Tappan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1538 posts, RR: 46 Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3046 times:
I am a photojournalist with the Boston Herald Newspaper....With all of the bad news that mainstream media likes to cover, taking pictures of airplanes, moons and lightning lets me stay happy.
Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2045 posts, RR: 24 Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
Wietse: Since you are doing great things with aviation photography even as you are working toward the degree, my years of wisdom (ha!) would urge you to stay the course. Patience is the key. Once you have the degree, you will be in better shape to go one way or the other.
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 2382 posts, RR: 46 Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
Wietse: Stick with school. The communications field (and especially in advertising) is one where it's very helpful to have a good visual sense. It's also helpful to know the camera from both sides. I work as a marketing communications manager, and although I work regularly with a commercial photographer who's a million times better than I'll ever be, deadlines occasionally force me to grab a camera and shoot something on my own.
I suppose I'd *really* prefer to be a photojournalist (actually, I started college as a music major), but I'm also very addicted to eating on a regular basis, and it takes a LOOOONG time to break into that field. So I work on my own projects as time permits, and if someone ever publishes one, great!
So I guess I'd have to suggest F: I do some commercial photography, but it's only one part of my usual duties.
Aagold From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 542 posts, RR: 51 Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2835 times:
Maybe all of the above
In high school and for several years afterwards I was a professional photographer of show horses. Enjoyed it, but it was grueling work. I also spent some time selling cameras and then working as an industrial photographer for Fairchild Space and Defense (boring taking pictures of circuit boards). I then made a career change and spent the next 30 years working in the computer field (programming, analyst, sales, training and consulting). The rewards were good and let me live the lifestyle we enjoyed, but that all ended on Oct. 24th, 2003. Just after we'd seen the last commercial flight of the BA Concorde I got news that my dept. was eliminated and, along with it, my job. No one is anxious to hire someone with gray in their hair and beard, so I've been out of work ever since.
That is, unless you count photography as my work. I'm currently reevaluating my wants and desires and may just make this photography thing my profession once more. It's a lot more fun than a lot of other jobs and the freedom of being your own boss can't be beat.