Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
I would phrase it differently.

"You can't expect to shoot any properly paid gigs nowadays....unless your marketing and business practices are good."

There really are plenty of people that can do really nice photographs. I would think that a super majority of the 61,052 APUG members that exist at the time of this post could easily reach the quality threshold required.

There are far fewer people who are willing to do the work and take the risks needed to make a good business of it.

Examples of some successful film shooters in the portrait and wedding market.

http://canlasphotography.blogspot.com/

http://josevillablog.com/

I'm not suggesting that film can fit every market but these guys are proof that it can work just fine in their market.

No, this isn't about your ability. It is about the business of photography. Just because you are capable of shooting film, it does not mean you can make a successful business out of your photography. You must have a market for you works. And clients who are willing to pay for your services at your asking price. And whether or not you can fulfill your client's expectations with the necessary turn around time. I am pretty sure it is not a smart idea to promote yourself as a film wedding photographer in order to define your niche market and your style.... you have to ask yourself if the couples would care if the photos are shot with film or digital?? All they want is good quality photos. Not all couples are art majors. Not all couples know anything about photography.