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May 09, 2010 21:09 |  #1

So I love to travel.

Lets just say theoretically I have an innate ability to take beautiful photos of landscapes, cities, people in cities, and natural wonders. How likely would it be that I could sell these to bring in enough income to live on and pay for travels?




  
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May 09, 2010 21:15 |  #2

Very unlikely. It's a hugely competitive market for that sort of thing - just like travel writing. Often you have to both write and take photos to get yourself published.

There's a ton of info out there on the 'net and in books on this sort of thing... if it really is your passion you may end up making it work but it would be a long, hard road.




  
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May 09, 2010 21:38 |  #3

Very unlikely. Who's do you plan to sell these photos to? Have you ever purchased one yourself?


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May 09, 2010 22:26 |  #4

I have a few friends that do pretty well doing that style shooting and working the craft show circuits. Lots of hours, but I think they make a modest living from it.

Personally I've found to make a living with my camera requires many multiple small income streams from it.


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May 10, 2010 12:54 |  #5

Maybe you could travel through a magazine, maybe even together with a writer?


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May 10, 2010 15:26 |  #6

There is a guy locally who travels quite a bit doing street portraits internationally, these trips are financed through his studio where he does portrait/commercial work.

I would love travel and take photos as well, it is something I am working towards. Start small to build your portfolio and writing, then you can present to magazines and work your way up. Good luck.


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May 10, 2010 17:32 |  #7

tim wrote in post #10151545 (external link)
Very unlikely. Who's do you plan to sell these photos to? Have you ever purchased one yourself?

I have two

one of the great wall and one of guilin


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May 10, 2010 22:36 |  #8

the secret to making a living at any type of work that has a ton of competition is this
1-build a stellar reputation
2- Develop a beautiful portfolio
3- Develop a unique technique
4- Have a great presence.
Then charge newbie photographers 5k a piece to teach them how to shoot in gorgeous places just like you do.


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May 10, 2010 22:38 |  #9

easiest way is to work on a cruise ship


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May 11, 2010 02:09 |  #10

Like Tim said you need to think who's going to buy these photos, and why they would pay you the thousands of dollars it takes to live and travel on when they can get a subscription to a stock website where there are virtually limitless photos for significantly less than they would pay you.

The think with weddings is that you've got 1 chance to get it right so there will always be people prepared to pay a premium to ensure they get a pro and the moment is not lost, the same applies for a commercial shoot where they're getting models and all sorts of other stuff lines up for the day. Travel photography is a different ballgame altogether, there's no risk associated with purchasing cheap stock images because you can see exactly what you're buying before you part with your cash, and there will ALWAYS be thousands of amazingly talented amateur travel photographers happy to get paid next to nothing to see their photo in a magazine or ad.

I'm saying in 2010 it's borderline impossible to achieve what you're suggesting. Maybe you could carve a niche as a fine art artist and sell limited quantities of your images to cashed up art lovers, but it's not going to be easy.


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May 11, 2010 02:12 |  #11

zagiace wrote in post #10158288 (external link)
the secret to making a living at any type of work that has a ton of competition is this
1-build a stellar reputation
2- Develop a beautiful portfolio
3- Develop a unique technique
4- Have a great presence.
Then charge newbie photographers 5k a piece to teach them how to shoot in gorgeous places just like you do.

Or skip all of the above and develop a marketing ability that rivals PT Barnum to the point that you could sell a drowning man a glass of water!

Anything can be sold provided you can convince a buyer to buy!


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Oct 02, 2010 00:46 |  #12

qwerty11 wrote in post #10151374 (external link)
So I love to travel.

Lets just say theoretically I have an innate ability to take beautiful photos of landscapes, cities, people in cities, and natural wonders. How likely would it be that I could sell these to bring in enough income to live on and pay for travels?

Old post but thought is was worth mentioning... of course you can do this and many people do, I am pretty surprised how many people think it is not possible. But just realize that 90% of your dream job is actually hustling your work to the right outlets. The images will be easy part.

Read books, many out there with good advice. Also the ability to write will heavily increase your success.


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Oct 02, 2010 00:51 as a reply to  @ Fstop-Ian's post |  #13

OP asked how likely.
While it's certainly possible and there are shooters who are doing it (Rick Sammons comes to mind for me), I don't think it's likely.

I hear fine art and travel photography is very hard to break into, so while it's doable, I would think it's hard to get into it.


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Oct 02, 2010 02:29 as a reply to  @ Tee Why's post |  #14

I think your best option is to identify a target market somehow that will fit in with your travelling.


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