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: career in photography

09-18-2013, 11:21 AM
Is photography good as a career or should it be limited to being a passion/hobby?

09-19-2013, 06:27 PM
Is photography good as a career or should it be limited to being a passion/hobby?

It's not an easy career. You have to be really good at business and photography to be successful. I freelance and make some cash on the side but I don't think I'll be quitting my day job in a while.

09-27-2013, 12:34 AM
How do you sell them?

09-27-2013, 04:37 PM
What do you mean?

09-27-2013, 05:26 PM
How do you sell your pictures? Ebay, Etsy, some other way?

09-27-2013, 05:29 PM
Oh I've just cracked into selling prints and I don't know how in going to do it yet. Maybe just getting them up in coffee houses or art gallery. What actually pays is shooting wedding, family sessions and events.

04-24-2014, 03:12 PM
As with anything, it depends on how you do it. High-end photographers can make quite a bit if they're lucky, good, and have connections. But for most photographers it is a grind of weddings, senior portraits, and family photos. These can pay the bills, but you have to be constantly marketing yourself to do it. The problem is that these days everyone with an iPhone and Instagram thinks they don't need a photographer. I've had people ask me why I was charging so much for a wedding when everyone there was going to have iPhones. *facepalm*

Photography was my secondary source of income for years, until I got bored with doing the same shots over and over and over. Since then I've done more artistic stuff, but that can be tough to sell. You can see some of it here (!film/cqnr). But photography tends to follow the same rule as painting: If it's of something personal to the person buying it, you can make money. If it's creative, artistic stuff it's harder to find a customer base - even if they love it.

As with all dreams, don't give up on it if you love it. But before quitting your job test out your customer base. Do the kind of photography you want to do, and see if there is a market for it where you live.

Junaid khan
04-04-2015, 01:49 PM
I totally agree with you @RWMcRae the points mentioned are really very true.