Making a Living

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  1. RobC

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    I'm just wondering how many people actually make a living out doing purely black and white photography whether it's Landscape, Portrait, Wedding or some other branch of photography.
     
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    Quite a few, but they wonÂ’t answer because they all staved to death years ago.
     
  3. RobC

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    I'm hungry:D
     
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    I've noticed that many of the folks who are actually busy making a living doing photography don't spend a whole lotta time hanging out on the 'net. Several I've met in the past few years hadn't even heard of APUG! :surprised:
     
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    I suspect there's a lot of truth in that.
     
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    Either I don't fit the general basket or I better reduce my input here :wink:
     
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    i have been ... since about 1991.
     
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    Looks like a fair bit of colour work in there to me...
     
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    yeah ...
    about 2/3 - 3/4 of it is black and white -
    habs/haer documentations
    - archival contact prints
    4x5 film and 35mm enlargements.

    sorry i misread your original post ...:rolleyes:
     
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    Well, I'm glad I don't have to make a living from being a photographer, judging by the number of prints I've been able to sell in my life... :smile: I admire those that can do it, though. Seems like a tough way to go through it. I see it as supplemental income.
    Good luck!
    - Thomas
     
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    Where is APUG's Sales Gallery?

    I've been thinking of offering some prints
    for sale via APUG's sales gallery. After
    searching today I could not find it.
    Has it been dropped? Dan
     
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    Yes... I think it became a bit of a headache for Sean for a variety of reasons. Not sure if it will return in some form.
     
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    i tried to make a income out of my own images once , many years ago.

    decided id rather chew of my own foot.

    i then decided to make my living from printing other peoples pictures using English photo magazines to advertise, that worked well but i had cut it a bit fine with my start up cash and ran out of money so moved to new zealand :0)

    i then realized my true calling and that was to buy every discarded camera i could find and make them good again and resell them as a dealer

    i started 4 years ago in new zealand, full time and made great money there, i then moved to amsterdam and started up the same business , buying out of one of the richest seams of photo gear i have ever seen.

    it has had a great effect on my own photography due to having access to all the gear i need and i have a full large format darkroom in my house.
    i am now once again advertising my commercial photo printing service to my camera customers.
    printing all film material up to 5 x 7 inch negs .

    i know that i wouldnt be taking pictures now if i hadnt gotten my screwdrivers out and started to bring all of those lovely old cameras back to life

    i love photography not taking photos
     
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    I make my entire living from photography, but I have to admit it is 100% color now, a combination of film and digital. I shoot b/w almost exclusively for my personal art.
     
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    My income is 100% B&W portrait / people photography, both commissioned and commercial.

    - CJ