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Let's assume I already understand the basics:

  • Exposure (both ambient and using lighting equipments)
  • Composition
  • Perspective correction
  • Large camera movements (tilt/shift/rise ...)
  • Image postprocessing, etc etc

And have a portofolio, say consists of relatives/friends houses and public building photos. Then how I should look for my first paid job?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This question is likely to be answered with opinions rather than facts and citations. It should be updated so it will lead to fact-based answers. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 28, 2023 at 6:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ When there are 20-30 qualified experienced photographers for most every commercial job, it's all about who you know that can get you in the door. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Feb 28, 2023 at 9:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelC are you suggesting to work as their assistant, say 2 or 3 years, before working on your own? \$\endgroup\$
    – anta40
    Apr 9, 2023 at 18:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ No, I'm suggesting that unless you know customers that need commercial work done you're not likely to get any. If those experienced pros getting work need assistants, they already know dozens of experienced pros to call... \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Apr 10, 2023 at 5:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelC So you are suggesting to pick different genre for commercial work? I'm thinking about product or wedding... more competitors even on entry level, unfortunately. \$\endgroup\$
    – anta40
    May 5, 2023 at 15:13

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A lot of jobs are referrals. Assuming you had a kit & ability to edit and have a process to deliver a sellable product, ie deliverable page. You got to start somewhere, and it's good to trip over yourself in the process to really learn the ropes. You must learn to sell. If you grab a real yellow pages for your town, you can find unlimited income by cold-calling everyone in that book. Introducing yourself as a new architectural photographer in the area, and you'll be in their area and if you could update their exterior & interior imagery, and wondering if you can set up a time next week Monday or tuesday, would morning or afternoon work better?? Call everyone, because everyone knows someone. If they ask how much, $5 a photo

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Ahh.. "learn to sell". Something we, enthusiasts usually forget that professional photography isn't about your technical skill alone... \$\endgroup\$
    – anta40
    Apr 9, 2023 at 18:46

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