Before you give your two weeks notice, keep in mind that the money won’t come right away. You have to be persistent; you have to be patient and resilient. These traits are key when mastering the mindset of an entrepreneur, and will sustain you on your path to becoming a successful travel photographer.
Think Big, Start Small
It is important to hone your skills at home before you step out into this new world of travel photography. Arm yourself with practical knowledge of photography and you will already be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Learn how your camera works, not just the buttons and modes, but how each button or each function changes the image. How does adjusting ISO affect the final image? When should you use 1/50 vs. 1/100 shutter speed? What is the exposure triangle and how can you best use that to create the most stunning image possible?
Before you hop on a plane to India (or wherever you decide to go first), spend some time around your hometown mastering every nuance of photography so that you don’t waste time on your trip working out the kinks. Develop a style, find a niche. Do you enjoy photographing people or do you prefer landscape photography? Are you interested in depicting interesting architecture, or are you more keen on capturing beautiful, abstract imagery? Whatever your niche is, to hone in on those skills and identify your priorities before you leave to explore the world will allow you to be much more successful in the long run. Like any professional, to be a successful travel photographer you need to exhibit some degree of focus in your work. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time differentiating yourself from all the other picture-takers.