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What are some challenges in being a photographer: the bad that dosen't get talked about enough?

Dykell
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David’s Answer

Hi Dykell, this is an interesting approach to a photography career. I'll start with the cost of pro gear and I'll assume you're not going to be a studio photographer shooting advertising. I say that because the price to open a studio for advertising work could run at least several hundred thousand dollars. So, pro gear for a freelancer; I'll say a minimum of $35 to $45,000. That's just camera bodies and lenses and the misc. stuff. A great deal of your gear outlay depends on what you're shooting. You are going to learn how to use a camera; self-taught or college. I recommend getting a four year degree so you can earn a living while you're building your photo business. Oh, you're going to need a professional website with great images that can show future clients what you offer as a photographer.
Now the "bad" stuff. You have to find work. If you can find a salaried position as a staff photographer, life is good. If you go the freelance route, you will spend 80% of your time chasing work. You have to consistently look for new clients in whatever genre of photography you choose.
This assumes your have the passion and talent to produce professional photographs consistently.
If you have the passion to pursue your dreams, then none of the above will be bad.
Best of luck.
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Charlie’s Answer

Photography can be exciting, but as your questions suggests there are some down sides. Time and time management come to mind, depending what you want to shoot, you may be getting up driving to a location and setting up in darkness to get that great sunrize image. . You may need to work evening and weekends, so while your family and friends are relaxing and having a good time, you could be working. For some people, Deadlines are a real problem, as a general rule, you can't miss a deadline! So you might be exhausted, and worn-down, but need to carry on in order to make the target capture or delivery date &time. Business travel is different than going on vacation, sitting on the plane, train or bus to get somewhere, and then moving around in a strange environment can be challenging. Until you get established, you will have to pitch and manage the business side of the projects An agent can be a blessing and a curse, they develop relationships with other business and industries, and fit you in when the need is there. They take a cut of the income. Some assignments, projects, and campaigns have strong down sides, and you have to look at each adventure, and determine if you can live with the situation and environment. there a times when you are putting your wants and needs off, to achieve the great results! I can't tell you the amount of times I have worked thru lunch or dinner. Good luck in your adventure. . . .
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