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What it Takes to be a Professional Photographer

with Michael Clark

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   03 Perception vs. Reality


Class duration: 1h 22m

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About The Class

Preparation for working full time

Working as a pro photographer takes commitment, passion and tons of hard work. Many think pro photographers are on an extended vacation and happen to take a few photos while traveling the globe non-stop. While many photographers do travel quite a bit, and some go to exotic locations, the reality is quite different than the perception. In this 90-minute class we will discuss what it takes to be a pro photographer including how to perfect your craft, dial in your marketing, build a following and how to find clients that will hire you. By the end of this class you should have a level-headed, realistic view of what a photography career might entail.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Choosing a Genre

  3. 03

    Perception vs. Reality

  4. 04

    Supply and Demand

  5. 05

    How to Turn Pro

  6. 06

    What it Takes to Survive

  7. 07

    Marketing 101

  8. 08

    Consolidate Your Brand

  9. 09

    Build a Following

  10. 10

    Never Stop Learning

  11. 11

    Do Your Homework

  12. 12

    Get an Accountant

  13. 13

    Stay Up to Date

  14. 14

    Accept Risk

  15. 15

    Diversifying Your Income

  16. 16

    Be Professional

  17. 17

    Expand Your Business


Meet Your Expert

Michael Clark

Michael Clark is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, big-wave surfers and mountain bikers in remote locations around the world.  ... read more

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  • Todd

    November 2017

    I come to CreativeLive as much for inspiration and motivation as much as for instruction. This class was a downer as far as inspiration goes. The instructor made me feel like he doesn't really want people to pursue a career in photography. I get setting realistic expectations, but there were a lot of "If this happens....forget it, your career is over, you're done" statements. I need some "You can do it!", quick!

  • Robin Sebastian

    January 2020

    I think that Michael makes creatives take off their rosey sunglasses and see the business of professional photography as it really is. You might not want to hear everything that he says but he shares some very honest and important information here that people coming into the business should only ignore at their own peril. Established photographers are probably in full agreement with what he has said here. This class is a must watch for any aspiring pro photographer! Four thumbs up!!

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