Another thing to consider when you're taking your courses is the aspect of digital retouching. I work in the advertising industry & a lot of our photographers (studio & location) do a bit of digital retouching on the side to fill in the gaps. You will need to learn a certain degree of proficiency in this skill regardless of which direction you end up taking with your photography, as the digital world seems to be here to stay, although transparencies haven't completely disappeared. I know several freelancers who pick up some extra work retouching when they are slow or are looking to make a little extra cash. The money is really good and if you like this type of work, pretty steady when you want it. It's not too sexy, or exciting, but could be a good backup for when you're getting started. There is also always money to be had as a good studio photographer, but again, this isn't as exciting, nor does it take you all over the world. Just food for thought! Hope that helps!
That's great info, thanks a lot.
I'll definitely go and check out that camera store you mentioned in the other thread also. I'm sure I'm going to visit Philadelphia at some point in the not too distant future, so I'll definitely send you a message if I am and you might be free for a coffee!
Thanks again for the tips.
sounds great ev! hope the puchase is going well and would love to connect down in philly!
Watched the Phillies beat the Mets yesterday here in Shea Stadium. My friend is from Philly, so of course we were shouting for them.
How are things going samsara, getting started alright?
Yep, in Canada for the last week and a half, trying the camera out with the 18-200mm lens and just shooting on auto-focus. Starting to really love the camera. Course begins next week when I get back to NYC, so I'm hoping that in a few months I"ll be much more expert at utilizing all the camera's functions.
Thanks for asking!
It appears you are getting some great advice from TP members. I've worked in the photography industry all of my life, starting as a professional model, then a sales manager for a National Stock Photography Agency for over ten years and I have also worked for portrait photographers. (Now I'm just one of those Adobe Photoshop Geeks one poster mentioned), Although my husband and I make a good photography team and we still do some photo shoots together.
It would seem you heart lies in travel photography. One of our contributors to the Agency I worked for is Joe Viesti. Joe also had his own Agency whereas he specialized in travel photography. Since the "Stock" industry started losing ground he left NYC and ended up in Colorado selling his images on prodcuts he made such as calendars and note cards.
I've referenced below two web sites. The first link talks a little about his new business. The second link you will be able to view some of his travel photos which are pretty incredible as much of his travel included shooting lots of festivals as well.
Anyway, I thought you may find this helpful. Good luck and have tons of fun! (BTW, LOVE Ireland!)
LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~
Wow, thanks so much! I'll look forward to reading them. Sounds like you've had a pretty interesting career yourself.
Delighted to hear you love Ireland! I'm living in NYC these days and I think the States is a great country. I'm really hoping to get time to travel it properly and get some great shots. I'm particularly interested in desert photography, so New Mexico and Arizona are high on my list of places to see!
I am so excited for you! I cannot wait to see your vibrant career develope, (excuse the pun...). I DID look at your photos, that you "dismissed" as being "snapshots"....you have some really great, thoughtful, shots. And by the way...those "snapshots" can sometimes be the best ever! Follow your heart and your dreams..and I cannot wait to see what you have to share with the World!
You MUST keep the rest of us informed of what I predict to be a brilliant career!
LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~
BTW, Need a place to stay in Santa Fe....just let me know!