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RobL
Posted 17/01/2018 - 08:03 Link
If you look at specialist publications like architecture magazines the shots are all by pro photographers, paid for by the practice responsible, and useable on their website to give the best possible representation of their work. Same with high end hotels for their websites. And these are pros who specialise in that field. Last year I went on a day course with one of the best, and it soon became clear why; the scenes were painstakingly tidied up, furniture and blinds aligned and straightened, lights all made to work, a focal point of interest introduced, and people grouped to best advantage. In other words once the camera was set up the scene was dressed like a film shoot which all took time. And then of course a shift lens to eliminate distortion. Placing the camera and pressing the button took moments but each shot could take half an hour or longer and that is why they get paid what they do.
Liney
Posted 26/01/2018 - 12:58 Link
It is often said that the only sure fire way for a photographer to make money is to sell his camera! Saying that there are a few I know who do get some monetary reward, but it's few and far between and depends on someone liking an image and buying a copy.

Personally photography is a hobby that captures my time, and with a strict limit takes a bit of money every year. I take photos because I like what I see, if someone else likes what I take then thanks, I appreciate it. But to be honest I would never try to make money from it because then I become a slave to looking for images someone wants, checking everything is right, agonising over processing then hoping that the customer is satisfied.

That would take the fun out of it.....
millar
Posted 09/03/2018 - 20:41 Link
First thing you need to decide is what is your niche. Any photographer that trots out a list like "I do weddings, portraits, landscapes, families, professional head-shots...." is nothing more than a happy snapper. Once you have your niche build up a portfolio (offering your services for free if needs be) before you can then start to charge
cabstar
Posted 13/03/2018 - 21:52 Link
I think the days of being a niche photographer are long gone.

I shoot weddings, portraits, houses, press, stock, music and festivals in that order. To try and make a living out of just one of those is just too scary to contemplate in today's climate.
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moonlight
Posted 24/04/2018 - 12:57 Link
I would have to suggest making a blog and uploading your photos plus some text on there. You won't make money straight away but ones you start attracting more and more viewers things will change and you might make some sponsored posts. Or find an influencer they do some photo shoots and they pay pretty good money.
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RobL
Posted 24/04/2018 - 16:33 Link
cabstar wrote:
I think the days of being a niche photographer are long gone.
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Not if you find a niche where businesses are prepared to pay well for the best results; the best photos in magazines are often paid for by the company featured - think high end watches, cars, interiors. Weddings etc are an overcrowded market and such fields are normally paid from private money so the budget is a major consideration; a commercial client will normally have a bit more leeway if the results raise the company’s profile.
sportyman531
Posted 24/04/2018 - 21:09 Link
johnha wrote:
There was a significant shift when digital arrived, combined with easier ways to publish promotional material (i.e. PDF's and websites). Previously you not only needed good photography, but a good printer/publisher to layout and print the leaflets/flyers. Many companies felt they no longer needed photographers for product shots when you could snap one digitally and whack it on a website.

Estate agent photos of houses were part of the bread and butter of many pros, they were the only ones with super-wide lenses and the contacts to print the right sized wet prints to stick on the particulars. Digital changed that as there was no need for a photographer (the photos were rubbish by comparison but much cheaper).

Now every man and his dog has a DSLR, many companies get by by using an employee with a camera, quality of the shots is not important as most end up on social media, hardly worthy of excellent photography, These days it's not even a camera but a smart phone.

It's never been as easy to take a photograph and the quality has never been as low. The media like TV ask viewers for their photos which they get for free and the provider gets a few seconds of glory, whatever that is.
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cabstar
Posted 24/04/2018 - 22:37 Link
RobL wrote:
cabstar wrote:
I think the days of being a niche photographer are long gone.
.

Not if you find a niche where businesses are prepared to pay well for the best results; the best photos in magazines are often paid for by the company featured - think high end watches, cars, interiors. Weddings etc are an overcrowded market and such fields are normally paid from private money so the budget is a major consideration; a commercial client will normally have a bit more leeway if the results raise the company’s profile.

OK how do you break into a market like watches or high-end cars? there are possibly a handful of photographers that cover these markets and to break into that market is going to be very very difficult.

I was asked by major global electronics manufacturer a few weeks ago to be their brand ambassador and share photography tips and photos which they wanted to publish in media across Europe. They also wanted me to shoot for a whole day and supply over a 100 images from an event.

My quote of £3000 didn't even get a response from them I'm sure they will get someone cheaper but it shows how its a race to the bottom.
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