Typical work day when I'm on assignment includes location scouting, co-ordinating time of shoot with a contact person, always communicating what the clients wants and time of shooting. After the shoot I usually go back to my computer to download my pictures and do a back up. I do a rough edit, I mark the best images. If needed, I send them to the client to get some feedback.
Shoot as much as possible, ask for feedback from people who are more experienced than you, be open to feedback, practice, learn from mistakes, and be patient but persistent.
Here's the first step for professionals
Know it is not going to be easy and smooth and be OK with it.
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