Why do a lot of people have this desperate need to make money from photography? Not talking about professionals of course who make a living from photography, just the hobbiests that seem to have an almost desperate need to get back something monetarily from photography.
I ponder this often when reading a lot of people threads on different photography forums worldwide, this 'need' to make money from photography. Why do so many people have this drive to make money from their hobby? Why do so many people see photography (their hobby) as some sort of cash cow?
Don't say it's a way to recoup monies spent on pricey equipment. There's many many costlier hobbies and pursuits than photography and people don't see the need to charge (even family members!) others to get some money back on their expenditure like many photographers seem to do.
Because they've 'produced' something? Honestly, you've pushed a button on an electronic handheld computer and it's captured an image......good for you () (ok I've taken some liberty there, but you get the idea).
I've given away so many framed prints of images to people who have commented that they liked a photo of mine. I was tickled pink to do this. I didn't start adding up the cost of the equipment used to capture the image, the cost of the software to manipulate it, the cost of the paper to print it, the cost of the ink to print it, the cost of the printer that was printing it. I was just happy being generous to a family member or a friend.
One of my other hobbies is woodturning. XXXXX amount of dollars tied up in machinery, tools and exotic wood blanks. When you've spent hours and sometimes days making something from a rough piece of wood into a beautiful and functional piece of 'art' you can really say you 'made it'. I've made hundreds of pieces and given every single one of them away. I'm not unusual here, in my group of "woodies" they all give their 'art' away for free. They don't see the need to recoup on their outlay of machinery and wood, nor make money from their 'art'.
Another pastime is water skiing and wakeboarding. My boat is worth XXXXXX the thought has never crossed my mind when family, friends and friends of friends are being towed behind me to ask them for a cheque or better yet have a credit card point of sale device on board so that after their go they can pay me for the privilege.......so that I can recoup some of my outlay.
The examples of hobbies and pastimes that cost a lot of money to do could go on and on.
So what is this inexplicable (at least to me) need for lots of people to charge money for photography? What stops people from being generous, even with their own family members when it comes to taking photos and giving images away?
What is it that overcomes some people as soon as they purchase a camera, unbox it and think "I'm going to make some money from this"?
When it comes to photography, some of us do seem a little precious.