Is there money in Photography?

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 19, 2012

Category: Videos

Hey Folks,

Well I’m back from Tampa, Florida and ready to hit the road running…but not just yet as today is a ‘No work, quality time with my wife day’.

So seeing as the re-run of last week’s episode of The Grid, hosted by Matt Kloskowski and where I was a guest along with French landscape photographer Serge Ramelli, is now available to view I thought I’d share it here for you.

The topic of the discussion was “Is there money in Photography?” and as is always the case with the show it generated quite a discussion, plus we talked about business, SEO and Passion.

I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on what we talked about so feel free to make use of the comments section below, oh and yes…I’ve taken a look and the ‘dancing chest’ thing wasn’t a dream 🙂

In the mean time though have a great Monday,
Catch you tomorrow,

ps> Did you know that today is officially ‘Give a hug day’? Well ok I made it up but what the heck…go give your nearest and dearest a hug anyway 🙂

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  1. Pete Halewood

    I haven’t had time to watch the whole video yet, but I have read a lot of the discussion it threw up on Google+ afterwards.

    My thoughts are that there is money in it, if you are prepared to do the hard work, diversify your main photography interests, and of course never give up. I’ve had a passion for photography for nearly 3 years and am now starting to get paid for my work. It’s only the beginning but it is inevitable this is what I will be doing for a living soon, because I’m not going to stop.

    Like any other field, if you make it into the top 5%, you will be earning good money, but that isn’t the reason to do photography of course. It is to live everyday doing something you love and want to do. The money comes afterwards, but naturally pays out to the best.

    I don’t even know where my whole business is going to come from yet, I just know it is going to come and will fall into place. I’m saying this because I noticed from the google+ discussions that there is quite a lot of negative reaction regarding making a living from photography. Anyone who wants to make a living from photography has to stop worrying about if there is any money in it, it will come if it’s what you want to do and you are prepared to work harder than the rest for it.

    “We will find a way or we will make one” – Hannibal.

    That’s my probably my favourite quote and entirely applicable to this situation.

    All the best, Pete Halewood

  2. Jock Goodman

    Enjoyed your insight and comments on the Grid. I eke out a small earnings from my photographpy, but still run a small fine jewelry gallery (which isn’t exactly doing that well in this economy. Most of us work 2 jobs anyway to live here in Hawaii.
    Cherrio lad, Jock

  3. Alex Dee

    I liked your point about not making it a job. There’s something to be said about keeping it pure. As a hobbyist, you can really pursue a singular vision and not worry about anyone’s opinion but your own. Some people think you’re good only if people are ready to pay for your work, but to me money is not the measure of all things.

    I thought you and Serge were awesome guests. Sometime they tend to fill the show with platitudes, but you guys had really useful stuff to say and it was of the better episodes.

    Love your pictures too.

  4. Dwight Frost

    Looking for ideas relating to income from photography in the manner of prices for one’s work and what price a photo sells. I have what must be considered “entry-level” equipment meaning a DSL camera with a few lenses and little else, just installed Photoshop and Lightroom. I think what I need is insight to the possibility of actually generating an income with such a humble beginning. I’ve so far thought of simply doing work on my pictures than framing and finding buyers, is this the best idea for a start into my photography as work (income)?



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