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New Poll - Dreams of being pro?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Damien_Demolder, May 3, 2008.

  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    I selected "No"...however...

    It would be nice to be able to take photographs that people would want to pay their hard-earned cash for (cash enabling me to hide it from the tax man of course ;))

    It would also be nice to have some small income from it to fund kit purchases...am saving my penies for the 70-200 F4 L IS...

    But at the end of the day, that's where my ambition for professionalism ends...I'd much rather be an amateur.
  2. tazio35

    tazio35 Well-Known Member

    That's fine art photography, isn't it? The one branch where you produce what you like and the punters buy that. Like being a painter rather than an illustrator.
  3. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    For me the answer is easy. A definite NO. I would hate to have to take photographs to meet a brief.

    My photography sometimes has to meet deadlines, as I enter club competitions, but that is different to having always to deliver on time and within budjet.

    It is not for me.
  4. ChrisBrookes

    ChrisBrookes Well-Known Member

    I should like to earn some money from photography, but in the current economic climate I would not even think about starting a business, and I suppose in order to make money you need to be and run a business. And echoing what a lot of others have said I think if I relied on Photography for a living,apart from it being exceptionally hard work, I would not get the same pleasure from it and I suppose I would find myself photograping stuff I had no interest in? And how do you get good shots of people who have a good face for Radio? And then theres the legions out there who say "why does it cost so much when I can get a 4 by 6 for 15p" or whatever! I think trying to be a pro would do my head in, rapidly!
  5. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    Yep!! :)
  6. zx9

    zx9 Well-Known Member

    Turn pro, no way, I am already self-employed doing something that I enjoy.
    Anyway I can't even take pictures for the competitions here never mind working to someone else's brief.
  7. FujiSigmaNolta

    FujiSigmaNolta Well-Known Member

    I would love to, depending on specialization. I would hate to be a wedding photographer, even though I have done that for a while, it's good money for a days work, but no, too stressful, I wouldn't be able to specialise in that. I have done bars and businesses, they tend to be quick jobs, again good money for what it is, but they make me feel artistically numb,birthdays and other occasions, but again no matter how creative I can be with them, I like to have more scope for creativity. I would love though, to specialise nature and or documentary photography and a bit of press stuff (current affairs and other newsworthy stuff, not the dumb pap stuff that some consider press stuff, I personally don't). Yep I would love to turn pro in that, yes. I also love my fine art stuff and I have had people buying stuff (my website is being redesigned and in the backburner for now, to include a wider range of my work so things gone a bit slow) but I guess I would like to keep that for myself. I would also love to work in an editorial picture desk.
  8. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    Couldn't agree more. I don't mind dabbling with Amaly a bit, but, having taken a few family weddings, I would not want to make a living doing that!
  9. cpfc12

    cpfc12 Well-Known Member

    Love to have been an old fashioned beach photographer, complete with old Russian camera of some sort. Little hut by the pier and the bar, with an ice cream seller nearby for exceptionaly hot days. Bournemouth would do very nicely. Digital has ruined all that too. Shame. Er, what was the question? Put me down as a no.
  10. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    I'd love to be in a position to be able to spend all day behind a camera.........but I don't think I'd want it to be a position where I have to spend all day behind a camera..........

    Makes me a 'No' with just a soupcon of 'Part Time Pro' hankering..... :D
  11. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    I would like, perhaps, to arrange a small exhibition of my best photos and offer them for sale. The small income from such a thing would help finance some more photography. Really, what is nice is being able to show ones work to others. Surely, that is also part of the pleasure of photography.

    But to have to do it to earn a crust would not be my choice.
  12. Benchmark

    Benchmark Well-Known Member

    Photography is essential to my work, and I spend much of my time taking and editing those photographs. I also use professional quality equipment, but does that make me a professional?

    In truth, I would like to spend more time taking photographs where and when I want, and not having to write supporting reports; but unless I was exceptionally talented, and could sell my photographs for £ hundreds each, I really don't think I would want to make my living that way. It would just be too much like hard work.

    And as for wedding photography, forget it! :)
  13. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    No. Being a pro would make photography a job. Something to do to earn a lving. Something to do well enough but no better.
    Being amateur is to photograph what I want when I want and the way I want. I can afford the time to do it the way I want.
  14. FujiSigmaNolta

    FujiSigmaNolta Well-Known Member

    In my personal opinion, I think that there is the slightly misconcepted view that because you are a pro you can't shoot what you want and you are somewhat constrained by the demands of your job. What if you are actually making a living shooting what you want? I had a small seminar with some photojournalists at my University, Sean Smith was one of them and I could say that despite all of the stresses of the job, it is what they want and they love it. Sean Smith's work for example is instantly recognisable, has a personal style (and a very good one at that) and has creative flair. He manages to tell a whole story in one frame.

    I think it pretty much depends what kind of photography work you end up doing. As I said, I would hate ending up doing wedding photography, but there are also quite a few out there that love it and make a good living out of it.
    It's all a bit subjective.
  15. Benchmark

    Benchmark Well-Known Member

    But if your type of photography didn't pay the bills you would have no choice but to photograph to other people's briefs.
  16. Burgy

    Burgy In the Stop Bath

    There is always room for a pro to shoot what he wants as well as shooting the brief.
  17. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    I find the subject of work of any kind so tedious.
  18. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Now there are REAL words of wisdom. ;)
  19. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    I love work ... I can watch people doing it for hours and hours.
  20. Ken_Moffat

    Ken_Moffat Well-Known Member

    Used to get a few christenings though!

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