Photography As A Career

Posted on 4/22/2015 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

It’s that time of year when high school seniors are waiting for college acceptance letters and thinking about future careers. If you know someone who is thinking about photography as a career you might want to point them to the stories listed below.

Photography was a great career for many of my generation who were children at the time of WWII. For those of “Generation Z,” the New Silent Generation as it’s called, taking pictures is unlikely to be a productive way of earning a living. Photography is fun, and a way to express oneself creatively, but it will be almost impossible to earn a decent living by devoting oneself to picture taking as a career. At best, photography will be a supplement to other more lucrative ways of earning income.

If you know of someone who is thinking of spending lots of money for a college education that will train them for a career in photography; tell them to think again.

Photography: Business vs Means of Self Expression
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/photography-business-vs-means-of-self-express

The Future of Still Photography: Hobby or Career
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/the-future-of-still-photography-hobby-or-care

Seeking A Career In Photography
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/seeking-a-career-in-photography

StudentStock: Educating The Next Generation of Photographers
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/studentstock-educating-the-next-generation-of

So You Want To Be A Stock Photographer
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/so-you-want-to-be-a-stock-photographer

Is There A Future In Stock Photography?
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/is-there-a-future-in-stock-photography??

Image Licensing Trends
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/image-licensing-trends

Changing Photography Business
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/changing-photography-business?

The Cost Of Producing Stock?
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/the-cost-of-producing-stock?

$15 Per Hour
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/15-per-hour

How To Make Money As A Travel Photographer In 2015
http://www.selling-stock.com/Article/how-to-make-money-as-a-travel-photographer-in


Copyright © 2015 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-251-0720, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  

Comments

  • Bill Bachmann Posted Nov 21, 2015
    Jim, if you are good and a good businessman, you can still succeed. Many of us are a lot younger than WWII age, and doing well. Look at young guys lo=ike Yuri.... he does well. Some older than him, like myself, are doing well. If you work hard, have talent and HAVE BUSINESS SKILLS, you can do well! I give lectures & seminars, I wrote a best-selling book on the topic and I have seen many people take my advise and do well. Your advise is always negative -- the sky is falling! Wrong. It is not as easy, buth the opportunities are still there for talented photographers! www.billbachmann.com


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