How to get started In Professional Photojournalism
Have you ever considered about getting a career in photojournalism? It’s like any other job, to be established in photojournalism you need time and effort. Photojournalism industry is a competitive business, controlled by editors. In other words, even if you think highly of your photographs others might not.
To help you break into the photojournalism world, here are some tips I take from my photojournalist colleagues.
In any professions there is no doubt that you will need to be certified, how? Get schooled! You may think that photography does not necessarily require a degree, if you don’t have a degree you may want to take a least some courses, so you can put it in your resume later. But sometimes if you have already had a very strong portfolio of images it may open you the way.
- Focus your photograph on People.
Photojournalism is the documentation of what is going on around us, try focusing to shoot only the people around you, what’s going on around you. Nothing illustrated more accurately than photographs of people doing the things people do. Set your sensitivity and awareness to your highest. In every event, always to focus on the people.
- Write Good Captions.
Concentrate on writing good captions. Who? What? When? Where? Are the most conceptual how to create a good caption, provide your photograph with the facts and the caption can clarify your image.
- Create a Website a Start a Blog.
It’s the easiest and cheapest way to promote yourself, have your portfolio set up on your web and contact information about yourself. Write a blog and post a photo at least twice a week, this will test you on how consistent you are, people who follow your blog will know and comment on your blog, this is a great way to learn and expose yourself to the world.
- Get your work seen and Be Persistent.
Submit your photo to someone who have the position to publish it. It is easy to find the name of the editor of the newspaper or magazine, you can email or call them, offer them your photographs, if your photos are good enough, the editor will notice. To tell you the truth editors are busy people, so if you continue to contact them, but not too often, say about at least once a month and the search for a good photograph, you will eventually crack your way.