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Getting Started is the Hardest Part

Most young photographers find it difficult to get started as a journalist. Start young, and the single most important factor is dedication. You will take pictures of subjects that are not very interesting or just unimportant but you have to start somewhere. I started taking photos of junior varsity sports at my high school and in a few years I was shooting for ESPN The Magazine. Go find a local club or sports team and offer to take pictures of them. Even if you start for free, but remember, all photographers have to eat, so make sure you do make money. Sell the pictures to the subjects or a local magazine or newspaper.

A Message from the Professional

Ted Spiker is a professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication, he specializes in magazine publications.

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