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How to make friends and work together in the photography industry

The post How to make friends and collaborate in the photography industry first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Karthika Gupta.

Have you ever seen a photo meeting or have you ever experienced it? Or even just walked into a camera store and spent some time observing people who interact with each other in the store? It is as if we photographers speak a different language, live in a different world or even belong to a cult. Of course, I mean this without any kind of disrespect. Photographers and photography enthusiasts are in a class of their own. We are all excited about new lens and equipment, talking in F-stops and ISO settings, and some of us save years and years to buy a certain brand of camera or lens!

Ballet-inspired stylized shoot collaboration with other wedding vendors Karthika Gupta

The photography industry is growing rapidly – not only in technology, but also in the number of people who are ambitious photographers or even hobbyists. With easier access to equipment and a wealth of free education around, photography is a career choice for almost every generation. However, it also means that many people do the same or similar things. Most photographers think about industry competition at one time or another to be at the forefront of the kind of money and work they think they need to move forward.

I want to assure you that it is possible to live in this space. There is more than enough work to go around. Your colleagues ' s and colleagues ' s are not going to grab you ' or ' steal the work from you. ' Let go of that scarcity mindset and instead think of how you can work with your competitors in ways that can become a win-win for both of you.

Often the colleges and friends you make in industry do more for you than you can imagine. They steer their landing your way, and you make true friendships with people who speak the same language as you. You can also collaborate on creative projects that improve your own skills as an artist.

There are different ways to make friends and work together in the photography industry.

1. Attend congresses and photography related events

There is nothing like taking a bunch of photographers in a room to talk shop and discuss the latest and greatest gear and techniques. The energy and lessons at such events are incredible. Most conferences and events get the best speakers and teachers, so this is a great way to improve your skills and also meet some of your mentors and peers.

As someone who has started speaking and teaching at conferences and events, I am just as nervous about going on stage as you may be to come to an event! However, I am so happy to meet my people and talk about it – people who love photography as much as I do.

So go with an open mind and be prepared to put yourself out there to make real connections and friends.

Foodstyling and photography of food photography Collaborate with other photographers Karthika Gupta

I had the opportunity to attend a conference and took a number of courses for making food styling and food photography. While I was there, I made some great friends who were very positive about each other's work to date.

2. Join local groups

If traveling for a conference or event is not your thing, there are many local chapters and groups that are specific to photography thanks to apps such as Meetup and Eventbrite. Some groups routinely go out and take pictures. Others have workshops and lessons where members exchange ideas and knowledge. Find what works for you and be open to as much or more than what you receive.

3. Connect with photographers you admire

I have to admit; this is one of my favorite ways to make contact with others in the photography room. Most photographers are on social media because it's such a great visual tool to show your work. So I find it easy to find photographers whose work I admire in the social field and regularly interact with them. Sometimes it's a ' like & # 39 ;, other times it's a comment or a direct message (DM). Nothing crazy or crazy, I just say hello and compliment them on something that I like. This is not a place to ask for favors or for work. Instead, this is a place to connect and be social. The more involved you become, the more familiar you become. When the time comes to work together or work together, let that happen organically.

Don't ask open questions or ask them to choose their brains. Instead, do your research and ask intelligent questions. Ask about their motivation or inspiration or an achievement that they are proud of. Maybe you might wonder how they get a creative slump … everything that's human for you and for them.

Work with other photographers Karthika Gupta

I worked with another photographer that I met online. I spent a weekend in her house and created a fantastic work that I am most proud of.

4. Be kind and cordial

Always be kind and cordial. It does not matter what stage of business you are in, always remember that you have also started at the bottom of the ladder. Just because you have achieved ' achieved & # 39 ;, that doesn't mean you have to be rude. On the other hand, do the same for those who contact other photographers. We are all in the same boat. You will become sincere friends if you are honest and sincere. You will simply eliminate people if you are insincere.

5. Offer something of value – no, it is not always money

I am a school of thought that money is not the ultimate form of success. Yes, we need money to survive – to put food on the table, to pay the rent and other necessary things – but there are many people who are motivated by something other than money.

Find your passion and find what feeds your soul. The money will certainly follow.

If you collaborate with others, you offer something of value. When you work together with other creative people, you propose your best foot, so that the joint effort is worth gold. That way it is a victory for everyone included.

Stylized shoot and portfolio structure of Karthika Gupta

I led a stylized shoot for new wedding photographers and therefore collaborated with many suppliers who received photos in exchange for products and services – a win-win for everyone.

6. Before and after going through is important and essential

When collaborating with other creative people, communication about expectations and results is crucial. It is important that everyone is on the same page so that each party knows what to do and what they will get out of it.

Communication can be both formal and informal, you all agree with that. Usually everyone packs or brings something of value (time, talent, props) to the table. After the collaboration, people share each other's work, criticize and sometimes even share images for each other's portfolios.

No matter which process you use, make sure everyone agrees.

It is also important to provide a debriefing about cooperation. Find out what worked and what didn't work. How can you make it better next time? Make sure you tackle any problems so that you can all walk away with a positive experience.

Collaboration is not only with other photographers. It can also include suppliers and companies in your specialty. You can trade goods and services in exchange for photos. Pre- and post-follow-up are critical here so that all expectations are met.

Work with suppliers and companies and not just with other photographers.

Cooperation, if done properly, should be a mutually beneficial arrangement. By working together with others, you can learn, improve yourself and also help others. It is a very healthy and creative way to inspire and be inspired while working on something unusual.

Have you worked on a number of fantastic projects? Share your experiences with the DPS community in the comments below.

The post How to make friends and collaborate in the photography industry first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Karthika Gupta.

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