04. Shoot for free
It sticks in our craw to write this, but given the lousy rates in many areas of photography at the moment, you might have to give it away for a while.
Family and friends are likely to bite your hand off if you offer to shoot their wedding or do some proper portraits of their kids, but just make sure you don’t mess it up.
05. Contact local press
If you’re a budding document photographer, maybe you can get more experience by offering to cover some stories for the local paper?
Photography budgets have been slashed, so their hard-pressed news ‘tog might be grateful for the help.
Again you shouldn’t expect to get paid much, but it will get you out there shooting.
06. Join a club or aim for a distinction
The best way to get a bigger portfolio is to get out there taking more pictures, but if you need motivating to do this, why not join your local camera club?
They often hold competitions, which will encourage you to get out there more (indeed, entering more camera competitions generally is good advice…).
Aiming for a widely recognised distinction, such as those organised by the Royal Photographic Society in the UK, will also get you concentrating on putting together a really good portfolio of work and hopefully give you some letters after your name.
07. Brush up your writing skills
If you reckon you know enough about photography to be able to write about it, why not set up a blog, or offer to write for an established one?
Blogging tends to be easier to break into than writing for a magazine, and being given a (hopefully paid) commission to go and photograph something is a great motivator.
The more you are published, the easier it gets to attract new work.
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