My wife and I have 'sold up' and have bought a motorhome and are going travelling around Europe for a couple of years (setting off in May) before we decide where we are going to settle back down. I am hoping to use this time to break into the world of Freelancing (as well as the great experiance it will be for us both). I have been doing the British Freelance Photographers course and am about half way through, bought a new camera and really enjoying learning the more advanced aspects. I have made a list of magazines and libraries etc so should hopefully be able to make a bit of a go of it, and at least build some experiance on the way. So I would be very grateful for some general help and guidance from you on both sides - any suggestions on destinations and any help you can give on the freelancing side. Our current plan is to have a month in the UK (New Forest, Devon and Cornwall) to get into it all and get used to the van and then get a ferry to Norway early may and spend 3/4 months in scandinavia before heading south through Estonia, Latvia, Poland etc.
Wow, that's a great step you're taking there. I wish I had some advice or somethign useful to add but I don't. I'm jealous. Best of luck!
Cheers tyboulder, at the end of the day if the freelancing doesnt work out then it will still be a great 2 year holiday!!!
10 more working days..................
That's going to be some trip!
From what I've read about trying to break into the travel photography business the thing to consider is what's going to sell and what sort of shots picture libraries are short of.
You're going to be travelling through some countries that haven't been 'photographed to death' and that are becoming increasingly popular destinations, so that's got to put you in a good position.
Are you shooting digital or film? Obviously the image quality is paramount when it comes to selling your work!
Have a great trip and good luck - make sure you post some of your pictures here!
Morning Mikey B!
Yes hopefully it will be "some trip" !! Cant wait to be off.
I am shooting digital on a Nikon D70 so do get some pretty high quality RAWs which convert to TIFF sizes that are becoming more and more widely accepted.
Have bought a market handbook from the BFP which gives loads of useful information and contacts so will be contacting a few magazines before we set off to see if I can get them interested in some articles with pictures, have also got a list of suitable libraries when I have built up some more stock.
Will also post some here as part of the diary submissions (linked to).
Doing a month in this country first as a "practice run" down in the New Forest, Cornwall and Devon - all very photographic places and then catch the ferry to Norway in early May......... not too long to go ............