Make money as a Photographer

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  1. rjackjames

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    I am fairly new into Photography. I got my first DSLR in Nov 2006 and now i have an array of various lens and flash. I have tried istock.com and shutterstocks.com and have not been able to get any of my pics accepted.

    Whats a good way to make money as a photographer? I mostly into landscapes and scenery photography.

    I would appreciate any advice!!
     
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    with those sorts of photos you could try stalls at fairgrounds - try to have some cheaper things as well (like postcards and such) as well as large prints. That way you can make up if you don't manage to sell and expensive framed print with more minor sales.
    After that a local art house or display might also be a possibility.
     
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    Hmm....I will that....I am currently overseas. when I return maybe I visit few scenic spots in Texas and get some good landscape shot when I get back.
     
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    Maybe you should join a local art club or group and then try showing your work at local art shows (when you return from deployment). Pick out your best work and have it professionally framed. Start with low prices. After a while you might make a name for yourself and people will come looking for your photos.
     
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    hmm....I like ur ideas.....right now I dont have much images since I am in Afghanistan. When I return I will look for few clubs within my area.
     
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    One think I have read time and time again from others is never to sell yourself low to start with. The problem comes when you decied to upp your prices and suddenly your existing customer base and target customers are all too cheap for you - they won't pay. So you have to go around and get a whole new set of customers and potential customers - which puts you back at the start again - so aim for the prices you want now -- of course check the current going rates by others first so that you get a feel for how much people are prepared to pay
     
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    I am in Heidelberg and on one of the Army Kaserns here they have an Art & Crafts center where they give framing classes. You might want to learn framing also. When you sell the photo you also sell the frame. You can make a tidy profit on a nicely made frame.

    I am going to assume that you are in the military. When you get back to CONUS I am sure the base you are on will have an Arts and Crafts center. Check them out.
     
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    Thanks for advice GermanyBert....much appreciated.
     
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    I made some cash by taking time-lapses of moving clouds and running rivers (both in picturesque landscape settings) and putting them into (loopable when I could) QT movies that I sold mostly to the CG & video community. It was fun! If I do it again I'll make virtual sets out of them I think.
     
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    thats cool.....
     
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    Provide a service that some one wants.

    You photography skill has to be up to their standard and your marketing has to reach the proper target group.
     
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    why were your pictures rejected?
     

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