How to find work

As described on the previous pages there are many places that require new images and photos, the trick is knowing who to approach so that your contact with them is most effective. One of the best resources we can recommend is the Freelance Photographers Market Handbook. This book is published by the Bureau of Freelance Photographers and contains the names and telephone details of the vast majority of newspapers, magazines and agencies out there that require freelance photographers. At a cost of around £15 we cannot recommend this publication enough if you are looking to supply a variety of markets.

Other publications worth a look are the Writers and Artists Yearbook and the Willings Press Guide - both of these publications detail other publications that are in print and may also give contact details.

In our resources section we have also listed a collection of online image libraries that accept submissions. Have a look at the individual web sites for more details of how and when submissions are required and the kind of images they are looking for.

As already discussed local newspapers can be a great place to start. If you are still at school and are considering a career as freelance photographer then why not call your local paper and see if you can gain some work experience with their staff photographer.

As with any other industry, speaking to fellow professionals is a good place to gain advice on finding work. Make best use of online discussion forums, email news groups and while at events that you are covering make sure you speak to other photographers who are on assignment. Like all walks of life you may well end up walking away from some conversations swearing you will never speak to another photographer again, on other occasions you may make a good contact. Speaking to associates is all about networking and to be a successful photographer, like any other form of freelance work; you will find benefit in a wide networking circle.

There really is a wealth of work available to the freelance photographer but like all industries you will succeed or fail on your own merits and early starts and late finishes may well be the norm to get the pictures that no-one else has.


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