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Intro into the World of Freelance Photography

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Guest post by Vickie Mathews
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What you will need: Time, place, lighting, and a camera (of course!)

So you want to be a freelance photographer? Keep in mind the road to any vision is never easy. It takes time, hard work, and some initial investment. (I will try to help you keep that at a minimum.)

Rule number one: Think small, anything and everything great always needs a basic foundation, or starting point as you like, in which to build. Running to the nearest store and shelling out large sums of money isnít necessarily going to help you get to where you want to be any faster. Take it one step at a time.

Camera: Go digital! It will save you time and money. Instead of waiting for your prints, you can view them instantly on you pc. Also you have the option of taking as many shots as you wish, in order to get that perfect one, without wasting film. An extra plus is your images will be instantly ready for editing or adjusting. So click away!

Keep it basic! Any camera with at least 5.0 mega pixels and a 3x optical zoom, will get you by for now, and will be a lot less confusing if you arenít a technical genius.

Setting up your studio

Much of what you will require for a basic small studio can be found around your home.

What you will need: A table, basic white sheet, or white poster board, and lighting, (this is essential.)

Halogen desk lamps or work lights are sufficient to start out with, and are widely available and much more affordable then lights sold expressly for photography. Fluorescent lights should be avoided because they will require the most color correction in your photos. Natural lighting is by far the very best in my opinion, drawing out the best coloring in any image.

Place your table, or prop, in the middle of a room, if itís a sunny day near a window. String your white sheets, or poster board as a back drop. Place your item and begin clicking!

Tips: For poor lighting adjusting your cameras ISO is a must! Also taking your images in raw is a plus for editing, and/or adjustments.

Editing: There is a wide array of photo editing software available. I recommend using various trials first to find the one that you feel most comfortable with, before purchase. Corel, Photoshop, and Canvas, all have trails available for download, just to name a few. Remember donít get carried away with effects, until you have the basics down pat. Thereís plenty of time for that in the future. Pure images are most preferred, and essential for beginners.

Uploading and your portfolio

With the world at your fingertips, via the internet, finding a site to get your portfolio started isnít hard, but be prepared for rejections. Just because you think itís a great shot doesnít mean it is. Take the advice given and improve. I started out with www.sxc.hu, a great place to get your images online, downloaded, and your name out there.

Donít get discouraged, and most importantly have fun!

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