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Could I become a professional photographer?

Hazard 14 1.2k United Kingdom
3 Feb 2005 5:37AM
Take a look at my pics.
Could I do take photos for a living. what do you think. be honest I can take it

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synaesthesia 14 389 England
3 Feb 2005 5:55AM
One thing I have learned over the couple of years I've been taking photos is that it's very hard to crack the market.

You've just gotta keep working at it, writing to people, and selling yourself as much as possible.

I think if you can get your foot in the door the possibilites from there are ample.

It's like anything - i was in a band for 3 years and never got a gig, then one day we played in a pub. from there we played twice a week.

Good luck and keep trying.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
3 Feb 2005 5:57AM
Being brutal - from the work in your PF, I'd say no. There's nothing there that would make me look at you.

However - it depends what area you are thinking of working in.

Local press, for instance, rarely need more than a snapshot, to illustrate the bulk of their output, but the small amount of work you'd pick up wouldn't pay the petrol money.

Quote:My aim is not to produce the pefect photograph (there is no such thing) but to produce eye catching interesting images.
This is my hobby, it's not life or death

and a Pro has to be able to sell him/herself and those aren't the words of a Pro.
croberts 14 2.2k 8 Ireland
3 Feb 2005 6:04AM
what do you think?

I think its about more than the pics in your portfolio. Can you get the shot you NEED when you need it? or do you try a lot of different shots and see if you've managed it?

UserRemoved 14 4.2k
3 Feb 2005 6:14AM
Yes, you can almost certainly go pro.

Staying pro is a different matter entirely.

Even local press expect you to have a decent digi body, range of lenses, flash, kit etc etc which for what they pay is a bit of a joke!

I disagree about the perfect photograph - its a photograph the client is ecstatic about (i.e. more than happy with), its a photograph that they think embodies what they wanted to capture when they hired you and the photograph that will get you booked time and time again. You have to be able to produce these every day.
croberts 14 2.2k 8 Ireland
3 Feb 2005 6:22AM
LOL! Joe, my local rag pays by the images they use. a tenner for the 1st photo, a fiver for the second, and 2 each for any others, with no expenses, or standard pay!!

I try and avoid them. on a recent job, one of the local press guys turned up, couldnt be bothered waiting and asked me to wire him a couple of shots. Even specified exactly what he wanted! So I sent him a couple of sh**te ones, just for badness. Worst thing is, the paper used them!
bpa 14 1.2k
3 Feb 2005 6:25AM
Was it the front page photo on ephotozine?

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
3 Feb 2005 6:29AM
Only ever got one photo published in a paper - I didn't even get paid for it!!

But this was about 10 years ago and I wasn't wised up on these things and let it go. Should have claimed my 2 shouldn't I?! Lol! Wink
UserRemoved 14 4.2k
3 Feb 2005 6:31AM
Wow Chris a local paper that actually pays anything for photos?

I usually get, 'We'll give you a byline and plug your website' LOL!!! Yeah that'll pay the mortgage.

Have a PR consultant ringing me at the minute for a job that will 'only take an hour' *cough* bullshit *cough*

I gave them my half day rates and they said they couldnt pay that and it was a lot more than the normal photographer they use charges.
'Is that the photographer that you normally use that cant attend because hes working at his normal day job? Good luck getting anyone at a days notice'
croberts 14 2.2k 8 Ireland
3 Feb 2005 6:31AM
LAMO! BPA! Yes, I often get paid to take pics of myself, its the ultimate job. What a model. eh? ;-D

Joe, You should have told them to ring you back later in the day, when they couldnt get anyone else, and your rates will have doubled by then!
mipettin 14 884 2 Scotland
3 Feb 2005 6:33AM
A glance at your portfolio and my initial thought is I am lost as to what you propose to sell or offer as a photographer. I am about to try my luck at selling framed prints of some of my pictures in 2 galleries local to me. An example of some of my work is shown within my website My site which is work in progress and should be up and running in 2-3 weeks (Only the panoramics can be viewed large at the moment and there are a few typos to sort out as well as some navigation issues)

Glancing at your profile I see no particular niche - those photographers that seem to earn money from photography have a niche - weddings, portraits, black and white landscapes, flowers, nature or are general stock photographers - and those that are successful have a style. I hope to set a niche of colourful landscapes particular panoramic images or details (For this reason I need to take the black and white images out my square gallery)

I do know a photographer who is very talented and tried going full time a year ago - he is now working full time with the same company as me. He has been doing photography - particularly black and white landscapes for over 10 years and has a specialist large format camera. His imagery is amazing and he has just been published, he also has had magazine articles and done stuff for advertising but still he does not make a living from it.

Also what is your marketplace - I am lucky in that there does not seem to be many local photographers (I am in the Perth and Kinross area in Scotland) and the local galleries have little photographic work and the stuff that is on sale is not comparable to what I hope to offer the buying public - i.e. 30" x 6" panoramic landscape prints. As earlier in the thread a lot is to how you market and promote yourself nevermind having arresting images in the first place.
UserRemoved 14 4.2k
3 Feb 2005 6:38AM
Did you read my mind Chris?

I've a funny suspicion they will pay Wink
Hazard 14 1.2k United Kingdom
3 Feb 2005 6:42AM
Well I've got a wedding to do in June. hope they dont read this, they might cancel LOL
croberts 14 2.2k 8 Ireland
3 Feb 2005 6:45AM
Weddings are a rite of passage, Hazzard, for nearly all photographers. Poo your pants, but enjoy yourself! and remember, if your getting paid, get insured.
Hazard 14 1.2k United Kingdom
3 Feb 2005 6:49AM
Insurance is for Wimps LOL

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