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Photographer

Eridu

Posts: 623

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Jules NYC wrote:

I know this is a hypothetical, but interesting in it, I am a waitress:)

If you are a lawyer, then you would have more money to pay me I'd figure.

I'm broke but I still adore you.

Oct 13 12 07:13 pm Link

Model

Jules NYC

Posts: 16248

New York, New York, US

Autonomy II wrote:

I'm broke but I still adore you.

smile

I never cared about $
Seriously.

Oct 13 12 07:16 pm Link

Photographer

Craig Allen Studio

Posts: 4307

Tacoma, Washington, US

"Photographers and their rants about costs"

I think in most cases the size of the rant is inversely proportional to the lack of talent.

Oct 13 12 08:03 pm Link

Photographer

Barry Kidd Photography

Posts: 2524

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, US

Robert Helm wrote:
Photographers that rant about costs are not charging enough. Guys billing 5 and six figure jobs are not complaining about the cost of their camera.

I guess that means me. 

Well perhaps not. It depends on how you look at it.

I never "rant" about cost but I do worry about cost.  I never buy toys for the sake of buying toys (Though I would like to.)  I have to honestly be able to justify everything I buy and it has to fit into the types of gear that make up the bulk of my income.  Everything else is rented here and there if it's needed.

I have never made 6 figures for a job. 

I rarely make 5 figures though I have occasionally. 

I don't live fancy and I do have to watch my spending but I do survive and love what I do. (Most of the time.)

Yes, there are big money 6 figure photographers out there out there but the bulk of them are like me and I most certainly do not undercharge my clients.  I never under any circumstances underbid or undercut my fellow photographers. 

To say that every photographer that does not routinely work 5 and 6 figure jobs is undercharging is a flat out an insult to 99.99%  or more of the professional photographers out there that are working to support them selves and their family's. 

This is the world that we live in. Simple as that.

Oct 26 12 07:33 pm Link

Photographer

Barry Kidd Photography

Posts: 2524

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, US

SB Glamour Photos wrote:
In saying that, your work is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. You have to be worth more than your expenses, otherwise you have wasted your money buying more than you can afford....... or you are the owner of a nice fun hobby!

1. Our work is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay.  If we charge more than someone was willing to pay then we have an income of zero. That is when our businesses becomes just a hobby.

2. I was talking about CDB and the fact that CDB must be covered first.  I did not say that CDB was the be all and end all of what was charged to the client.

3. I'm sure you knew and understood that but nice http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iw5TaUpM1OI/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAABg/oWjr6XtVW8o/s120-c/photo.jpg just the same.

Oct 26 12 08:01 pm Link

Photographer

PhotoSeven

Posts: 1194

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

rp_photo wrote:
I am proud of:

Being self-taught and spending virtually nothing on education.

Doing what I can with "very low 5 figures" worth of gear.

Never taking pay.

Paying worthy models more and more.

"never take pay"   so what is your day job?

Oct 26 12 09:24 pm Link

Photographer

Revenge Photography

Posts: 1833

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I prefer to just quietly suck at being a photographer

Oct 26 12 09:32 pm Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8875

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

-Koa- wrote:

I'm impressed!

Not really, but I figured you needed the ego boost.

-Koa-
www.borikenwarrior.com
www.facebook.com/borikenwarriorstudiosmodels

I don't know about him, but I sure as hell do.

Oct 27 12 01:18 am Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8875

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

KlassyKlix wrote:
Bragging about the cost of equipment seems silly. I don't hear llamas bragging about their expensive clothes.

I do.

Oct 27 12 01:19 am Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8875

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

robert b mitchell wrote:
So many egos to contend with. It will never end "the I AM better than you" syndrome. Just take the darn photos.

My photos are better then yours, because I use a Nikon.  :>)

Oct 27 12 01:22 am Link

Model

JessicaB - Model

Posts: 122

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Jules NYC wrote:

It does.
Annoying when anyone on the team (if there is one) thinks their time is more valuable.

It's not that anyone's time is more valuable. It's just that I won't go out of my way for a day off of my day job when the pay isn't worth it.

Nov 09 12 07:49 am Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

rp_photo wrote:
We've all read the rants about how much photographers spend on equipment and software, but the latest I saw also made mention of how they spent almost 6 figures on an education at a questionable local art institute.

I'd be impressed... by their stupidity! big_smile





Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Nov 09 12 07:51 am Link

Photographer

KungPaoChic

Posts: 3084

West Palm Beach, Florida, US

Self-taught, university taught, high end gear, Holga nothing really matters but the work.

Nov 09 12 07:55 am Link

Model

MichelleGenevieve

Posts: 97

Austin, Texas, US

Ansel Adams was trained as a concert pianist and never spent a dime studying at an art institute or trade school, as far as I know.  And from what I can tell his equipment was the standard photo lab setup and large-format cameras (as well as some 35mm and medium format cameras for non-landscape work) in use by photographers working in his genre at the time.  Nothing exotic. 

I'm not minimizing the value of professional training and equipment investment; it's important and useful!  But if you want to impress me show me what you can do, not how much you spend.

Nov 09 12 07:55 am Link

Photographer

Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8494

Los Angeles, California, US

MichelleGenevieve wrote:
Ansel Adams was trained as a concert pianist and never spent a dime studying at an art institute or trade school, as far as I know.  And from what I can tell his equipment was the standard photo lab setup and large-format cameras (as well as some 35mm and medium format cameras for non-landscape work) in use by photographers working in his genre at the time.  Nothing exotic. 

