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Making money from your hobby

 
VicS
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Nov 27, 2006 00:29 |  #16

All very valid comments ... thanks ... I do have other hobbies ... and one of my favourites is birdwatching. Having taken up photography now I find myself trying and trying to get that awesome capture and I actually spend alot more time doing the birdwatching and actually get a greater feel for the interaction of these little creatures with their environment. I just thought if there are time that you walk around and say "that would make a nice poster or something", then it would be nice to make a little side cash ... thats all !




  
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Nov 27, 2006 01:29 |  #17

I still consider photography a hobby, I still have fun doing it, yet I earn a certain amount of money with it. I do a couple of marriages each year (which can be real fun) to pay for a part of the equipment.

Then I also do stock photography, which helps you to become a better photographer, can earn quite some money, and is fun too. See this article:

http://www.aboriginemu​ndi.com …ess-with-ShutterStock.pdf (external link)

I don't see why earning money would take the joy away. Next month I'm buying the new 50L with my stock earnings. Isn't that fun?

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Nov 27, 2006 01:44 |  #18
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Earning money takes the joy away when 95% or more of what you shoot is for pay. It's the obligation that takes the fun out of it. I work a full time job and then take photos almost every evening and weekend. Then I'm up until 2 am every morning processing the damn things. It isn't fun.



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Nov 27, 2006 09:19 |  #19

liza wrote in post #2318060 (external link)
It's the obligation that takes the fun out of it. ... It isn't fun.

I agree. Having no deadlines is probably the reason why I still consider stock photography fun. After all, I don't have to make a living from photography.

Wedding photography can be fun too, but you need to watch out: too many weddings and you'll become struck in deadlines and obligations.

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Jul 07, 2007 10:57 |  #20

ScottE wrote in post #2317472 (external link)
If you turn your hobby into a business, what are you going to do for fun?

that's an awesome quote :)




  
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Jul 07, 2007 17:14 |  #21

You can always sell your images on stock photography websites. They have a mixed review here I'd say, I personally really like them. On one hand you get paid less than a buck a picture, on the other hand it has financed all my equipment below. Look into it if you feel like it. Here are a few of the main ones...

www.submit.shutterstoc​k.com (external link)
www.istockphoto.com (external link)
www.dreamstime.com (external link)


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Jul 20, 2007 21:56 as a reply to  @ Emberghost's post |  #22

Guys,
I have been talking pictures for a few years now working my pictures into my clients websites that I develope.

I just purchase a new canon digital camera and really enjoy using it. I like keeping my photo shots as a hobby and keep my website developement as my business. The only problem I see more and more, my friends are starting to ask for my work on the photo side and I am trying to keep this as a hobby.

The equiptment is very much over price.

www.pontchartrainpcser​vices.com (external link)

PS... I just starting using this forum and I really enjoy it...
Thanks guys...


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Jul 20, 2007 22:12 |  #23

I shoot for pay every so often and the more i do it the more i hate it. Photography is what i do to get away and not think of work or the worlds problems, I just get in my own little world




  
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Jul 20, 2007 23:43 |  #24

bbqKing wrote in post #3583876 (external link)
Photography is what i do to get away and not think of work or the worlds problems, I just get in my own little world

I think a lot of us would agree.
I also think that most amateurs would like the feeling of their first sale. To confirm that they are good enough that someone would want to buy their work.


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Jul 22, 2007 01:39 |  #25

Originally Posted by ScottE
If you turn your hobby into a business, what are you going to do for fun?

mrbeagle wrote in post #3502655 (external link)
that's an awesome quote :)

i agree.


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