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Photographer needed for photoshoot in Warsaw, Poland
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 6 minutes ago

$500
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

We are looking for a relatively experienced photographer for a quick and short employee photoshoot in Warsaw, Poland. The subject will…

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Times Square NY 5 -min Video shoot
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 3 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

We need a photographer to record a 5-min video on Times Square (Nasdaq building Rotunda electronic billboard-display). Our client’s ad…

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Jewellery photographer and editor in Dubai
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 4 hours ago

$136
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Looking for a photographer to visit our ofiice and take jewellery pictures in our lightbox and software using our camera. We have thre…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Entry
Experience Level

I’m a small-batch jewelry manufacturer looking for lifestyle photography shots to bring life to my silver jewelry brands. I already hav…

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Conference Photographer (2 days)
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 5 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

We are looking for a local photographer based in Ho Chi Minh to photograph our conference 'PI Apparel Vietnam' at the Sheraton Saigon H…

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$400
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Need public photographs of several Romanian public personalities, activists, politicians and independent journalists. They can be in pu…

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Jewellery photography and editing trainer Dubai
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 4 hours ago

$100
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I want someone to teach professional jewellery photography and editing.

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Instagram photography Rome
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 4 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

I would like to hire a photographer in Rome who can take a few pictures of me around the city for social media purposes.

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Need a photographer for the product shooting(dog product)
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 hours ago

$700
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

The product is a splash pad: https://www.amazon.com/Raxurt-Anti-Slip-Thickened-Backyard-Fountain/dp/B09M2LFT62/ref=sr_1_17?keywords=Pet…

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Blending in 3 family photos on a virtual background Fixed-price ‐ Posted 9 hours ago

$80
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

Hi. I need professional to merge 3 family photos on a background. My work (first photo) is not good Enough (my little girl is not blend…

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How to Become a Freelance Photographer

If you’re passionate about capturing all of life’s moments and beauty, you may enjoy starting your own photography business and becoming a professional freelance photographer on Upwork, the world’s largest freelance talent platform.

What does a photographer do?

Professional photographers are often responsible for capturing high-quality photos, setting up photography scenes and lighting, and verifying the subjects’ aesthetics before beginning a shoot. Photographers often edit and retouch images to get the desired results.

Photographers may be involved in industries such as modeling, wedding planning, real estate, industrial design, photojournalism, 3-D animation, and more. They may work in a variety of work environments, including establishing their own studios, freelancing for other photographers, and working with businesses.

What skills do I need to become a freelance photographer?

No degree is required to become a freelance photographer, but potential clients are most comfortable working with a freelance photographer who has a college degree, like a bachelor’s degree in photography, graphic design, fine arts, or a related field. The education you’ll receive when earning a degree will help you to learn about and explore the different types of photography and techniques you may need during your career. This is also where you’ll learn about lighting, the basics of photo editing, and your camera settings, including shutter speed, depth of field, and more. You might also want to take photography classes to demonstrate that you’re continuing to develop your skills.

Many freelance photographers rely on their work history, testimonials, and social media to make money. Specific work experience in high-demand fields like digital photography, portrait photography, and wedding photography can help you to land more photography jobs. Don’t forget that it’s also important to put together a quality portfolio of your work.

Most photographers benefit from certain valuable skills:

  • Creativity. Photography is a highly competitive field, but a creative and unique approach to the art can help your work to stand out.
  • Attention to detail. Tiny details have major implications in photography. A photographer who pays attention to all of the details, from subject placement to lighting, can often get the best images.
  • Marketing talents. Self-employed photographers are responsible for all of their marketing, so a knowledge of branding, social media marketing, and advertising can be very beneficial.
  • An eye for design. Photographers need to choose backgrounds and compose photos so that they’re appealing, and an understanding of design helps them to do this successfully.
  • Knowledge of photo-editing software. Photographers rely on software lik Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom, and they need to understand how to use the software well.
  • Communication skills and interpersonal skills. Photographers who are clear communicators can help to ensure that their work meets their clients’ expectations. Interpersonal skills are particularly important for portrait photographers and photojournalists, who work closely with other people daily.

Should I get a freelance photographer certification?

Certifications in photography can help your photography career and help you stand out amongst the crowd. Certifications are available in multiple photography specializations:

  • Certified Professional Photographer
  • Certified Drone Photographer
  • Certified Wedding Photographer

You don’t have to be certified to work as a freelance photographer, though clients may be willing to pay more for a photographer who carries one or more certifications.

What are the job responsibilities of a freelance photographer?

Job responsibilities for professional freelance photographers vary based on their specialization and work environment, but certain photographer duties are somewhat standard:

  • Communicate with clients as photo sets and photo shoots are completed to ensure the themes and other aspects, such as photo angles and lighting, are on-point
  • Monitor photo outputs to ensure equipment is functionally useful (clean lenses in case of smudging, apply protective equipment for scenes involving fluid, etc.)
  • Edit and process photos to the client’s specifications.
  • Develop or ship prints as-needed, based on contract terms.

Upwork is not affiliated with and does not sponsor or endorse any of the tools or services discussed in this section. These tools and services are provided only as potential options, and each reader and company should take the time needed to adequately analyze and determine the tools or services that would best fit their specific needs and situation.

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