How to network with photographers when you're a beginner

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When you first cut your teeth as a photographer, it can be tempting to fixate on the technical aspects of the job. And while camera settings and light techniques are important, if you're planning on earning a steady income from your camera, then it's vital to learn about the business side of being a professional photographer as well.

Knowing how to develop meaningful relationships within the industry can be of vital importance – even if you don't see an initial and obvious reason to do so. You never know when someone might get back in touch with a potential opportunity, so learning how to network is a great way to help set yourself up as a pro. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!