By Terreece M. Clarke
You’re a great writer, you’ve got a good reputation, killer clips and a healthy client/editor list. You know that every skill counts, so what skill could you add to increase your income and client appeal?
A journalist is infinitely more helpful and can make more money if they can take a good shot as well as write a great article and writers in other fields are no different. Publications often pay photographers separately than writers to fill the photography requirements of your article, why not funnel that money toward your pocket?
Photography is a complicated art and I would never insult the photography community by suggesting anyone can pick up a camera and become a such an artist. That’s why I suggest taking a basic class or two on photography.
A quick Google search will take you to sites that will give you a few pointers/tips on taking a great shot, but I really recommend taking a class or two. Local recreation centers and community colleges often offer great beginner classes for a minimal amount of money. The hands on lessons are really what makes the difference.
It isn’t necessary or likely you’ll become the next Herb Ritts, but it will make the difference when you’re writing a travel article and you can produce good, clear, interesting shots without the photo faux pas of light poles coming out of people’s heads.
Remember, not only does this give you an edge over writers who will need an additional photographer, but you will also be able to bill for your photos. Be sure you negotiate a photographers fee outside of your writing fees.
So think it over and while you’re thinking take a look at Jennifer’s post “10 places to find free blog images that you won’t get sued for using.”