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What is your total income percentage that you make out of photography?

I don't make money out of photography
86 (50.9%)
Less than 25%
48 (28.4%)
Between 25-50%
7 (4.1%)
More than 50%
5 (3%)
All my income came out of photography
23 (13.6%)

Total Members Voted: 169

Voting closed: October 19, 2012, 05:55:35 AM

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nicku

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How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:55:35 AM »
With the release of the new 5D3 and Canon 6D i sow many of the forum users commenting pro/against the camera expressing their opinions about the cameras like their '' living/income depends of those camera bodies'',....

So my question is very simple: How many of us are making money out of photography ???

I will start; my income percentage that i make out of photography  is over 50%. At this moment i still have a regular job ( but not for a long time  ::)  )

A fair answer will be highly appreciated.

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How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:55:35 AM »

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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 11:12:47 PM »
Just finally started making income about 2 weeks ago after acquiring a portrait studio and shooting about 15 small businesses, a local rock band along with some post processing and more jobs in the queue.
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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 11:16:57 PM »
I shoot for my online store where I sell thru various venues.  Thus, photography profits are not something that have a calcuable number.  Better images are part of generating more sales, but not anywhere the whole story.

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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 11:33:45 PM »
I make less than 25% of my total income from photography.  Which is good considering I only do sports, which is not as high as weddings and senior pictures.  It's also good b/c that means I do okay with my day job  8)
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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 12:13:34 AM »
I had to get a better job to support my lens habit.

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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 12:43:33 AM »
I take pictures for family and friends.  Not for even a penny, but priceless memory.
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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 01:18:37 AM »
My Better half has a part time job during the slow season, but otherwise both of us make all of our money on Weddings and HS Seniors!  And lots of graphic design for those clients!

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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012, 01:19:28 AM »
More than $10k for Canon just for love, not a penny back. Have full time job not relating to photography. LOL.

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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2012, 01:23:46 AM »
I started with a 5D2 and a 50mm 1.8 lens about 2 years ago to take pictures of my newborn daughter. Now here I am with $15k+ worth of gear. Had done a couple of paid gigs here and there, but mostly, I use them take pictures of my little girl.
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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2012, 01:32:43 AM »
I can live from photography very well.


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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2012, 02:02:33 AM »
I'm making just enough so far to cover equipment but I've only just begun and its not a full time gig yet.  Gotta start somewhere. 
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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2012, 02:19:53 AM »
More than $10k for Canon just for love, not a penny back. Have full time job not relating to photography. LOL.

I did that too before but after $20k i started my own photo company 2 years ago.

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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2012, 02:46:33 AM »
Full Time Fun here :)
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2012, 02:47:02 AM »
I heard a quote from a famous Hollywood movie actor saying that it was as simple as heck to make it as an actor.
"Anyone can make it in Hollywood" he said, "all you need is about 25 really lucky breaks".

After more than 25 years in the business I feel privileged to say that photography has delivered  a professionally incredibly satisfying life, and we live well. And no doubt about it, I've had my fair share of lucky breaks.

Another quote from a photographer this time, when asked why he chose his career as a very busy pro shooter...
"...it sure beats the hell out of having to work for a living!"

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Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2012, 02:59:16 AM »
For me it is and will be pure hobby.
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