Where is the money in photography

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  1. Tyson

    Tyson TPF Noob!

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    What are the money makers, stock, portrits, special assignments, photojournelisum ?
     
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    hyp0rbyte TPF Noob!

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    Selling Cameras/lenses/memory sticks/filters/bags/tripods/
    books/batteries/hoods/straps/

    Isn't that what you spend your money on? :)
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think there are several books called 'How to make money with photography'...or something like that. Check out Amazon.com

    Although, it's probably easier to make money by writing a book about how to make money...:lol:
     
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    castrol TPF Noob!

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    HAHAHAHAHA... best response ever.

    It seems to take a really long time to get things going. I have been taking photos
    for quite a little while now and so far, I have made a grand total of $350.00. :)

    I, however, am not really trying to make money doing this though...
     
  5. elsaspet

    elsaspet TPF Noob!

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    Commercial, Editorial, Portraits, and weddings.
    Forget Photojournalism. :-( You can sell craploads and still not have enough moolah to pay the rent.
     
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    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    you can shoot enough stock shots to fill a boat and sell zero... you have to have the exact shot the customer wants, because even a small variation was made by someone else. thanks to the net the buyer can see many many thousands of shots. the odds are against you.

    Play the odds. My brother who is a dynamite salesman says see what the successful guys are doing and do it. I would narrow it to, see what the successful guys are doing locally.

    If you live in new york you might want to shoot small clothing houses cateloques... but if you live in rural NC you are probably going to want to shoot weddings and portraits.. Oh hell you get to shoot the occassional double wide for the local realty company as well.

    ....What you DONT want to do is go retro....I only answered this to add that part...
     
  7. neea

    neea TPF Noob!

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    :lmao: cute.
    I like your work mysteryscribe.
    I also like your new avatar btw.

    And like.. BigMike said I think, selling books about photography would probably make you more money then actual photography. The fun part being that you need to know about photography in order to do this.
    Perhaps everyone on TPF should make a collaberation of tips.
    And we could all be rich.... ahh to dream.
     
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    craig TPF Noob!

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    The money is in being a good photographer. The work is out there. Getting it takes dedication and a lot of experience and perseverance.

    Also depends on your style of shooting. What are your strong areas of photography? Weddings? still life?... Pick a strong suit and go with it.
     
  9. High-end fashion photography, candid celebrity (paparazzi) work.
     
  10. uberben

    uberben TPF Noob!

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    I make money doing wedding photography. Not a lot...I net about 1,500 per wedding normally. This was after doing a bunch of free weddings though and dropping a lot of coin on gear. I probably just broke even after my last wedding. I wont even touch Stock photography, not worth my time.
     
  11. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Commercial and editorial. Good luck getting in.
     
  12. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think so far you have gotten every aspect of photograpy as a response and one thing that shoud tell you is that the money in photography is where you make it. Photography is almost 100% marketing yourself some people get rich shooting $10,000 weddings some people toil away shooting for someone else for a few hundred bucks a pop. Some people make lot sof money working for sports illustrated as a photographer some people make a few bucks every weekend as a stringer for their local paper. The bottom line is that if you can sell yourself you can make it it is very rare for you to look in the want ads and see "wanted 9-5 photographer".
     

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