I'm not minimizing the value of professional training and equipment investment; it's important and useful!  But if you want to impress me show me what you can do, not how much you spend.

There were no photographic trade schools during his formative years.

Ansel spent most of his life teaching and writing books on photographic technique.

He was on the staff at Art Center College of Design for many years

He believed that a good solid educational foundation in photography was essential.

KM

Nov 09 12 08:00 am Link

Model

MichelleGenevieve

Posts: 97

Austin, Texas, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
He believed that a good solid educational foundation in photography was essential.

Oh, so do I!  And I apologize if I implied otherwise.

As a photographer I also began my career with professional training, and some of my contemporaries have gone on to further their training at other photographic institutes and have become even more successful.  I make this point to anyone who says that training isn't important.  It is!

I do not skimp on either quantity nor quality of the equipment I own. If it will help me achieve a result that I just cannot get with what I have on hand I buy it or build it.  But my work really improves because I spend time honing my skills and not simply because I spend money buying more stuff.

Nov 09 12 08:07 am Link

Photographer

WIP

Posts: 15547

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

KlassyKlix wrote:
Bragging about the cost of equipment seems silly. I don't hear models bragging about their expensive clothes.

Because they don't buy expensive clothes. Most models wear 'fast fashion'.

I didn't spend a $/£ on my photo education but  studied at one of the finest institutes for photography. Good old days where education didn't cost. As a bonus it opened doors to assist some of the worlds finest.

Nov 09 12 08:20 am Link

Photographer

udor

Posts: 22390

New York, New York, US

GreatMomentsPhotography wrote:
I never would think of going to school to learn photography. There is so many books and videos with minimal investment to learn the trade. For my first studio shoot I went to you tube to get a brush on the skill.

With the internet and youtube tutorials and the vast amount of photographic literature, adding talent, drive and creativity, you can gather the technical knowledge on your own and become a good or excellent photographer.

I utilize some tutorials to close the gaps in my own self taught, informal education.

But... when I started photography, in the mid 70's, there was no internet and I started to go to mini workshops at the local community center (in Germany), did internship at the photolab of the largest German tv network and worked there part time for 2 years.

I read books, like a great TimeLife series about all aspects of photography... however... at that time, there wasn't even a university degree in photography in Germany (the only one today is "Photo-Design") and it's usually learned via the apprenticeship system in Germany.

Although I work as a full time fashion photographer and photojournalist in NYC, which is pretty exciting in itself... I do wish sometimes that I had a formal education in photography in my youth... and I am certain that my path would have been different (not via engineering, financial markets route for almost 2 decades) and more successful, especially financially!

Nov 09 12 08:47 am Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

rp_photo wrote:
I am proud of:
Never taking pay.

That's the only difficult part of photography, getting paid. It's practically an art unto itself. I wouldn't be proud of never making any money.

Nov 09 12 08:52 am Link

Photographer

udor

Posts: 22390

New York, New York, US

KlassyKlix wrote:
Bragging about the cost of equipment seems silly. I don't hear models bragging about their expensive clothes.

Aren't YOU supposed to provide the garments at the shoot??? (Via designer, client?)

Nov 09 12 08:52 am Link

Photographer

Vector 38

Posts: 8296

Austin, Texas, US

KlassyKlix wrote:
Bragging about the cost of equipment seems silly. I don't hear models bragging about their expensive clothes.

well, open your search feature & read to your heart's content: the 'who pays' vs 'who gets paid' rants from both photographers & models have lasted here for years, each side having those feeling they have the most cogent argument for the final say.

Nov 09 12 09:05 am Link

Photographer

Vector 38

Posts: 8296

Austin, Texas, US

rp_photo wrote:
I am proud of: Being self-taught and spending virtually nothing on education.

those of us who've watched you since the start, as those who've read your threads since you came to MMayhem, might recall otherwise how this has worked out over the years ...

rp_photo wrote:
I am proud of: Paying worthy models more and more.

... but going forth to imply anyone's being "worthy" simply sets a disappointing new high for you.

Nov 09 12 09:13 am Link

Photographer

Rakesh Malik

Posts: 361

Seattle, Washington, US

Jules NYC wrote:
I know this is a hypothetical, but interesting in it, I am a waitress:)

If you are a lawyer, then you would have more money to pay me I'd figure.

I'd argue that the lawyer, given what they do and what they offer to society compared to what a waitress offers, the waitress has the more important job. I'd rather have better service than more leeches. wink

Nov 10 12 11:23 pm Link

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Photographer

-JAY-

Posts: 6710

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

udor wrote:

Aren't YOU supposed to provide the garments at the shoot??? (Via designer, client?)

I'll gladly buy a bottle of SPF50... the sun here can be harsh.

Nov 10 12 11:32 pm Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Brag about why?

I certainly haven't read about many doing that.

Yet having the best stuff sometimes allows doing things that you cannot without.
For example, I've recently added HMI for mixing with daylight for shootings stills or video or both. Or flash that can shoot as fast as your camera can at your highest settings.

The uniqueness of your work though cannot scream what what used to make the picture, as it can be nothing more than daylight and a camera.

Nov 10 12 11:38 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6710

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Neil Snape wrote:
Brag about why?

Cause my dick is bigger than yours cause I have a 1DX










actually I have a T2i..... sad

Nov 11 12 12:06 am Link