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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by serhan, Aug 22, 2013.
Interesting image from ImageBrief website, which is reported on phoblographer:
I guess the message is that if you want to make a living from your photography, you either get people to hire you specifically for a certain job, or you sell specific works as art for a considerably higher price than stock photography. Both of which revolve around not only being a good photographer, but also getting your name out there and also being good enough at the marketing / business side of it to stand out from the crowd of other very capable photographers. Or be really, really, really good at stock photography...
I think in days gone by, a lazy photographer could get by if he/she was very good. Or an industrious hustler could get by with adequate lens skills. I have neither the drive nor the skill to get paid for photography...today one needs both those skills.
A friend was interviewed at a local festival for the Chicago Sun Times and afterwards a guy with a cel phone took his picture plus others for publication. Moving your photos is more work than work these days.
I know people who make WAY more than $4000 a year selling stock photos. But they take lots & lots of very boring pictures. I wouldn't want to make a living in such a nauseating manner.
I "broke into" photography 2 year ago. It is way more democratic than in days gone by and, for sure, digitization has had an impact. Everyone is a photographer now. I sell some of my work on line or through a local gallery. Not enough to make a living and not so many that it has become work. Just how I like it. I take photographs each and every day.....I love it. Would hate to be on the wheel breaking my back for it.
I shot the photographer!
But I did not shoot the deputy.
Totally agree; a good portion of stock photography is about pleasing as many people as possible and not offending anyone; that takes all the personal expression out of photography (I'm sure there's more edgy or personal stock photography as well, but that probably won't be as big an earner).
Yet more more people are using stock photography as their primary source of income. Go figure.
I've always wondered about relative numbers of enthusiast and pros of all flavors. More enthusiasts than I thought, relatively speaking.