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Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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So you want to be a Photographer

Photography is everywhere - on ads, posters, billboards, and in magazines and newspapers, encompassing just about every subject, from food to high fashion.

Photographers, as a result, can find a career in a variety of fields, but all photographers require a blend of artistic and technical skills. Just like these, er, memes in their honour.

In the past two decades, technology has transformed photography as quick as a flash (pun intended). For the most part, gone are the days of developing film in a darkroom to instantaneously seeing a shot image on a digital camera. Software, such as Photoshop, can help photographers fine tune the perfect shot, and to professional photographers, Instagram doesn’t count.

A day in the life of a photographer depends on their field of work. Wedding photographers, for example, may find themselves busy every Saturday in June, whereas photojournalists go where and when the news takes them. A photography career can be as much of a lifestyle as it is a job.

The starting salary for photographers tends to be on the lower end of the pay scale, but as their experience increases and portfolio of work improves, their compensation certainly can grow, as well.

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Article by: Tina Costanza: siliconrepublic.ie