How to Be a Paparazzo

These days, anyone can make big bucks selling celebrity pictures. You just need to know some tricks of the trade.

You will need

  • Photography skills
  • A good camera or camera phone
  • Doggedness

Step 1 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.

Step 2 Study photography 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.

Step 3 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.

Step 4 Cultivate sources 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.

Step 5 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.

Step 6 Tail one celebrity Increase your chances of landing a six-figure exclusive by focusing all your time and attention on one worldwide celebrity.

Step 7 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.