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Ross_DavidsonRoss_Davidson Posts: 143
edited May 2010 in MTB general
Hi , im currently studying Media Studies in Sixth Form in North Wales and hoping to progress further in my career in Photography. My dream job would be a Mountain Bike photgrapher but i have no idea where to start! :shock: Just wondering could anyone from past experience or who is currently a Mountain Bike photographer point me in the right direction of hopefulling becoming one :D

Thanks Ross

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  • 1) get a good camera
    2) go take photo's at races
    3) attempt to sell said photo's to riders.
  • jay12jay12 Posts: 6,306
    i'm not a photographer but i know this much:
    1.look for inspiration. pinkbike photos is a good place to start and so are mtb magazines
    2.take photos at races, events, where you ride etc.
    3.be creative
    4.show your portofolio to mtb magazines, websites etc.
  • GHillGHill Posts: 2,402
    Practice, practice, practice. Upload stuff to pinkbike and various Flickr pools, taking the advice you get from there.

    Have a good back up plan. There's a lot of competition (because the field is so small).
  • I'm a photographer by profession and an mtb'er by hobby. Personally I'd NEVER mix the two.

    I'd totally disagree with bigbenj - first be a good business person: run a dry cleaners / insurance sales / plumbers for a few years. If you're good at that you're off to a good start. The very last thing you should do is spend on a "good" camera. Take great photos on a censored camera and SELL them - thats the start.

    Realise that you're in a shrinking market (more competition, less demand).

    Have enough cash behind you to outlast a few tough years.

    Get a good accountant.

    Register for VAT (you can reclaim some of your expenses).

    Have a Unique Selling Point.

    Get some training for your target market.

    Spend 3x more on marketing than on cameras / gear.

    Have a backup plan.

    Be lucky!
  • The very last thing you should do is spend on a "good" camera. Take great photos on a censored camera and SELL them - thats the start

    Spend 3x more on marketing than on cameras / gear.

    Totally agree.
    "it rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again"
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