Wednesday, 7 August 2013

A Photographer's Diary: Introduction

There must be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of amateur photographers in the world today. Aside from considering which lens to invest in next or how to fix that irritating chromatic aberration problem, one thought that has probably crossed every single one of their minds is, "Could I turn this passion into a living? Should I?”

It is a question that is repeated time and again in different forms, from college darkrooms to forums, and from daydreams to LinkedIn groups. You know you love photography as a hobby, you've been getting some good feedback, and it would be a dream to photograph professionally as a career. But you also know that there are drawbacks, and that it is a risk. It's a highly competitive field, and there are no guarantees of success. Do you give up a well-paid but soul-destroying career in the office for this insecure dream?

It is because of this prevalent question that I have decided to start a little series of blog posts, imaginatively called “A Photographer's Diary”. I am one such hobbyist who has decided to follow the photographic calling, so I thought it could be of interest to those who are still undecided, or just plain curious, to find out what making the leap is like.

The cover of the first issue of Amateur Photographer

Of course, as I am at such an early stage, still with no guarantees of earning an honest living from photography, it is quite possible that this career path may not work out for me and could come to nothing. I am, however, more optimistic than this and regardless of the outcome, the resulting blog posts will still reveal an honest account of important aspects involved in becoming a fully-fledged, full-time, professional, freelance, photographer-supremo. Or something like that.

The entries will not necessarily be in chronological order and will follow a variety of topics, from why photographers charge what they do to useful resources such as books, magazines and websites. I would love to get some interviews in with other photographers too (so if you're another pro reading this then please get in touch!).

You'll be able to keep tabs on these Photographer's Diary posts by clicking on the “A Photographer's Diary” link underneath the 'Categories' section on the right of this page.

My next post will be on how I got to where I am now, and indeed, where I am now, to set the scene for future postings. For now, why not take a look at what an average Tuesday looks like for me on American-in-England and Brand Consultant Lady Katherine's blog?

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