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Top Ten Dream Jobs: Photographer

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
29 Oct 2012 12:14PM
'Photographer' seems to be a dream job (no. 4 in the top 10), according to the list here . Beating even 'singer' or 'actor'.

Should there be an X-Factor type TV show for photographers? Wink

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29 Oct 2012 12:45PM
You mean a bit like this one...

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JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 12:47PM
There was an 'apprentice' type one last year, two students and one expert - different set of people each week.
There was also that one with the 6/8 Models, and the photographer - quite good.
There is also a fashion channel on free sat in the evenings, relentless streaming of catwalks - not sure if this helps my photography though.

Photography has a lot of prep (& for some post process) for a moment in time, the X factor format would be hard to replicate though perhaps ephotozine.tv is already there. Wink
lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 1:00PM

Quote:'Photographer' seems to be a dream job

Mine certainly was. Sometimes I found it hard to believe someone would pay me so much to do such exciting things. Some nasty moments though when I wished I was anything but a photographer such as when a drunken Serb soldier stuck his cocked rifle through my car window and showed every intention of shooting me.

I wouldn't enjoy the job quite so much today. Wonderful as the digital age is, it has taken away quite a lot of the photographer's autonomy.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
29 Oct 2012 7:07PM
Seems a lot of people live in a fantasy world(why else call them dream jobs Smile )

Most of if not all of those jobs are high demanding and for the best part pretty poorly paid, if at all.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
29 Oct 2012 7:37PM

Quote:Seems a lot of people live in a fantasy world(why else call them dream jobs Smile )

Most of if not all of those jobs are high demanding and for the best part pretty poorly paid, if at all.

That's what struck me too!
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
29 Oct 2012 7:49PM
"Photographer" is rather a broad occupational category.

Imagine being a hospital photographer and spending your working life taking photos of patients' diseased organs. Or a foresnsic photographer snapping crime scenes.

Could be a nightmare job rather than a dream.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
29 Oct 2012 8:01PM
N0 2 gets me, charity work, this can be one of the most demanding types of work but its also one of the most rewarding in other ways.
Dave_Canon 11 1.4k United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 9:47AM
As it said "dream Job". Faced with reality, I do not think that the list would be the same if people understood the various jobs then had a choice.

I would never have wanted to be a professional photographer myself apart from the fact that I could earn a lot more doing other things. However, I am very happy with photography as a hobby.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
30 Oct 2012 9:58AM

Quote:Or a foresnsic photographer snapping crime scenes.

I could live with that.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 10:16AM
When I spent a couple of years travelling, unencumbered by the needs to make ends meet I mused in this many times. I kept on coming back to two totally unrelated areas: the first was whether to be a vulcanologist or a glaciologist but decided that volcanoes were more exciting - or maybe a new science of Iceland-ologist where they have both. The other was a biomechanical engineer helping design better prosthetics and limbs.

Unfortunately when I decided it was time to return to get a job again I, like most others, took the safe route and went back to what I was good at. Not that I haven't enjoyed it, but there is sometimes that twinge at not having taken the jump...
lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 10:39AM
Nothing is a 'dream job' as such because everyone's dreams are different.

For me, I can't think of a job that could have suited me better but there was a price to be paid in that you could never make social arrangements because you never knew where you'd be. And you needed an understanding family. There was no division between my working life and my day to day life and I think many people and their families would find that hard to cope with.

If I had had to cover weddings or photograph buildings or something like that then the trade off would not have been worth it but as it was the excitement and variety of it all was addictive.

One Friday night I was in a cab on my way to Heathrow and I happened to look into the window of a Chinese restaurant in Kensington. In there were all sorts of people laughing and eating and drinking and it struck me that I'd much rather be in there than in another b***dy airport lounge on a Friday evening. I was 53 then and retired two years later.

I think folk who 'dream' of being a professional photographer see only the positive side of it, like the people who 'dream' of having a little bar in Spain.

I had a chance to experience my 'dream', after i retired to France, which was to play in a small band, just around pubs and bars. I tried it and it put me off immediately. I had seen myself playing a bit of blues, some rock, maybe even trying to do something a little jazzy, plugging in the Strat and enjoying myself while, hopefully, entertaining some people.

In practise, I drove 30 miles across some mountains in driving rain to a bar full of people who talked all the time while we played music I didn't want to listen to, let alone play, for a fee which just about covered the cost of my travel. It didn't take me long to realise that I was a lot happier playing for fun at home than living my dream.

I suspect the same would be true for many who dream of being a professional photographer.
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 12:22PM
I saw a similar US based list a few years ago. Travel photographer was at #2, and fashion photographer was at #3.....

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