Bosscat wrote in post #13765299
It may not seem sustainable, but once people like this run everybody off, then its all theirs, as there is no one left to compete with them.
Some of these people just wanna "Be there" as its "Kewl" to show their friends, but the fact is they are the ones that are lowering standards, and screwing up the biz model.
If I had the money to offer stuff like they do, I wouldn't even be there shooting, I'd be doing something else with my time and cameras.
I don't think you'll ever get it. You predict gloom and doom yet people have been doing this for YEARS but we still have photogs who make a living doing photography.
You are direct your anger at the wrong thing. It is not up to YOU to determine what someone else should charge for these services. It is up to YOU to handle YOUR business. If you cannot continue to stay in business then it's time to find another profession. But I assure you, it's not because a few people are giving their work away.
Another example is I have done a lot of sports photography. Specifically, I used to do a lot of MMA events. There is NO money in those according to many people. Partially because the fighters are (typically) broke and partially because there are a bunch of people who give away their photos (and there are a LOT of these people--much more than what you're complaining about). Yet, I was able to average (yes, AVERAGE) about $800 per show I show just in sales to fighters, promoters, sponsors, etc. Was I getting rich? Absolutely not. However, people still bought my work even though they could get free photos from other people--some of them sitting right next to me by the cage, btw--because my work was better. So it is, in fact, possible to make money even though people are giving their stuff away.
Stop whining and do something to set yourself apart from those people. It's not their fault you're losing business...