Becoming a Professional Photographer by Taking Shortcuts

People will tell you there are no shortcuts, but that is only true if you think a shortcut is a magic “Masterpiece” mode in your camera or a special action in Photoshop.

Going from point A to point B is the ultimate goal. If you have already reached your destination it doesn’t matter how short or how long the path has been. You’ve made it! However, if you are at the beginning of your journey, it’s good to know the shortcuts, because there are many other goals to achieve in this life than spending it only on one. The shortcut is the ability to focus only only on the things that truly matter and make a huge difference.

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6 Ways Travel Can Jumpstart (And Advance) Your Career

Traveling is time well spent. In recounting their travels, the women at Unearth Women, a print and digital travel resource for women, demonstrate that traveling can both fill your soul and make you a better professional. Co-founder Kelly Lewis reminds herself that she can navigate through workplace adversity. “I catch myself in tough moments and think, ‘You hiked Machu Picchu. You got this!,’” says Lewis. Here are six ways travel can help you better advocate for yourself and your career:

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Ships and wrecks: the UK’s best coastal photography – in pictures

Photographers across the UK have just two weeks to enter their best images of the sea in an annual photography competition run by national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. The competition, which closes on Monday 13 August, encourages amateur and professional photographers to submit pictures that best encapsulate Britain’s enduring connection with the sea, to celebrate the nation’s proud maritime heritage and our reliance on seafarers. The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, now 179 years old, is on the lookout for images including ships and wrecks, seascapes, industry and leisure for its sixth annual photography competition, sponsored by the Fishmongers’ Company and supported by Nautilus International

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Avoiding Tropes and Being Original in Photography

Photography is full of tropes and established looks, and that’s fine; after all, they’ve become mainstays at least partially because they’re solid, effective styles. Nonetheless, if we never work outside those common styles, we’re losing out on a lot of creativity.

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17 Types of Photography: Which Niche is Right for You?


The best thing about being a beginner and aspiring photographer is that you are free to explore virtually every photography niche there is. Fashion, photojournalism, sports, events—armed with a camera, you can try it all out and improve your skill at the same time.

But as you gain more experience in photography, you’ll find that it’s hard to master a specific style if you don’t stick to it. In fact, it may be the very thing that could be holding you back from being successful in a particular niche.

In this article, we’ll help you understand some of the most popular niches in photography, what they’re like, and how you can excel in each of them.