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You Will Need
- Photography skills
- A good camera or camera phone
Buy a camera
If you're serious about earning a living photographing celebrities, invest in a good camera. Otherwise, a good camera phone will do.
Take at least one photography class. The beauty of being a paparazzo is that even grainy photos are sellable, but you don't want to screw up a great shot with a rookie mistake.
Follow the stars
Go where the stars are -- movie premieres, hot nightclubs, tony restaurants, popular coffee shops, upscale hotels, elite gyms, and designer boutiques. To find out where stars hang out, just buy a couple of celebrity magazines.
Cultivate relationships with people who can alert you to a celebrity's whereabouts -- doormen, bartenders, waiters, personal trainers, and so on. Expect to pay them a 25% cut of any sale you make.
Make friends with tabloid editors
Develop good relationships with tabloid editors so you can land assignments. Celebrity magazines often pay paparazzi day rates to follow a particular celebrity or cover a star's wedding.
Tail one celebrity
Increase your chances of landing a six-figure exclusive by focusing all your time and attention on one worldwide celebrity.
Get a star's attention
When you spot a celebrity, get their attention by yelling something likely to make them curious enough to turn around.