover new opportunities. Winning will usually land you a cash prize, or equipment. Additionally, the honour of the accolade will look great when you aim to get professional work.
It’s all about putting yourself out there and creating opportunities for yourself. These are both great options for doing that. Even if you don’t succeed, it should spur you on to improve for next time.