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i want to start photography and take portraits of people... like a freelance photographer and charge less than most but........

i dont know where to start! do i have to have a license? what is the best type of camera? and where do I get the prints? i am very intersted in doing this but have no idea where to start what i need etc.... lol hellllp!


Asked by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on Apr. 11, 2010 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • To be a freelance photographer, most likely you do not need a license. But each state is different so you'll have to check the laws with that. If you want professional quality prints, you cannot print at places like Walmart, Costco, Walgreens, etc. These are not professional printing labs, their colors are usually off and even if they are just the slightest, they can make your photography look like crap. Esp if you do edit well, you know that there can be a lot that goes into editing and if you edit a certain way, working with a certain effect to the photo, it could look completely different using those labs. A lot of the pro labs online are great, they can color correct, you can calibrate your monitor (highly suggested), etc.

    For cameras, it depends on your budget. The bottom line of a DSLR to start out with is a XSi or XTi for Canon. For Nikon, it's around the D70-D90. Those models. But yes, are others. (cont)

    Answer by my2luvbugs at 12:18 PM on Apr. 16, 2010

  • Hmm, have you considered taking a class at a community college? They would be able to teach you all kinds of techniques, editing, and what you need in a computer. There is alot to learn and at the same time you will be enhancing your craft.

    Answer by MamaChamp at 3:57 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • well i know how to edit well.... i just dont know any types of cameras or a professional quality print shop....

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:03 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • Well if you think you already have all the skills then go to a bookstore and look at some books on starting a photography business. That should give you all the info you need.

    Answer by MamaChamp at 4:09 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • types of cameras are: Canon, Sony, Nikon. There's film camera's and digital cameras. You can have prints made if you don't have a printer at : Walgreen's, Wal-mart, Kodak..just to name a few. I would look into taking a photography class as well. You can check out photobucket and a photoshop to play with your photos and get creative and do some editing.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:23 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • on you can find refurbished cameras that are really nice that work well for this sort of thing. and like pp said you can print them at walgreens or just sell cd's to the people.

    Answer by angevil53 at 4:30 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • My friend took photograpyh and business clasees part time for 2 years @ local community college and is now taking family pictures and making a little extra money. She took my children's senior pictures and did a great job for $300 less than the local photography studios. I recommend her to everyone. I guees my answer is, educate yourself about lighting, digital photos and how to run a business. Good luck

    Answer by momx3gx1b at 5:53 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • What I can suggest to you is do not just jump into opening a business. If you decide to do freelance, spend a good 1-2 yrs (some do more), portfolio building. This means free sessions to family, friends, referrals. You can charge slightly above base cost for prints (to cover your time in editing, prints, shipping) but when you get a new camera, you need to know HOW to work it. Not just put it on Auto or "portrait" mode and go to town. ;)

    One of the BEST things you can do, esp to see if you REALLY are up to opening a business one day is to assist another professional in your area for a couple of years. It's amazing how much you will learn from them, both photography and business-wise. Too many people think that all a photography biz is photographing and printing and don't really know the business side to it or have a great knowledge of photography itself. HTH!

    Answer by my2luvbugs at 12:22 PM on Apr. 16, 2010