advice on finding work?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris, Feb 27, 2004.

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    Chris Guest

    I'm wondering if anyone had any suggestions for someone who isn't an
    "established" photo-journalist, artist, studio pro, etc.., who was looking
    to find some basic work involving his camera?

    I can't really move around much, but I am willing to experiment with various
    types of shots, have free time, and I live on the beach so I can take some
    pretty good coastal shots.

    Just looking for a way to supplement my income alittle.

    I've heard somewhere that there are companies, etc., who are willing to pay
    for photos for greeting cards and such. Any success in that?

    Tips appreciated. Thanks.
    Chris, Feb 27, 2004
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    Deathwalker Guest

    Jessops are always recruiting. simply fail all your exams and apply!
    Deathwalker, Feb 27, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    You might want to try This is a stock agency. They have a
    variable (negotiable) licensing program.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Feb 27, 2004
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    David Guest

    it might help if you say if mention what type of photography you want to
    concentrate on. One approach doesn't fit all; if you can take good
    journalistic photos it doesn't mean you can take studio work.

    David, Feb 27, 2004
  5. This is VERY good advice !!! Take it onboard ...
    I'm a studio photographer and I am well out of my depth with light I cannot
    have 100% control over ...
    Not in my trousers, Feb 27, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    And the Photographers Market.
    Matt Clara, Feb 28, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    I don't believe in light I don't have control over. That's why the almighty
    Gods of the camera invented filters.
    Chris, Feb 28, 2004
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    Gerald Place Guest

    You might try getting in touch with the Bureau of Freelance Photographers in
    the UK. They publish a market handbook which gives full details of what
    publishers require including calendars & greeting cards. Most still
    stipulate medium format transparencies (some still prefer larger formats).
    There must be a similar publication in the US, but this one does at least
    make it clear what publishers are looking for.

    Gerald Place, Feb 28, 2004
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    David Guest

    Almighty God has more than a leg up on filters. It requires patience for the
    right natural light.

    David, Feb 28, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    A couple flower shops around here carry photos of flowers mounted on
    greeting cards. A local "amateur" makes these. The photography is very
    good, eg: the guy --KNOWS-- his gig very well. According to the one
    clerk I asked, they do sell. Now how much 'recovery' the fellow is
    making, I'm not sure at all...

    A fellow at my photo club has gotten into the budget wedding, batism.
    partis photography market. Word of mouth, friends, family, work
    contacts. All 35mm work with a couple lenses, flashes, etc... With his
    minimal approach he turns out very professional looking wedding
    portraits and albums, etc. It's not MF, but for the rates his customers
    are paying they are getting good value. They could not afford even the
    most budget oriented pro, so it's not like he's slaughtering any pros at
    any level.

    A lady in the same club who excels in fine art photography has put on
    two shows in the past couple years. She has made single framed print
    sales on the order of $200 - $300, and some of her prints have sold
    dozens of copies. (Note: framing costs here eat into those bucks).

    I met a fellow where I dev prints, and he shoots only car and motorcylce
    races. Sells the images to the racing teams. The owner of the photo
    store says that guy makes a decent sideline.

    When there are special events locally, I offer to shoot them at my risk
    on sales. This has only netted modest profits, more often losses (more
    to do with after event marketing of the images (eg: preparing everything
    for presentation). If I included the real costs (overhead/cap-dep, my
    time) then it would be so far from a real business as to be insane.

    Stock agencies have pretty high standards. That is to say you need to
    have a good volume of top rate images to present. One of the sports
    shooters here in the NG (that we hear from from time to time) is quite
    adament about licencing his images rather than selling them (in fact has
    set up his own stock agency). Google for the details.

    Search the web: at one point I did stumble across a web service to
    market photos, and their only standard seemed to be that you get a
    scanned image to them. (I don't recall the name of the site; If memory
    serves (*danger*danger*) you would send in images and keywords, and
    their clients would search by category, keyword, etc. view the images
    and then contact you via the site to arrange the sale/licencing.)


    Alan Browne, Feb 28, 2004
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    stan Guest

    A troll. Thought so from the beginning.
    Visual Arts Photography
    stan, Mar 1, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    You want to do stock photography, I take it? Go to and search in
    books for "photographers market", and you'll turn up several titles that
    contain a wealth of information on who to solicit your photos to, and how to
    go about doing it.

    Mike Kohary, Mar 1, 2004
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