Plenty of photographers – landscape photographers included – do what they do solely for the sheer joy of it. They love being out in nature and thrive on the challenge of capturing the perfect shots. They’re also content to simply keep their photography to themselves or perhaps share it only with a few close friends and family members.
However, a growing number of photographers crave recognition for what they do. They’re interested in competing or pursuing ways to have their images featured in galleries. Some would love to do what they do for an actual living someday. Here we’ll discuss a few tips to consider if you’re looking to get your work noticed and ultimately recognized.
- Be good at what you do.
This should go without saying, but it’s so important, we’re going to say it anyway. The first order of business is to develop your skill if you haven’t already. Consider taking actual photography courses to get a handle on basic techniques. And practice, practice, practice! It really does make perfect.
- Develop your own unique style.
While it’s essential that you learn your way around your camera and get to know the basics of how to create certain effects, photographers that continually get noticed are producing work that’s unique. Focus on developing a style that’s both interesting and a terrific showcase for your skills. Figure out what your strengths are and play to those. Although it’s fine to explore trends as far as what other photographers seem to be into, it’s important to do it in a way that isn’t too “cookie cutter”.
- Start a photography blog.
Unless they also happen to be inclined to work with the written word, many photographers and visual artists don’t immediately think about the potential pay-offs of starting a blog. However, they absolutely should and here’s why. Writing about topics of interest, sharing your tips, and recording your adventures will help expose your work to a completely new audience. It also provides a framework for your images – a voice to go with the art, so to speak.
- Enter contests every chance you get.
Photography Contests are more than just a fun way to see how your photography stacks up against the competition. They’re also excellent ways to get your work in front of various authorities. (The prizes you can win are pretty cool, too.) For best results, explore a combination of offline and online opportunities. Just be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully before you go ahead with a given option.
- Explore publishing opportunities.
Many people tend to think of publishing opportunities as the kind of thing you explore after you’ve made a name for yourself when they should be thinking of publishing as part of how you make a name for yourself. Open a dialogue with newspapers and magazines in your area. All of them need photos and most are going to be open to considering contributions from freelance photographers. It’s a great way to make a name for yourself and pick up a paycheck at the same time. Explore the possibilities today!