The "Art of Photography" or Photography as an "Art" form, requires skill and imagination.
It has absolutly nothing to do with the "camera" you are using.
Let me illustrate this using a common ordinary "pencil' .
Everyone has a pencil in their house, everyone knows how to use a pencil.
But how many people can pick up a pencil and DRAW an exact likenss of a person or individual ?? very few !!
It is the same with a camera ... !!
So, now you know, it has absolutely nothing to do with the brand of 'pencil'
It depends on the skill of the person 'using that pencil'.
It depends on the skill of the person 'using that camera'.
People; new to photography, often ask the same question.. what camera should I purchase ?
To me: that is the same as asking what type pencil should I use to create this drawing !
A true professional can create the same masterpiece using any camera virtually ! From large format; from the most expensive DSLR - TO A POLAROID.
In case you haven't noticed, Photography is all about composition, in any viewfinder !! Subject Matter ! The subject matters !!!
Photography is all about light, and what you can do with that light, and your imagination !!
that is what sets apart a pro from a wanna be
I hear so many people say, I am going to experiment. that statement shows a complete misunderstanding of the basics of photography.
Only three things happen when you release that shutter to create an image.
That image is either too light - too dark - or correctly exposed !!
Creating an image that people or companies want to purchase, shows your on the right track in learning the Art of photography.
Art sells big time !! It is in constant demand by virtually all companies throughout the world.
To find out what these companies want to purchase, get yourself a copy of Photographers Market Book ( every year) study that book and learn.
Truely you will learn many things you never were aware of when creating an image.
Learn how to 'submit' your images to different companies that want to purchase images, big name companies such as Adobe, Corel, Hallmark and tens of thousands of other companies pay big bux to purchase or lease images.
Creating the image is just part of the process. Learning how to 'market' you images is one aspect of photography that most people are totallly clueless about.
Forget the internet as a way to make money with your photographs. I doubt many can ever achieve an income using just that method.
Rather; get out in your area, with your porfolio and show & tell!! This is how to market images, you will meet people, you will find out new info etc. This is hard work, but this is how it is done (for me anyway) I have more than 38 years experience marketing images of mine from Boston - Washington State & Alaska !! 1970 - 2008
Let me show you an image here, that appears to be, - 'absolutely worthless' ! No one, would even consider purchasing this image.
I made a lof of money from this image. Many people when walking past our gallery on 4th ave, in Anchorage, would merly glance over at the gallery door when walking past our shop. They had no intention of walking in.
But when they saw this image (bottom), they would break out in laughter, stop and change direction and walk in !! All because of a slight change I added to this image. Although not everyone that entered our gallery ended up purchasing this image, This image got them in... then they purchased other images we had framed.
You have many DIFFERENT TYPES of tricks that can be used for your images, and these are not limited to which type of camera you own. it is all about YOUR IMAGINATION !!
Now here you can see that image and where we placed it on our front door (2002-2003 only). We only opened for one year for a 'market study' and we found that the demand was far above anything we ever expected.
Let me give you two more examples of how I made huge amounts of money from two other images.
Again it had nothing to do with the camera, or this location. But hard work and listening to people and acting upon the information I had acquired.
The image above was created in 2002. The lower left corner shows the image that won the Alaska Press Award in 1989. Umailaq - Whaling Captain.
Dec of 1990, I was in Anchorage, and I just had a 20 x 24 inch copy of that image double matted and framed and I wanted to somehow sell this image for $250 bux.
I woke up one morning and I had to make a phone call to a number in fairbanks that I just could not remember. I had been calling this same number for 1 and half years every week.. but this one day, I just could not remember that phone number. so I did something very stupid.
I picked up an Anchorage phone book to look for a Fairbanks phone number...........doh !! ???
As soon as I opened the phone book, I noticed in the lower right hand corner. Umailaq Insurance Company,, Wow.. I know what that 'word' means.. Whaling Captain !! wow !! I walked over to the other side of Anchorage from midtown to B street and International in a cold snowy day carrying the framed print in a large photo / art type carrying case.
I arrived at the insurance co. and they liked the print but were not interested, shucks and a half !! I do not give up, and in that same building right behind me was the receptionist desk for U.I.C. construction company, ( A native corporation). I approached them also and tried to make the sale. They liked the image but were not interested in buying art, rather; they needed a photographer they said for 23 construction projects they had finished in Barrow. I said I am a photographer, she said.. we need someone really good, that was the end of that... .. dissapointed, tired, weary I walked back to midtown and went into a book store and browsed some books and came upon a word I have never heard of pertaining to photography.. 'delivery memo'.
I purchased this book, went home and typed up a delivery memo and included 75 color slides of my best work.
To make a long story short. I got the job and made over $14,000 in just two weeks time. I charged them $650 per day plus expenses.
One last short story, Hanford Washington - working on a new nuclear power plant - 1979.
The worlds largest biggest construction crane was built upon this site. It could move and carry 1000 tons. Lampson built this crane, it was called Big Blue. I created an image of this crane, and sold copies on the job site for just $3 bux. FULL COLOR gorgeous 8 x 10 ! On a nuclear power plant that is under construction, there are perhaps 20,000 workers or more. I made just over $12,000 bux in 3 1/2 months. Each and every day I went to work broke, but by morning coffee break I had $300 bux. I would print up 100 - 8 x 10's every evening in my darkroom using chemicals and paper.
The point I am trying to make is :. YOU can make lots of money in photography if you want to. It does require work, and before you ever succeed, .. .. .. you have to fail ! you have lots to learn and understand.
But understand this FIRST... .. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO... with which BRAND of camera you decide to use, It is about your ability and imagination to CREATE !!
My point in posting this is to get you to 'think', and possibly to inspire you in ways you never thought of.
GOOD LUCK & Best wishes in your quest !!
If I can help you in any way.. just ask !!