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Thaks Kev. Quite a sobering view from the sharp end.
Quote: Do not like taking direction—many “artists” tend to think they know better what they need to create. Unless you are going to be a “fine art photographer” then you will need to execute other people’s ideas. You will need to learn how to bend to keep a client and get paid.
How many times have I heard photographers complain about this - on fora, it seems to come more from wedding photographers who hate customers interfering with 'their vision'.
like the negotiation point.... that's true
Its also true that anyone starting out as a pro photographer is going to get knocked back on a regular basis. You will find you do more running around trying to find work than actually doing what you want to do in the first place, take photographs for a living!
Once you are known in photography circles, you will find people getting in touch with you, but as Ade says, then you have the negotiations to go through and there's always someone who is willing to undercut you!
Anyone setting out needs to have all the gear necessary to carry out taking professional shots. Having a decent DSLR camera, lens and a flash will not cut it. Ask any of the pro's on EPZ and they will tell you the amount of money they spend each year. I don't know about them, but I seem to be purchasing something all the time. I'll read about something and what a great thing it is and that you cannot live with it and you think, yes I could do with one of those! After several years, hopefully you can ease back on the spending, but there's always something you need to purchase.
Maybe you want to specialise in your photography, maybe doing portraits, landscapes, sports or anything that will make you money. The only problem with specialising is, you are limiting your income potential. Specialising can reduce your spending though, so it can be a vicious circle.
My god, who the hell wants to be a professional photographer having to go through all that! We all must be masochists!
Quote: Maybe you want to specialise in your photography, maybe doing portraits, landscapes, sports or anything that will make you money. The only problem with specialising is, you are limiting your income potential. Specialising can reduce your spending though, so it can be a vicious circle.
though it can be the exact opposite of course - if you become the "expert" at something, the "go to" photographer, you can hugely increase your rates
Quote: You will find you do more running around trying to find work than actually doing what you want to do in the first place, take photographs for a living!
yeah - totally true, even 2 years in that's still the case, networking and all that good stuff!
If you're after commercial work, you may find that you need to either meet people or get warm referrals from people that trust you - and to do that, you need to bite the bullet and get out there drinking coffee and talking to people...
If you're a ****, you'll get nowhere fast
Life for many professional photographers is like running up the "down" escalator. We can't relax for fear of going backwards.
Professional photography is not all a bed of roses and full of creative effects, you have to supply exactly what your customer wants or you don't get paid and certainly no repeat work comes your way.
You can of course do both but what you cannot do successfully in my book is - 'your own thing continually'. In business you have to decide who is your customer and what are your customers' requirements.
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