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03/25/2013 06:36:56 AM · #1
the following graphic spells it out sweetly and completely. please enjoy and pass it along.

do you want to be a photographer?
03/25/2013 07:56:49 AM · #2
Originally posted by Skip:

the following graphic spells it out sweetly and completely.


You're right, that is a very nice, concise, FRIENDLY way of saying something that often draws battle lines among photographers of all types. I wish I'd seen this 7 years ago!
03/25/2013 09:01:07 AM · #3
Wonderful. Thanks for sharing...
03/25/2013 09:07:13 AM · #4
Yep that sounds about right
03/25/2013 09:45:59 AM · #5
Um, yup. I have no burning desire to be a professional.
03/25/2013 09:53:59 AM · #6
very nice and easy to understand!
03/25/2013 09:59:07 AM · #7
That about sums it up...
I wonder if the artist who made the info graphic was paid appropriately? :)
03/25/2013 10:24:20 AM · #8
Excellent!
03/25/2013 10:45:51 AM · #9
Great find Skip, makes many valid points.
03/25/2013 11:33:15 AM · #10
Good info to know, thanks for sharing.
03/25/2013 11:53:41 AM · #11
I'm in a different profession. This article has important points to apply accordingly.
03/25/2013 11:55:51 AM · #12
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Um, yup. I have no burning desire to be a professional.

cheers to that!

Great find Skip, and thanks for sharing.
I'm definitely in the left-hand column, and actually did a photoshoot over two days this weekend that proves that.
4 hours of time, plus cost of prints to use in a 4-generation family picture, travel, etc and I didn't charge them a dime as it was for the closest thing to family that i have in this city.
03/25/2013 12:05:55 PM · #13
I'm definitely in the right hand column, i love advertising, i love setting up shoots, i love the time spending shooting and loading up my schedule, i love shooting and processing and i really love when the clients are happy.

Message edited by author 2013-03-25 12:06:12.
03/25/2013 12:10:56 PM · #14
Totally on the left-hand side. Always have been, always will be :)
03/25/2013 12:50:15 PM · #15
Originally posted by ursula:

Totally on the left-hand side. Always have been, always will be :)

I was on the left-hand side when it was still possible to earn a living that way. As the business slanted more and more to the right side, I started to burn out. I was never good at all the "business" stuff, especially self-promotion, and eventually I sold the business to my assistant and moved on.
03/25/2013 12:56:12 PM · #16
Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing.
03/25/2013 01:15:51 PM · #17
Wonderful article, VERY informative & true.

Another content image-maker here.......8~)
03/25/2013 01:47:45 PM · #18
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by ursula:

Totally on the left-hand side. Always have been, always will be :)

I was on the left-hand side when it was still possible to earn a living that way. As the business slanted more and more to the right side, I started to burn out. I was never good at all the "business" stuff, especially self-promotion, and eventually I sold the business to my assistant and moved on.


I think there is still some room on the left - thing is you really do have to do some promotion and go for big $$ fine art rather than targeting the typical portrait/architecture/stock market.

Funny enough, I think the promotion in that market matters more than the content. (content still matters, kinda anyway)
03/25/2013 01:47:54 PM · #19
I wish I'd have seen this yesterday. I wonder if my boss will give me my job back?
03/25/2013 03:40:19 PM · #20
Interesting and educational. Or, could also read as 'please stop diluting the market because you're making it harder for me!'.

It's like a Doctor telling aspiring Doctors not to bother because it means there is too much treatment, reducing the price.
03/25/2013 03:48:38 PM · #21
Originally posted by mikeee:

Interesting and educational. Or, could also read as 'please stop diluting the market because you're making it harder for me!'.

It's like a Doctor telling aspiring Doctors not to bother because it means there is too much treatment, reducing the price.

In the 1970s there was quite a scandal when it was discovered that the California Board of Dentistry was falsifying the scores of out-of-state dentists taking the licensing examination to practice in California, presumably to reduce the competition ...
03/25/2013 04:20:03 PM · #22
Good one Skip!!

I owned a leather manufacturing co some years ago, the biggest prob with being self employed for me was turning friends down for that "cut rate" friend discount, just need a little thing made... THAT takes 100x more effort n material ... BUT, do it for one and you'll be doing it for friends of friends as well!! Lesson, learned that applies to photography!

Thank goodness I don't have to make a living (at least right now) doing photography, but I do shoot for people and I set my prices where I make a fair wage. One lady contacted me last year about Senior shots, I quoted my price, but then the kids Aunt bought a camera and was A PHOTOGRAPHER so I lost the job... Well I lost the job Until the Aunt tried to sell them the horrible pictures. LOL The mother called me back and set up a new shoot and paid my prices with no complaining!

This area EVERYONE who owns a point n shoot is a pro-photographer!!
03/25/2013 04:28:44 PM · #23
sometimes free is good, i put out ad on craigslist add to help expand my couples portfolio, a lady contacted that she want to get some pictures taken with her fiance, they are making a save the date website and just want some good pictures on it.

i took them out and gave them about 12-15 digital images to have and she was ecstatic with the results, now she is setting up a paid shoot to get formal engagement shots plus the word of mouth she will give is better than any paid advertising i could hope for, plus i got great shots of an attractive couple to highlight on facebook and the website.

so free is bad when its charity (family/friends), free is good when its beneficial to you and opens up new avenues.

Message edited by author 2013-03-25 16:29:59.
03/25/2013 08:06:13 PM · #24
Originally posted by mike_311:

...so free is bad when its charity (family/friends), free is good when its beneficial to you and opens up new avenues.


+ 12ty billion
03/25/2013 09:43:05 PM · #25
Originally posted by littlemav:

This area EVERYONE who owns a point n shoot is a pro-photographer!!


It ain't a local phenomenon, Katie!

Thanks for the link, Skip. I'm sorta straddling the two columns, but the pie chart on the right is closer to what I actually do!
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