So, you wanna be a photographer?

I don’t know if you remember, back in November, I wrote a post titled Rise of the Planet of Photographers. It basically explained that being a photographer is a business and not something you can just improvise. And you can’t just go ahead and  do whatever (offer undervalued services or worse: free!) to attract clients because by doing that you lead said client to think this is the norm and you are basically killing an entire industry.

I don’t know how I missed it (thanks Steve for bringing it to my attention) but the other day, PetaPixel posted an infographic from Fotoseeds that perfectly describes the current situation in the photography market. Make no mistakes, I think it’s a great time to be a photographer, you have to constantly challenge yourself to prove yourself worthy of your clients’ trust and money. But I won’t deny it would be a lot easier without all the hackers out there not charging enough thus devaluating our jobs and industry.

Fotoseeds’ idea is to create sustainability in the photographic industry. Here is their description of the infographic:

So you love photography, right? Have you thought how you can continue to do what you love? This is the story of how the photography community can become sustainable long-term. We hope it helps clarify some common misconceptions and how we all can be a part of the solution. Pass it on.

Anyway, without any further ado, I present you the mentioned infographic  (click on it for a higher resolution).

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I hope this makes sense to you, I sure know it really does to me.

Cheers,
josh

6 Responses

  1. Marc
    2013-04-11

    Excellente, cette infographie ;-) Et hand-made en plus, ça change des infographes “standards”!
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    • josh
      2013-04-11

      Merci Marc pour ton passage ici. Effectivement, non seulement cette infographie comporte des informations tout à fait justes et intéressantes mais elle est aussi très belle grâce à ce côté “hand-made”.
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  2. ZWP
    2013-04-11

    Very clever and indeed, I think it could almost be considered as a tool for people who are confused with what being a photographer means for them, and how/what it should be to them.

    Great, thanks for sharing!

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    • josh
      2013-04-11

      HI Zoe,

      Thanks for your comment. You are right, this should be a mandatory document in all elementary schools (not just photography) to educate future photographers as well as future clients! (:
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  3. Outside In Studio
    2013-04-11

    Great post! This was definitely reassuring to a relatively new business like us and hopefully it provides a little education for those just starting out.

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    • josh
      2013-04-11

      Hi Vic or Ric (that’s right, I checked you out. Cool site by the way),

      I’m glad I found this and I hope many people will share it. It is important to let people know what is behind the business of photography (or filmmaking for that matter) and that it’s more than just having fun pressing a button.

      Thanks for dropping by! (:
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