sponsors?

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  1. ReptileLover

    ReptileLover TPF Noob!

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    hey. im new to the photography media. do photographers get sponsors like in other hobbies? if so, how what would getting a sponsor mean/ do? thanks :D
     
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    Photographers do not have sponsors. They either buy their own gears, rent them, or get to use them through their company (if they are photo journalists).
     
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    What??? You mean all this time I have been trying to strive to be on the USA photography team and now I have to sponsor myself...What next? You going to tell me there is no USA Photography team?? lol
     
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    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Did you mean mentor. I cant figure out what you meant by sponsor, I keep heading back to the 12 step program.
     
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    Sorry to burst your bubbles :lol:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sure, photographer have sponsors like Canon, Nikon, Pentax etc.

    How you would go about getting sponsored?
    Well, you'd probably have to be a very successful photographer for a couple decades, but not only successful, popular & well known as well. If for example, you were a 'house-hold name', it might be in Canon's best interest to have people know that you shoot with Canon, so they might consider giving you free gear.
     
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    Maybe if one gets enough bad CC on here they will need a sponsor. Some may just drown their sorrows.
     
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    Photographer and household name.....Can you name one?? I could name one photographer and he's dead so I don't think any gear would do him much good. Ansel Adams
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Annie Leibovitz comes to mind pretty easily. ;)
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Rick Sammon for Canon is another, and i use nikon; go figure.

    I don't know that i would class this as a sponsor, more a workable arrangement and as Big Mike has suggested camera companies do make arrangements with certain photographers.
     
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    Stephen Eastwood is another that comes to mind for me (other than those listed). Some sports photographers as well.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    You don't need to be a household name, but you do need a significant enough presense in the world of photography that you can help a camera maker or other photography gear maker sell gear. Joe McNally is another that comes to mind.

    I don't know of many hobbiest that have sponsors. All of those that do race cars and the sponsor(s) is/are a local business. The racer is still out of packet for the vast majority of their expenses.

    At any rate an agent is way more valuable than a sponsor.
     
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