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Why Photography
« on: July 13, 2014, 07:44:29 AM »
I got into this ridiculous hobby post retirement.  It is a self-satisfying way to pass the time as it keeps me off the streets and outta the bars, but, if someone approached me about making a career from photography...I would be forced to slap them up-side the head.  http://work.chron.com/estimated-salary-photographer-7219.html

Aside from the occasionally successful wedding and fashion photog...who is gonna buy your stuff.
Besides the local hotel that hosts local photography and the traveling art shows that caters to folks with some disposable income...photography doesn't sell. 
Peruse the "decorator wall décor" websites, photography occupies a very small subset therein, so again I ask...who is gonna buy your stuff?

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Why Photography
« on: July 13, 2014, 07:44:29 AM »

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Re: Why Photography
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014, 07:56:21 AM »
Stock sites (RF or RM.)
Fine art prints (deviant art or other services to find customers.)
Occasionally magazines
Occasionally licensing some images from whomever.
Commercial clients (catalogs :( )
The obvious family portrait and wedding biz.
Restaurants.

There's is a lot more but where ever someone sees something that's not video, there is a need for a stills photographer. It's hard and doesn't pay as much as a straightforward career but It's what I love to do.

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Re: Why Photography
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 12:16:57 PM »
I got into this ridiculous hobby post retirement.  It is a self-satisfying way to pass the time as it keeps me off the streets and outta the bars, but, if someone approached me about making a career from photography...I would be forced to slap them up-side the head.  http://work.chron.com/estimated-salary-photographer-7219.html

Aside from the occasionally successful wedding and fashion photog...who is gonna buy your stuff.
Besides the local hotel that hosts local photography and the traveling art shows that caters to folks with some disposable income...photography doesn't sell. 
Peruse the "decorator wall décor" websites, photography occupies a very small subset therein, so again I ask...who is gonna buy your stuff?


The real answer ? No one.

In reality if you want to sell your pictures for real money you have to have a captive audience, potential buyers who already want what you are specifically shooting.

Selling photography as 'art for art's sake' is virtually impossible to day. People are bombarded with fantastic images, and I think in all honesty many have effectively become desensitised to beautiful photography, and so images have had to become more and more dramatic, surreal, in order to keep peoples attention. The few photographers that I know who have a long reputation for selling this type of picture have had to become more and more 'unreal'mas time has gone on.

My Building Panoramic stuff is done for two major national institutions as well as other smaller ones, but either way it's aimed at a specific target, but even then I see an alarming apathy towards great imagery, most probably because these places are bombarded with it all the time.

There is, however a lot to be said for being able to produce just what you want. It's just that as with artists of old, if no one wants what you have produced except yourself it feels a bit disappointing  ;)

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Re: Why Photography
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 12:16:57 PM »