There are many, many travel photography blogs out there. It’s a really competitive environment, because it is such a sought-after, idealized job.
Who wouldn’t want a job where they can combine the things they love, travel and photography, and earn enough to keep themselves safe and well, whilst working for themselves, with no big corporation or news outlet to please?
But it’s not as easy as it sounds. You’ve got to have a number of things in place; you can’t just drop one job and expect to make a living from travel photography straight away. Either you’ve been doing it part time for a while, or you have a healthy savings account to keep you going for the first difficult few months, or longer.
Here are 9 things to bear in mind:
- Only practice will make you a better photographer. As Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Keep traveling and keep taking photographs.
- You need to really get to know an area to take interesting photos of it. When you stop taking the obvious photo, the tourist postcard shot, then you know you’ve really got it.
- Getting to know people and finding out the traditions that they have in that area can give a true sense of the place. Go to a small café and order the special on the menu. Traveling is about eating the same as the people that live there, not trying to find what you like from back home. It’s about discovering in the back streets of Barcelona that most restaurants are closed at lunchtime for siesta, and then stumbling on the one busy little place in the Barri Gòtic with the menu in Catalan.
- Have several ideas of what you might do with your images to make you some income. Be open-minded about your sources, and keep having new ideas.
- Become a good writer too. If you can write clearly and succinctly about the things you’ve photographed, you get to tell the story yourself, instead of allowing someone else to do it for you. Just as taking more photographs will make you a better photographer, the more you write, the better you will become.
- Learn how to promote yourself on social media. Contacts are made through Twitter, and Facebook, and LinkedIn. It gives both parties a chance to consider each other’s work before they contact each other, and sometimes a partnership can work without ever needing to meet in person.
- Don’t be afraid to do a bit of everything. If you’ve learned how to use social media and design your own website, then why not use your skills to help other businesses or freelancers?
- Don’t forget that your home town is distant and exotic to other people. If you need to take a break from traveling and return home, don’t despair, keep looking for the adventure nearer to home. It’s the place you know the best, and there’s always someone out there who wants to visit.
- Keep learning new things. Wherever you are, whether on the road, or taking time out, there’s always something new to learn. Why not learn some new photography software skills and try out PortraitPro today. If there are people in your images, it’s the fastest way to enhance their look. For all your other travel images, whether it’s street photography, or beautiful landscapes, Smart Photo Editor can give you some fantastic creative effects. Finding a new way to edit your images can give you an edge over all the other people who do the same things that you want to do.