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How do I turn into a pro photographer


AlexArt 8 57
18 Sep 2006 5:50PM
...I meant earning a living...I really like phptpgraphy, like all of you, guys please give me some hint!

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Boyd 11 11.2k 11 Wales
18 Sep 2006 5:59PM
Take photographs that people are willing to buy.
Simple really.
;o)
JohnHawthorne 9 1.7k 5 Scotland
18 Sep 2006 6:08PM
Tut tut Boydo, not that simple. You need to then sell those photos. Wink


Quote:how do I turn into a pro photographer

You make it sound like some alien creature that you want to transmogrify yourself into!
AlexArt 8 57
18 Sep 2006 6:16PM

Quote: You make it sound like some alien creature that you want to transmogrify yourself into!


My point was that I want to do someting that I enjoy doing and also earn a living at the same time. Since I am not a pro photographer, I believe, there are, most probably, some pros and cons about it. I do understand that this is a very competeitive line of work.
AlexArt 8 57
18 Sep 2006 6:18PM

Quote:Take photographs that people are willing to buy.
Simple really.



I have seem many excellent pgotos posted here...are people wiiling to buy them all? Is it just about that Boyd?
JohnHawthorne 9 1.7k 5 Scotland
18 Sep 2006 6:22PM
No, see my reply. More of it is marketing than you realise.

It might be better for you though to post a few pictures to get help with your photography so you can improve. Also putting some personal information in your profile about where you are with photography, what your interests are, what equipment you have, what experience you have, etc., will help people give much better advice. Your question is so vague people are not bothering to reply.
AlexArt 8 57
18 Sep 2006 6:37PM

Quote:Your question is so vague people are not bothering to reply.


Thank you John. I will Post some photos I have a dial up connection it is too slow to upload! Will get braodband in a week time!

I believe you are right waht you are saying.

I just bought a NikonD70S; Lenses: Nikor 18-70+Tamron 70-300. I used (sometime still use) to use minolta XD7 35 mm film SLR.
Mark_Readman 9 922
18 Sep 2006 6:41PM
be prepared to work 7 days a week and up to 15 hours a day and live off cold beans
AlexArt 8 57
18 Sep 2006 6:45PM

Quote:Be prepared to work 7 days a week and up to 15 hours a day and live off cold beans


Can you say more, please! Is it that hard?
keithh e2
10 23.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
18 Sep 2006 6:52PM
There are probaly less than 10% of all professional photographers who make more than 30K/year...

...and some who struggle to reach 15K.


Many come to hate photography...some forget why they liked it in the first place and a few actually grow to love it more.

and you're probably not ready yet.....but it can be worth it.
Nike55 8 956 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2006 8:29PM

Quote:You make it sound like some alien creature that you want to transmogrify yourself into!


What's wrong with being an alien??
Simon007 8 10
18 Sep 2006 8:34PM
Def. agree 7 days a week if you work for yourself. You can 'get a job' as a photographer or work for yourself or freelance. You will end up working long hours. I do, but I love it & it's all I ever wanted to do.

75% Marketing / 25% Photography if you're lucky!!!
AlexArt 8 57
18 Sep 2006 8:36PM

Quote:and you're probably not ready yet.....but it can be worth it.


Keith would tell me what do you mean that I am not ready yet? Please!

May be you have a valid point. But I have made up my mind I will endeavour to succeed! Buy many of your help!
zeon2001_uk 10 135
18 Sep 2006 8:37PM
Hey thought I'd give you some encouragement Smile
As of February 2006 I earn 100% of my income from photography and its great! Basically I soon learnt that the pictures are almost irrelivant, what matters is getting yourself out there and getting yourself known to the people. Getting the customers is the hard bit, taking the photos is the easy bit.
I started off with a D70 and an 18-70mm. Unfortunately I went to a wedding and there were alot of people there heckling me because they had bigger cameras :-| Anyway got there in the end. Oh and one thing you should watch out for is the organising side of things! I had to do my own accounting and such like, it can get a bit confusing - have an accountant now though Smile

Anyway if you have an specific question post them on here Smile


Ric

Ps. I earn roughly 60,000 a year from photography.
c_evans99 11 7.0k 1 Wales
18 Sep 2006 8:37PM
Go down to the crossroads and try to flag a ride Smile

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