anything good about the photography business?????

ive read alot of answers to aspiring photographers and most of the answers are really trying to scare the photographers trying to break into the business. im 18 and ive already started my business. im going to college for photography, but some of things ive heard are quite discouraging. can you tell the good points of being in the photography business? not all the negative stuff, ive already heard it all.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are some who don't want fresh blood into the business, because of the advent of digital any Tom, Dick or Harry is opening a photography business. My suggestion, for what it's worth, is at your age, learn by working with a good professional as a practicum, or apprentice for a year or so, and see for yourself what is involved. College is great and all, but not a neccessary factor in this business. Experience will be your best teacher. Get under a pro for a while!

    Photography has been and always will be my life personally, but I have met many through the years that shouldn't do it.

    Unfortunately, you might have spoken to a few of those.

    Dude, follow your dreams and keep a eye on what you want as an end result. Don't every deviate from the goal.. Sounds corny, but listen, I know and have been there.

    Find your niche in photography, and go from there. But make sure what you have to offer sells. I have had to do alot of photography I didn't care for to make the bills, but trust me, it will pay off. You gotta love this business. And if you do, it WILL reward you.

    Sorry for the soap box sermon, but that is a topic for young photographers that I gotta put my two cents in.

    Hope that helps, and good luck to you.

    Source(s): My own success and failings.
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  • 1 decade ago

    To be successful in the photography business, you must be two people. One, an artist using the technology of photography to create quality imagery. And two, a salesman and self promoter. These two rarely appear together. Many successful photographers have agents or partners to handle the business side. Once you have positioned yourself away from the business side, the real enjoyment happens.

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  • 4 years ago

    Oh good lord!!! A whole 150$ a YEAR!? That's like all of 12$ a month ... oh wait ... it's actually tax deductible expense as a business expense so it's not REALLY 12$ a month if you think about it. You SERIOUSLY need to sit down with a business consultant so that they can explain to you how to operate a business ... here's a small tip: You pass your costs on to your clients ... It's a cost of doing business and so, when you create you pricing for your products and packages you take that cost into consideration. I spend 3200$ a year just to have a booth at 2 wedding shows, I update my physical portfolio about once a year (my style has changed quite a bit) at a cost of about 200$ a year, I spend 250$ a year on web hosting, I spend 30$ a year on my domain name, I spend 150$ a year on my accountant, I spend 35$ a year for Animoto, I spend 840$ a year on my internet access, I spend 80$ a year on business cards ... so on, so forth ... I think you get the idea ... If 150$ a year seem EXTREMELY expensive to you as a business expense then I bet it;s safe to assume: - you don't have any liability insurance, - you aren't paying an accountant to handle you taxes, - you don't have business cards, - you haven't made any physical portfolios, - you don't have equipment insurance, - you don't have backup gear, - you don't have PROPER gear, - you don't have a redundant backup system for your client files, - you haven't contacted a lawyer to review your client contracts - ... so on, so forth. There are 2 types of costs to a photography running a business: - Operating costs cellphone, internet access, office supplies, insurances, yearly memberships (Animoto, Smug Mug, Photography Associations ...) ... so on so forth. - Shoot / Product specific costs Cost of the final product for your client, travel, special gear rental, hair and make-up artists ... so on so forth. After you've covered those 2 costs, everything else is profit so figure out what those costs are and create your prices so that you HAVE a profit ... all expenses considered. I have a client that just emailed me last week ... she had bought digital files on a DVD from me along with a usage licence ... she damaged her disks before backing up the files. I;m sending her a free USB drive with the images ... why? not because I have to (my contractual oligations are over) but because i want a happy return client. How cab I do this? Cause I budgeted my costs approprietly to allow me bit of slack. Using free services puts your business at risk ... you have limited to no control over that service, most of them have advertising that could tarnish your businesses reputation. If you build your pricing around a free service and it disappears you current prices won't cover your expenses and you'll find yourself hemoraging money trying to meet your contractual obligations ... What you appear to have right now is not a business ... it's a hobby.

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  • 1 decade ago


    You get to sleep in most days, except for saturdays...

    (Yes, Ansel Adams started as a portrait and wedding photographer too, and did lots and lots of commercial work to pay for the ability to do all the cool stuff he did)

    IF YOU'RE GOOD (or know the right people) you get to shoot hot chicks and or cars.

    And sometimes you even get paid.

    And when you get to write off all your cameras etc. as a business expense....and half of meals and all travel when for business. That seriously rocks.

    Ohhhh MAN, you just have to KNOW the answer to that question.

    Otherwise go be an actuary and make killer money and take pics on the weekend.

    Peace out.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Just like any art career, i.e. graphic design, arts & crafts...not only you've to know the art fundamental. After that, you've to learn from other professionals, research, practice and improve the skill. Most important, you've to be creative, build your own style and make your name out of it. When you get famous, hire a manager if you do not know how to run your business. So many “negative professional advice“ just because they don’t want you to take away their business. But if photography is what you like most, go ahead be successful.

    Good Luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think that others are trying to scare people away. I think it's more of, depending on what photography career you are going into, there are specific challenges that must be understood and accepted.

    If these people think they can handle it then, they should press on.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ask Logan Alexander in Los Angeles. He knows a lot about the business...

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    1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    embark in the photography biz ONLY if you love photography...

    else, it aint worth your time and effort man...

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