Can I make a living in photography? That is the question!


posted on 19th of may, 2015

In hindsight, it really boils down to two things, and two things only: luck, and how badly you want it. Without either, you don’t have a career. Remember, you are going into a profession that has no regulation of standards, cutthroat competition, a highly subjective, non-scalable product, and high capital investment. You can be technically competent, professional, and be ready…but if every potential client you approach says no, or you don’t get a break, then you will ultimately run out of money.

Similarly, you can get jobs thrown at you out of the blue, but if you don’t work to maintain your reputation, nobody is going to come back. Talent is probably the lowest thing on the list because that can be learned and improved upon; the rest of it has to be there to some degree before you start....

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Posted by Costa007 on May 20, 2015
If all the photos used for advertisements worldwide would be payed for then this problem would be a lot smaller.
But people are cheap, steal, do not stand up for each other, can't control themselves when they are in a dominant or power position. A civilized jungle where art, love, spirit are on everyone's tongue but mean nothing.

There if you needed an even more dramatic view of the situation :))
Best regards!
Posted by Martingraf on May 19, 2015
It's certainly all true - and reckon it won't get easier over the next few years - what I miss is: is this about passion being an artist or is it just about being self employed? If it's just a job then it's not different to the rat race most people are going through.



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Do editorial photos sell? And at what ratio to commercial?


posted on 19th of december, 2012

I have about 1200 photos on line at DT and practically all are for advertisement. But when I click on contributors portfolios, I see many editorial images. I just got back from a trip to France. Do any images of say, a prespective shot of the Arc de Triomphe with the Champs Elysees on both sides sell? What is the ratio of editorial to commercial sales on DT? Maybe I've been ignoring photos because I can't get 250 model releases or a property release to the Empire State building!
Any thoughts or ideas?

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Posted by Leswrona on September 09, 2014
I have uploaded many images at editorial licence as I like taking pictures of events and interesting people. Now, over half of my portfolio is composed of editorial pictures. Surprisingly enough, I have some downloads of those images. Most of downloads, however, are without any keywords searched for, and this is puzzling me. To answer your question, editorial images are in demand and are worth uploading.
Posted by Sunguy on December 21, 2012
As with Peanutroaster, my best selling image is also an editorial one.
Posted by Peanutroaster on December 21, 2012
My best selling image is an editorial shot.



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Don't quit your regular job just yet!


posted on 6th of may, 2011

Ever wonder how fast "penny" stock ( that's usually how much we get paid ) is growing? Type in any image you're looking for and see how many pages pop up. Many times over 300 and if you multiply that times the number of images on the page, that equals 9000 different images. On what page is your image? If it's on page 289, do you think an art director will have the perseverance to go through all those previous pages to find your image? Scary isn't it. Sometimes I wonder how I sell any images!
Anyways, it all works out OK if like myself, you have pretty low expectations on how much money you're going to make selling stock. I figure it's like a bank account without much money in it that still pays me a 3% dividend each year. Found money. It's getting to the point that it might not be worth driving anywhere...

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Posted by Jdanne on May 07, 2011
I fully agree with you!
Posted by Uptall on May 07, 2011
nice image
Posted by Joezachs on May 07, 2011
If you have a regular job, then photography and microstock should be taken as a hobby.
Maybe once you retire, then you can take it up as a regular job (provided if your sales are good)



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