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    Throw in free lawn mowing.
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    How to create a small fortune with Landscape Photography:

    Start with a large one.
    That's just, like, my opinion, man...

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    Marry a rich woman or man.

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    Sounds like the wine biz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    How to create a small fortune with Landscape Photography:

    Start with a large one.
    I'm not sure if you're referring to the many grand vistas of Great Britain, but if so, it's a good point. Considering how many landscape photographers there are to each county (I won't make the rat analogy, but search 'Derbyshire landscape photographer' for example) and how many 'views' each county affords, it seems to me that those who are really successful have found a niche within a niche. Or simply, you have to better everyone else and beat them to the sunrise.

    I really don't think it's possible to make a living from it unless you're leading several workshops a week - an inevitability of the job it would seem. This is how Joe Cornish and David Ward make part of their living and they're selling more prints than anyone else, as well as publishing books. But from the great amount of time I've spent looking at landscape work, I've come to the conclusion that it's more business than simply being at one with the elements.
    Last edited by batwister; 12-24-2012 at 08:31 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    it seems to me that those who are really successful have found a niche within a niche. Or simply, you have to better everyone else and beat them to the sunrise.
    Dominating a niche by producing top work within this unique niche is in my personal experience the number one way to make it in any area of photography in this day and age.

    Once you think your work in this niche is good enough, get out of the mutual praise circles of sites like this and Flickr and get real portfolio reviews from highly regarded photographers who's work you admire. Nine out of ten aspiring photographers fail at turning the craft into a viable business because they fail to find a unique niche, vastly underestimate how much work is involved and quite often overestimate how good their work is mostly due to lack of critical review and instead rely on the endless showers of empty praise on Flickr.

    There will be more Michael Kenna's in the world in going forward, but the manifestation of this level of success can not live in your head alone or even among your peers on APUG.....somehow everyone in line at an "American Idol" audition seems to think that they are the next one.....but only one wins.

    Those are your odds right there....
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    If there is such a thing as reincarnation the last thing I would want to come back as is a professional photographer, landscape or otherwise, I would rather be a professional plumber, because at the prices they charge they must earn more than than an average surgeon, or dentist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    If there is such a thing as reincarnation the last thing I would want to come back as is a professional photographer, landscape or otherwise, I would rather be a professional plumber, because at the prices they charge they must earn more than than an average surgeon, or dentist.
    Guess you don't know enough happy and very successful photographers then...:-)
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    My old posts keep getting bumped, for some reason?! This is the second one from over 3 years ago in less than a week.

    It was nearly 3 years ago that I posted this little pearler. Glad to see it has attracted so much interest though. But yeah, since posting I came to a very significant reality - it's far nicer doing landscape photography for fun and the serene peace one obtains whilst doing it under those conditions instead of "If I get there for 05:30 I might just make it to the top of the hill and catch the sunrise and make a print I can sell for £100"....not for me, not anymore. If one or two of my prints happen to sell as a side-effect, then great. But I'm not actively trying to market like that. I enjoy far more just doing photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    If there is such a thing as reincarnation the last thing I would want to come back as is a professional photographer, landscape or otherwise, I would rather be a professional plumber, because at the prices they charge they must earn more than than an average surgeon, or dentist.
    Being a professional photographer is all well and good, but in the greater cosmic order of things when the toilet starts flushing again EVERYBODY gets a smile on their face...



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    — Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932

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