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What it Takes to Become a Successful Photographer

When it comes to becoming a successful photographer, a lot of people often get it all wrong. Oftentimes, people assume that you need a lot of fancy, expensive equipment, and a lot of free time. This feels like an achievable goal to many people, especially college students who are living paycheck to paycheck, and are constantly busy.

Luckily enough, it’s all a misconception, and becoming a photographer is actually a lot easier than you may think. Here are a few tips to help you get an idea of what it really takes to become a successful photographer.


No, you don’t need the best DSLR camera on the internet, you don’t need IR imaging, and you really don’t even need a tripod. Basic equipment you’ll need is an ok camera, which is covered by basically any smartphone on today’s market, although it could also be a cheaper dslr camera as well. When using a smartphone for your photography, a great tool to use is the free photoshop app.


Online schooling is a great way to learn everything you need to know about cameras and photography while keeping costs down, and keeping a more open schedule.

Photography school will help you understand how to make the most of bad situations, and allow you to become the best photographer you can be, with the tools you have. With that said, you can still become successful without schooling.

Practice and a Portfolio

Perhaps the most important part about becoming a photographer is to just do it. Go out and take pictures.. Of everything! Learning in the field is the best way to get the hang of it, and will allow you to get a lot of pictures to show off to potential clients.