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How to earn some money with Photography?

 
Ferrari_Alex
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Oct 18, 2009 09:27 |  #1

I wanted to ask you this questions for one reason. I have a good job, good enough to keep me going and save some money. I like photography and I see a lot of value in purchasing best glass (L) and a decent body (say 5D MKII). It cost a lot of money and I was thinking that I do not want to make a living out of photography, but I would be so happy if I could earn money to spend it on my gear - to justify that hobby.

I was also thinking that if I will not be able to sell any of my pictures, It will me that I am not any good in photography and I shall not invest in it.

Would appreciate your suggestions.
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Oct 18, 2009 10:04 |  #2

Alex,,I had a look at your galleries,,there is some nice work there..

Marketing is the key.. You can be the best photographer on this planet but if no-one knows about you or your work, you may as well give it up..


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Oct 18, 2009 10:16 |  #3

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Oct 18, 2009 13:27 |  #4

I wasn't really thinking about the career change. I like what I am doing, but I was questioning myself whether or not my hobby can pay the bills of purchasing the gear - so that whatever I invest I get in return.

So far options I know is:
1. Wedding Photography.....
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I guess that is the only I know....


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Oct 18, 2009 14:31 |  #5
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Always asking myself this every day ...:D good luck with the answer.
I think you shouldn't look for financial means to justify your hobby..justify it with enjoyment; not profitability. You have a good job - let that make the money..get your enjoyment out of photography; don't worry about the money.


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Oct 18, 2009 14:37 |  #6

Ferrari_Alex wrote in post #8845298 (external link)
I wasn't really thinking about the career change. I like what I am doing, but I was questioning myself whether or not my hobby can pay the bills of purchasing the gear - so that whatever I invest I get in return.

So far options I know is:
1. Wedding Photography.....
2.

I guess that is the only I know....

Art Prints
Commercial
Portraiture
Sports
Stock

just to name a few more...


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Oct 18, 2009 14:39 as a reply to  @ LeuceDeuce's post |  #7

Jurgen gave good advice. The business of photography seems not to rest in the photograhy itself. Once you can achieve a minimum standard with your photography, the rest is pure marketing/business.


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Oct 18, 2009 14:46 |  #8

How does stock work?
What is Art Prints?


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Oct 18, 2009 15:56 |  #9

Ferrari_Alex wrote in post #8845653 (external link)
How does stock work?
What is Art Prints?

In a nutshell

Stock Photography is where you take pictures, and an agency (determining that they are saleable) sells them for you. You get some profit, they get some profit. The value of your work depends on the agency you go with.

Art Prints would be where you print your photo, and someone buys it and hangs it on their wall. Whether the client wants a final print already framed or not is up to them.


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Oct 19, 2009 00:56 |  #10

Thanks:-)
I was wondering whether I could try some weddings as this might be the easiest way to earn some additional money. But who knows, I have never done it. All I need to get is about 2000-3000 USD per year:-)


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Here's a great forum to learn all about wedding photography in:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/forumdis​play.php?f=113
It's best to assist with a more experienced shooter, if you plan on getting into it. This can vary, usually you start working for free for a few gigs until you're comfy from what I hear. Some assistant shooters can get 15-100$ an hour depending on where you are, who you assist with and what your skill level is.

I suggest reading up on it, looking for people in your area who do wedding photography and ask to assist with them on a few just to see what its like. Also talk to a few of the wedding guys and gals on here to see if they can offer you some tips (i dont specialize in that market, just try to hack it :D but my area doesn't demand weddings much so im not too sure how dedicated wedding photographers work.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=294717

Make sure to read it from the wedding guru ^himself.

Arguably some of the most stressful of all fields; wedding photographers also have a more dedicated and solider foothold on having a real salary than most other freelance photographers out there.

There are a couple of people here grossing over $ 1 million in revenue a year from wedding photography businesses..


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Oct 19, 2009 02:10 |  #12

Karl Johnston wrote in post #8848903 (external link)
There are a couple of people here grossing over $ 1 million in revenue a year from wedding photography businesses..

Thanks:-) I will read. That is a lot:-)

I only need 2000-3000 USD:-)


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Oct 19, 2009 05:51 |  #13

I have a hobby, which is custom auto sound systems.
When you get to some precise hand-made italian amplifiers, you're facing roughly about 3000$ a piece, and need more than one. That is quite a sum,keeping in mind it's the least part of the whole project cost..
Spent a lot of time thinking, took a friend and together we arranged distributor's rights for some brands parallel to opening a retail store and an installation studio. As all of this is in Russia, id didn't take that much money, but it's been going for less than a year and I already returned all I spent on the car and the equipment..)
That's just an example, clearly not the most profitable one, but it may trigger some thoughts.)


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Oct 19, 2009 13:51 |  #14

This is a good example. I also see that you have earned some money for the nice gear, not just the auto sound system:-)))


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Oct 19, 2009 14:00 |  #15

Ferrari_Alex wrote in post #8851968 (external link)
This is a good example. I also see that you have earned some money for the nice gear, not just the auto sound system:-)))

That is correct;)
Though audio systems are something I'm totally religious about-) Photography is not like that. Yet ;)
It's good to keep progressing, regardless of the area.-)


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