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Old 26th September 2012
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Re: Professional photography

Since Adam asked for this advice back in May last year, it would be interesting to hear from him to see what has eventuated.
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Since Adam asked for this advice back in May last year, it would be interesting to hear from him to see what has eventuated.
Adam last posted here in January.
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Re: Professional photography

John,
I come to this from the complete opposite end of the spectrum to you.

I am a newcomer to photography in general, for most of that time I have been dabbling with microstock.

I realise that makes me a bit of a pariah but I genuinely enjoy the challenge of taking a picture that is technically good enough and then the intellectual challenge of working out what might actually sell.

By doing this I have been exposed to other's photography and, hopefully, my eyes have been opened to the more artistic side of this great pastime.

You take your fun where you can find it,if it makes a few quid as well then bonus!

I would not want to pay the mortgage with photography but a meaningful top up is certainly doable.
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Blimey I hadn't realised that.

The outcome would be interesting.

I suspect it wouldn't be positive, the "pro's" who have shared have detailed the hard work and skill required to make a proper living.
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Re: Professional photography

Well I never saw this thread the first time or I would have given my normal reply.

Making a living from photography in the people sector is 10% photographic skill and 90% marketing skill.

Many a skilled photgrapher has gone to the wall while a average one has flourished.

If you have ever seen a successful Pros's work and thought it was mediocre and I can do better than that, then see the above.
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Re: Professional photography

I enjoyed the replies and advice given here, thanks folks.
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... I was good at it and getting commisions locally and wider (weekends and evenings) but as has been said not earning enough to support mortgage/family etc.

I gave it up because I found that for several years I never took a camera out unless there was money involved, I lost my hobby and my mojo in a oner. Truthfully, good photos, were few and far between, standard setups guaranteed to work took over, I was no longer good at my craft just a good exponent of some tried and tested workflows and never enjoyed the challenge. I could possibly have developed the part time business into full time but decided that the whole reason I enjoyed my hobby was exactly that it was a hobby which challenged me artistically and gave me somewhere to escape to. .

There is so much GREAT EXPERIENCE and ADVICE here !

I wonder what you have decided to do Adam ?

I have a few friends you recently got the "well, Thanks for all your hard work, late nights to 11pm no overtime paid ... BUT ... we are soo sorry we have to let you go ..."

they too, were in the dilemma of "go pro Togging" ... I said, "amazing but the real MONEY is in gardening (tidy up and mow green stuff and take away cuttings ; cleaning patio & drive (Pressure Washing) and supply grit & sand for winter pavements in October ; for the Elders - in certain Places ... large homes or posh homes in nice places ... easy to identify

they are doing all this and Togging too - but find the Togging falling off and the other home help increasing - but it pays the bills
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There is so much GREAT EXPERIENCE and ADVICE here !

I wonder what you have decided to do Adam ?

I have a few friends you recently got the "well, Thanks for all your hard work, late nights to 11pm no overtime paid ... BUT ... we are soo sorry we have to let you go ..."

they too, were in the dilemma of "go pro Togging" ... I said, "amazing but the real MONEY is in gardening (tidy up and mow green stuff and take away cuttings ; cleaning patio & drive (Pressure Washing) and supply grit & sand for winter pavements in October ; for the Elders - in certain Places ... large homes or posh homes in nice places ... easy to identify

they are doing all this and Togging too - but find the Togging falling off and the other home help increasing - but it pays the bills
The other problem with turning a hobby into your living, is that it now becomes work & work sometimes becomes "that 4 letter" word. I learnt violin making & now repair, set-up new imported instruments (others make instruments for a smaller, more expensive market) & (eventually) do all the paper work. It has now become work! Yes, it is enjoyable being able to work at my pace & when I want but it still isn't all enjoyable fun as the less enjoyable stuff comes in too. Photography would still have the same issues.
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