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Uncle Pete

« on: January 23, 2015, 11:03 »
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Pretty funny. I think he's making some good points.

https://fstoppers.com/business/10-signs-you-will-not-make-it-successful-photographer-32932

#7 was extra special: If you are in photography for the money, you picked the wrong career.  By choosing a genre just for the money you are setting yourself up for destruction. Eventually, you will burn out and without the wild fire and passion inside you, your business will not grow. Do what you love and you will get good at it.


« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 11:53 »
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this is like all those web gurus professing their expertise on -
-how to get laid
- how i made a million in 6 months
or like those fortune-tellers on the horoscope sites
who sit there waiting for calls ; makes me wonder why they would wait
all day when they could already see the future that no one is going to call them ;D

Semmick Photo

« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 12:46 »
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Some points apply to me, therefore I wont be a successful photographer, but success can only be defined by ones self. I think for me, I have been somewhat successful, depending on my expectations, which I have exceeded already.  :D

« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2015, 12:47 »
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I didn't choose photography for the money, but if I was just a hobby I would have a much smaller port.

Hopefully Doctors and nurses do not pick those jobs for the money either, but I don't think they'd do them for free.

« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2015, 14:40 »
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My twitter feed is chock full of people advising other people how not to fail at everything - largely because they themselves discovered early on they were useless at everything and it was easier to make money pointing other people in the (not necessarily) right direction. Guaranteed to wind me up but I attract them with targeted hash tags so I can in turn pimp my snaps to them.

No Free Lunch

« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2015, 14:52 »
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Yeah, the guy walking around bragging about his 1D Canon usually has a 'Small Tripod'   :)



Uncle Pete

« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2015, 19:36 »
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Those who can't make a living doing something, become teachers. (not a shot at anyone here, that came from my college days)  :)

Some parts are useful, like one person can't be an expert at everything? Or how "Consistently blowing off other people and their comments will prevent you from being successful." But most of it could be found in any sensible view of treating anything as a business.

It was intended as amusement not the answer to the meaning of life... (which I know, but I can't reveal)  ;)


My twitter feed is chock full of people advising other people how not to fail at everything - largely because they themselves discovered early on they were useless at everything and it was easier to make money pointing other people in the (not necessarily) right direction. Guaranteed to wind me up but I attract them with targeted hash tags so I can in turn pimp my snaps to them.

« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2015, 21:28 »
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Uncle Pete - fun list, and I'm happy to see I don't have to worry at all about Signs 1-3
(Mr. Know-It-Alll, Negative Guy, Gear-Centric Guy)

 - Ms. Ann  ;)



Uncle Pete

« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2015, 21:37 »
+2
Got It.

Also I should have added that people who can't make good photos or have no art talent for Microstock, often become reviewers.   ::) (oh oh I see my rejection percentages going up now)

Uncle Pete - fun list, and I'm happy to see I don't have to worry at all about Signs 1-3
(Mr. Know-It-Alll, Negative Guy, Gear-Centric Guy)

 - Ms. Ann  ;)



« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2015, 00:10 »
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I liked the gear centric one.  I am contstantly asked by non photographers (and by other photogs) what gear, etc I am using with the implications that I am so skilled BECAUSE of my gear.  Or if they had the same gear they could make that image too.  My favorite is when they ask me to take a photo of them using their p&s or phone then are amazed at what a difference just good composition makes with their OWN equipment.  LOL

I am admittedly terrible at marketing. That is why I don't do photography as my primary income.  Doesnt matter that I am an excellent landscape photographer, I am terrible at selling myself as a brand.   So, I will always just do photography as a hobby that pays for itself




« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2015, 01:59 »
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I liked the gear centric one.  I am contstantly asked by non photographers (and by other photogs) what gear, etc I am using with the implications that I am so skilled BECAUSE of my gear.

There's a much-quoted line from a famous wildlife photographer who says that whenever non-photogs admire his images, they usually say something like: "Wow, you must have some great lenses!"

And his standard answer is something like: "Yes, I do have some great lenses. But not once have those lenses ever gotten up before dawn and gone out in the cold to make images all by themselves."


I am admittedly terrible at marketing. That is why I don't do photography as my primary income.  Doesnt matter that I am an excellent landscape photographer, I am terrible at selling myself as a brand.   So, I will always just do photography as a hobby that pays for itself

I could have written exactly the same thing. I've been shooting birds and other wildlife (with great Canon "L" lenses) for decades, but never did it have to be my primary income. So no, I don't pretend to be a pro. Just one of those dreaded "hobbyists" who loves being out in nature, producing fine images, and earning enough from them to feed my habit.
« Last Edit: January 24, 2015, 02:08 by marthamarks »

« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2015, 05:50 »
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Choosing Quantity Over Quality

Aim to take just one amazing photo on a shoot and not 20 mediocre ones. With time, the amount of quality images will increase from shoot to shoot. The goal is to show off a portfolio that will blow people's minds. Additionally, your fans don't care to see 15 OK photos from the same shoot, they want to see one amazing photo and variety. Do not flood your page with a new album for each shoot.

True that's why film cameras are better for beginners.


 

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