Being a photographer for the past so many years, I’ve been lucky enough to work on various different projects. It has been perhaps one of the most amazing perks of being a freelance photographer. And the experience I earned while working with so many different people, fulfilling their varying demands, has been just amazing.
However, freelance photography isn’t always easy. Sometimes, finding projects can be quite difficult, especially in the beginning. When I started my journey, I too faced many problems. I had almost no guidance, and I tried to learn on my own. The toughest thing was perhaps finding what I actually wanted to do.
Yes, I know you can’t be picky if you are just starting your journey as a photographer. However, I think it’s always better to have an idea of what your own genre is. It helps you stay on a defined path. And for this very reason, I suggest every budding photographer to figure out what their specialty is as soon as possible.
Don’t know how to do that? Why don’t you learn from the trends?
Here are four of the most trendy freelance photography jobs of all time. Just have a look and try to decide which one’s for you.
Film Set Photography
Do you love watching movies? Who doesn’t, right? Today, we feel so much connected to the people and cultures from all around the globe, all because of movies. And we all wish of being the part of that amazing fantasy world that we watch on our screens.
Well, if you are a photographer, you may be in luck.
Become a film set photographer.
Today, with T.V. and cinema being so popular, production houses are always on the lookout for some freelance photographers to shoot things like posters, banners, and some other promotional materials. However, finding photography work in the film industry may not be very easy, especially as an individual photographer. So, as a suggestion, try to find a union or organization that may help you find the work. You may have to spend some time and extra money on it. But if you really are serious, it will be worth it.
Recently, I was talking to a photographer friend who told me he’s got a project that requires shooting for a political campaign for the upcoming Irvine City Council Election. And it was actually something new for me. Until now, I never thought about political photography projects. But now, when I think of it, it seems to be a great opportunity as a photographer. You will be working with our leaders and will be the first-hand witness to all the work they are doing. Furthermore, with political exposure, you can make great contacts, which can come in really handy working in the future. A win-win situation.
So, how to do it?
Well, election season is upon us. And political leaders are canvassing day and night. They obviously need photographers to cover their rallies and public meetings. I know, getting a chance to cover white house contenders may not seem realistic to new photographers. But you can always visit the office of your local leader and see if you can get some work.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “food?”
Well, if you are anything like me, you just start craving for something good.
(Ahh, now I need something to eat. I think I would just order a pizza.)
Okay, getting back to the topic, if you are a hardcore foodie, I think you just cannot miss an opportunity to shoot some great food stills. Opportunity to visit some great restaurants and shoot some delicious, mouth-watering dishes on the plate- always a yes!
However, in order to be a good food photographer, you may need to study a little food styling. Yes, the restaurants give you dishes that are perfectly plated. But you still need to be creative to understand the best angles and lighting’s, and you need to master manual photography skills. Only when you understand the best styling and structure for your food subject, you can make it seem irresistible to the viewers.
Book Cover Photography
We all have heard at one time or another that you should not judge a book by its cover. Yet, we all do it. In fact, whenever we pick up a book, its cover is the first thing that catches our glance. And it’s the cover only that tells us the mood and the sense of the book. There are many instances when we choose a book just because the cover seems intriguing enough.
So, where do these cover pictures come from?
Many times, they are picked up from a stock website such as Shutterstock. This means you can make great bucks by keeping your previous work on these websites. You can try clicking some great stock pictures sitting at your home. However, if you really want to get into book cover photography or even usual stock photography, your best bet would be to work with an agency. These agencies can provide you with such assignments and also support you in various legal matters if the time comes. They’ll just charge you a little percentage of your profit.