A Career in Sport Photography
Here is a short guide to making money from your photos and making a career as a photographer.
There are a large range of job opportunities for photographers, including the following:
- a photographer in a specialist area such as weddings, sports and fashion
- working for a newspaper or magazine
- art and design, stock photos
- fine art photography
What does a Sport Photographer do?
Sports photographers usually work for a newspaper, magazine or an agency which supplies images to those, and often working as a freelancer selling their work to the relevant publications. The job is demanding, requiring a lot of travel and long hours. As a bonus the sports photographer has many opportunities to attend major sporting events, making it a desirable job for the sports fan. It is not all fun though. The job predominantly entails taking pictures of athletes in action, which may require plenty of preparation, long hours waiting and watching for the perfect shot. You will often be working to deadlines, under pressure to get a good shot that can be used.
How to become a Sport Photographer
You need to be skilled and creative but also need to put in a lot of hard work initially for little rewards. A sports photographer will usually need to supply their own photographic equipment. You can start out by building up your own portfolio by taking photos at local sporting events. You will need to promote yourself, as it is a very competitive industry. Show your work to the local paper, looking for small jobs to start. Join a photography club in your area and enroll in basic, intermediate and advanced photography courses. Upload your photos online and hopefully a break will come your way.