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I would like to get a job as a traveling photographer.
But i'm not even sure where to start.

Any help?

Post #1, Oct 10, 2011 14:09:35


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Shooting what?

Post #2, Oct 10, 2011 22:25:12


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culture

Post #3, Oct 10, 2011 23:53:06


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That's still a pretty vague answer. Culture is a broad subject and is open to interpretation by the individual. I take it that you want this as a career. If you are going to ask for serious advice on here you need to provide plenty of details so that we can give you informed information that is relevant.

There are some photographers that make their sole living by being a photographer that does destination imagery and they are usually contracted to a specific magazine or news agency. They are few and far between these days as if a magazine wants an image of something there are plenty of stock sites that will probably be able to provide what they want.

You could try contacting some of the travel and leisure magazines. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I would suggest that perhaps you should try getting accepted by some of the more reputable stock agencies to see if your work is valued by them. With a little searching you will find other threads on here that will provide you with some of the answers that you seek.

Post #4, Oct 11, 2011 00:08:22 as a reply to ajstonestreet's post 15 minutes earlier.


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Sheldon's right - culture is way too vague and no clue experience, etc.

Post #5, Oct 11, 2011 00:20:57


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Start Traveling and shooting if you haven't already. Develop a personal creative vision that will set you apart from your competition. Put together a portfolio with a cohesive vision and start contacting Photo Editors & Art Buyers at travel magazines with mailers, e-mail, calls (asking to meet in person to show your physical book). Services like Adbase.com & AgencyAccess.com will help you find out whom to contact and how best to contact them. Be consistent, persistent and patient.

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ajstonestreet wrote in post #13230305external link
I would like to get a job as a traveling photographer.
But i'm not even sure where to start.

Any help?

You're not going to easily get a "job" as such--you'll have to freelance, and that's gotten a lot harder than it used to be.

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You and about a million other people. You have to be on the top 0.001% of photographers to get that job/freelance work, and have contacts in the industry.

Build a portfolio. Build contacts. Don't give up your day job.

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Step one, define who your client is
Step two, figure out who your competition is
Step three, either find out who employs such photographers or create your business plan
Step four, If this is to be your business; Create your marketing plan and figure out how your gonna get clients.
Step five, Start shooting, a lot...

I do not really understand what a culture photographer is but if you want to be a culture photographer then just start shooting. One thing I suggest is that when you define yourself as a photographer people should get a clear idea of what you do and what you are capable of. Focus on a particular subject, style, clientele or type of photography to start. Make sure all you do with website, cards, promotions and marketing will define what you do.

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zagiace wrote in post #13247569external link
Step one, define who your client is
Step two, figure out who your competition is
Step three, either find out who employs such photographers or create your business plan
Step four, If this is to be your business; Create your marketing plan and figure out how your gonna get clients.
Step five, Start shooting, a lot...

I like it, except bring Step 5 to step 1.

Post #11, Oct 13, 2011 19:22:37


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