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Old April 18th, 2015, 12:40 AM
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Professional Photographer Shares Uncomfortable Truths About the Industry

A professional photographer came forward on Reddit with a real rant about the photography industry. It's causing a stir amongst photographers everywhere - perhaps because he makes some great points! Read more here


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Re: Professional Photographer Shares Uncomfortable Truths About the Industry

To put it bluntly, you photos do not have to be good....just good enough
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Re: Professional Photographer Shares Uncomfortable Truths About the Industry

Yes, it is super easy for most people now to buy a decent camera. Be it a point-and-shoot, or entry DSLR. That does not mean all you professional photographers are going to lose business, because all those people automatically think they can become professionals, too. They might try, but will no doubt fail (at first anyway), realizing there is a lot more to it, than having a shiny new camera.

I think if you are good, it doesn't really matter if you shoot with a point-and-shoot, or entry-, or professional DSLR. And if you are good, you deserve to make a living from it (if that's what you decide to try to do), no matter how long you've been doing it, or how much money you've spent on super equipment.

And anyway, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some of the photos I really like... well, others really don't. Then again it can be totally the other way. I've actually won a few competitions with photos I thought would never do anything.

Photography is very subjective. I have seen shots from so-called amazing, professional photographers, yet I didn't like their work at all.

Don't worry about your profession. If you are good, you will attract people over and over again.

One thing I don't agree with is to "shoot what the client wants". I would rather never be a professional photographer, if it meant I have to change what I like doing. I actually actively sold my work for about year, but recently stopped again. Having to see things in a way so that prospective buyers would like my photos... it sucked the fun out of photography for me. I ended up hardly touching my camera for about 4 months.

I've gone back to photography just being a hobby now, and I take photos all of the time. Family, animals, landscape... I love it again. I have that spark back. And every-so-often I actually still sell some of my photos, just by people seeing them in my husband's office, or on my website.

I will never compromise my love for my art (if that's what I can call it) again.
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Re: Professional Photographer Shares Uncomfortable Truths About the Industry

anyone can "buy" great gear, NOT everyone can "Take" a great photo
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Again if someone is at an event you shoot for sale, and their pics are free, for most it won't matter how good your shots are as long as the free ones are good enough.
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Re: Professional Photographer Shares Uncomfortable Truths About the Industry

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anyone can "buy" great gear, NOT everyone can "Take" a great photo
indeed, as was mentioned before though...there's great, and then there's "good enough."

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Again if someone is at an event you shoot for sale, and their pics are free, for most it won't matter how good your shots are as long as the free ones are good enough.
This is where I run into issues as a semi-professional photographer. I'd love to do it full time. I've been trained in various ways to take great photos, be it landscape or portrait. (Have never really found a niche, which I know really only hurts me rather than focusing on one aspect I'm really great at.) Problem is I suck at marketing and business planning. I love people in the studio/on location...I hate talking to people otherwise, unless its via an electronic format. I get uncomfortable, and I'm sure that shows through when trying to get extra business.

It's basically the reason I've stayed semi-professional, and not gone full pro. I can't make it professionally between the lack of business acumen, and I've never truly been competitive...ever...
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