Although I've taken photos all my life, I can see that the key turning point, once I decided to focus on photography as a creative medium (in addition to writing) was making the effort to seek out advanced instruction from working photographers and photographic artists.
Participating in local photography clubs or groups is also very instructive, and something I recommend to newer photographers as a way to improve their skills (and long-time photographers interested in passing on what they know).
How do you find such groups? For me, Meetup.com turned out to be an excellent tool for finding clubs or groups in my area that regularly go out and do shoots as a group.
It works like this: You go to the website, put in the keyword "photography," your city and state,...
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When I was 17, in my first semester of college, I got my first check for something I had written, a whole $17 (coincidentally). It was an amazing feeling, something I've never forgotten, even though I've worked as a writer for some 20 years since. Selling my first photo (last week) , felt very much the same. There's a sense of validation, a quiet thrill, to know you've created something that doesn't just get admiring comments, but that another person thinks is worth paying for.
I sold my second photo this week (cropped below). I have a tiny portfolio, and figure I've got a couple years of work ahead of me to get it to a decent size, as I must fit this around other things, namely my FT writing/editing career and my PT sojourn in graduate school (for at least the next year or two)!
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