« on: August 18, 2013, 09:04:47 AM »
Hi, sorry you lost your job.
First off, I would say that if you really want to make a living off photography, now is the best time because you don't have the 9-5 to sap your time and energy. I know a few people who have been in your situation and they ended up being better off, so try to turn a negative in to a positive.
Secondly, Unfortunately the style of photography you do will probably not make you much money, unless perhaps you live in a 'touristy' area and can sell images of the area or portraits of tourists next to landmarks etc and even then you might not make much.
The way I see the industry now is that with film, photographers could make a lot of money because nobody knew how cameras worked or how to develop film etc, so a photographer would have a skills that people were willing to pay for.
Now with digital, the skill set was diminished. People can figure out how the camera works more easily because they can see the results instantly, they no longer need people to process film or print images as they can view on computer screens etc.
Also because digital has made photography more accessible, the market has become over saturated, further lowering the perceived value of photography.
You can still make some good money from stock sites but you have to have a huge catalogue and be constantly adding to it. You also can't just put up loads of landscapes and expect money, you have to do you kinda things blog sites etc will be looking for. So for example a cooking site might be looking for things like heaps of spices or some fresh vegetables to go with an article.
If your good with people, I would suggest wedding photography as people are always going to be getting married for the foreseeable future.
Money can be made with product photography but a lot of small business/ebay/websites do their own nowadays because cameras are so cheap and get them instant results. Sure most are really bad at it but then they'll pay someone a few bucks to spruce them up in photoshop, or again, do it themselves because the tech is cheap and accessible.
but like others have said, if you are good at what you do and work HARD, you can still make it. Just consider that making money from photography is more about being a businessman than it is being a photographer. If you think you can do that, then go for it.
If I were you however, I would start my own design company because that is your real skill, take some business courses or research on the internet.
Anyway, best of luck.