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Why are Professional Photographers so expensive? (article)

A little bit of background information about why photographers are so expensive. Many of us work 80 hour weeks, and no, we really don’t make anything close to $200/hr, though that would be very nice.  =P  Also, the author only covers the extensive time required for great photography; he doesn’t go into the costs of equipment, albums, insurance, medical coverage, workshops and education, software programs, hardware upgrades, etc etc. Also, we don’t get 401k plans, paid vacation days, sick leaves, company benefits of any kind, etc. Truth is, the upsides for this business are plenty, but if we wanted to get rich or earn lots of money, this is NOT the career path we would have taken.  :)

 

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  • Ted - Wouldn’t it be nice??

    But thanks for the link! I am gonna link it to my blog too!ReplyCancel

    • Junshien - @Ted: I’m thinking even $100/hr would be nice too. =P

      @Eric: “Okay, so they can now take nicer bad pictures.” Lollll so true!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - I know it would be very nice to make that much per hour. Yes, many people don’t realize how much work goes into producing good images. As the article says it might not even be the time to shoot it but all the time spent learning how and what to do. Most just don’t get it, example being, someone asked me about becoming a better photographer. I said “If you are serious I recommend Scott Robert’s workshop.” Answer…”Oh that would be nice but I can buy a new camera for that.” Okay, so they can now take nicer bad pictures. Go figure.ReplyCancel

  • Shawn Richter - Thank you for reposting my article, I’m glad you enjoyed it enough to share with your readers.ReplyCancel

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