Can you think of an easier job than taking pictures? It does seem pretty simple when you see travel photographers here and there shotting every second. But, how easy is it indeed to make photography a living? Depending on the kind of travel photographer that you decide to be, it can be quite simple to accomplish or really demanding as it goes. Perhaps when you think of the concept of travel photographer you do not take into account the downsides of the duty. However, we can assure you that there is much more of fun than boredom when embracing the adventurous job of picturing the path you follow either along driveways, on a boat overseas or crossing through the clouds on a plane. Keep reading below to learn how to become a travel photographer and make money out of it.
Requirements to become a travel photographer
If you are interested in traveling the world while you take good shots, be sure they are really good. That is to say, you have to have a certain amount of qualities to be a good photographer. Indeed, it is not about clicking constantly that little button of your camera. First, make sure you have got the abilities to catch good moments, landscapes, and faces to take them to the top in a single shot. It is not easy whatsoever, is it? Also, being a travel photographer usually requires extreme work schedules such as getting up quite early in the morning or staying up late night. Sometime it even requires you to stand up before sunrise or after everyone is sleeping. Either way it requires concentration, good mood and the best eye possible.
But do not get discouraged, though. Requirements to be a travel photographer range also on the side of creativity. Someone once said that photographers picture themselves through picturing others. It is here where you have the opportunity to show to the world what you are made of as you blossom by taking the best shots of your travel. Finally, you will need a great capability to cope with marvelous landscapes, people, and everything you find on your way.
What kind of jobs exactly?
We have seen so far that being a travel photographer demands a certain amount of effort, and that it does not come up over night. The quality of your pictures and what you can do with them will depend greatly on your creativity and imagination. But, what will you be able to actually do with all of those shots? Actual jobs as a travel photographer vary from freelancing, to working for the press, not to mention to work independently. Being a freelancer seems to be the economic activity of the century. It has its con and pros, but what gives it that power of spread around the world is the easiness when commitment is needed.
Freelancing will give you the chance, in a certain manner, of choosing with whom you like to work instead of undergoing long selection processes in a company. For example, you can freelance for design and advertising companies and make some money with your photos.
Furthermore, you can work for a journal, magazine, or publishing house even when you are traveling. This is possible thanks to the press’ need for current pictures of both exotic and non-exotic places around the world. Paychecks in this job are usually higher that the previous one, and it might require a little less effort.
Finally, if you are definitely not in the mood of working for anyone, you just can start up your own business even if you are traveling. It is true that this one last piece of idea might be more adventurous than the previously presented ones, but it is strong enough for brave people. You can make postcards out of your photographs! It is inexpensive, and it can give you the chance to share your job with the world. Eventually, you will gain a certain prestige and reputation depending on your work quality. Just choose your best, nicest shots, print them out on a decent photography paper, and offer them in souvenir shops, shopping malls, chain stores, and even parks and touristic landmarks as you travel. Do you want to even improve more your work? Put a famous quotation on it, or why not one of yours about the thoughts you have got when you visited a particular place. It will certainly give it more power and uniqueness, and people will love it.