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How Many Of You Are Professional  
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4468 times:

Just a question for you all. How many of you are professional photographers.
Here's a few options..

A) Im 100% pro. With my own photography company.

B) I have my own photography company and sold a lot of photo's , but its not my main job.

C) I have sold the odd photo but freelance.

D) I have sold the odd photo but it's only a hobby

E) Its only a hobby/pastime. I have sold no photo's.


Well im in the "E" section. But I just was curious as to how many pro's were on A.Net

LHRSIMON
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



[Edited 2004-07-02 14:36:20]


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User currently offlineWoody001 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 529 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4458 times:

I think you need another group Simon.

C a) I have sold the odd photo but it's only a hobby.

That is where I would fit in and a few others I would imagine.

Ian.




If I could just get the afterburner working...
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4450 times:

All done Ian. Your now a "D"


Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

I'm here :

C) I have sold the odd photo but freelance.

And staying there for a long time, methinks  Smile

Will



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineTappan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1538 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4413 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.
Mark Garfinkel


User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4394 times:

A

But nobody would ever call me professional Big grin

Cheers

Paul


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4377 times:

D) I have sold the odd photo but it's only a hobby

Well, that's me  Smile I'm not really thinking of getting a professional photographer...


regards, Florian



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4361 times:

D) I have sold the odd photos but it's only a hobby....

I am at a crossroad in my life now. What do I do?

A) Drop out of my university and study Photojournalism
B)continue my education so that I can make enough money in a few years to buy all equipment and continue shoot as a hobby....

Difficult choice. My heart tells me that I want to shoot photos for a living, but I am not sure I want to throw everything else away...

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4359 times:

Wietse,
Sounds like we need another session on MSNBig grin


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4354 times:

lol  Smile

Guess I wont stop education, but it is very tempting...

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineWorldspotterPL From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 128 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

D) as well, if I don't make it as a Pilot I'd probably try to get professional  Big thumbs up


Paul Langfermann @ Worldspotters.Net - The Art of Flying Photos!
User currently offlineGBOAB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 367 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

Simon

Put me in the 'D' Category aswell

Regards
Ian



Concorde's gone but not forgotten
User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4314 times:

Umm, let me think..
RR: 0
Level E......................of course.
Hopefully I have a few photos in A.net. Happy enough  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Enrique


User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4305 times:

Pretty good mixture so far....... Keep em comming

Simon
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2745 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4283 times:

F) None of the Above.

Like Mark, I was a full time photojournalist (staff positions) then was a full time (staff position) Aviation Photographer with Bombardier Aerospace.

Now I manage a large format Computer Graphics company and shoot aircraft and travel photography simply for my own pleasure. But the managers job gives me the budget to do so quite happily.

On a side note... what fun to work where I have virtually unlimited access to large format printers and can bang off a 48"x72" print whenever I want. Alas.... I have now run out of wall space at home.

Steve


User currently offlineWorldspotterPL From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 128 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

Sounds like a life we'd all love to have, Steve  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Paul Langfermann @ Worldspotters.Net - The Art of Flying Photos!
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4272 times:

D) I have sold the odd photo but it's only a hobby

A hobby i can enjoy on a daily basis being in the Air Force and all... Big grin

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

Put me down as a "D", since someone was kind enough to purchase a photo this week.

Hey Wietse, what are you majoring in?



II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

Sleekjet, Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. Majoring in Marketing Communication (advertising and stuff). But I have 3 years to go..

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4251 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.

Just don't quit giving us those amazing shots.

Tim



II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 41
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4233 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.

-Leanne


User currently offlineHaskey From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4214 times:

Category D

Its only a hobby but have sold a few pictures via the net and have had a few published in UK magazines and in the last three editions of Wrecks and Relics book.

Ian


User currently offlineAagold From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 546 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4202 times:
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Maybe all of the above  Smile

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.

Art


User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

D) ... but that photo was a freebie - maybe I'll get a poster sized pic of it sent to me though...

Let's hope.



I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineErwin972 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 500 posts, RR: 44
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4167 times:

C) I have sold the odd photo but freelance

Sold quite some photo's (not the airplane pics) to earn back equipment costs. Happy to do some assignments once in a while beside my day job.

Erwin



My gear: Nikon, Sony, Red, Sachtler etc.
25 Post contains images Bruce : Category "D" here as well. as I sit here and await the Postman's visit to bring me another check! bruce
26 Brianhames : I am a D, and considering doing C, but not limited to aviation. Brian
27 Post contains images F4wso : More of a None of the Above. My aviation photography is just a hobby that got started as an adjunct to model building (Had I said modeling instead of
28 Post contains links ExitRow : "A" After being an art director/designer for eight years, I decided earlier this year to make my living as a full-time photographer. I shoot mostly ed
29 Pepef : B) I have my own photography company and sold a lot of photo's , but its not my main job. I don't have a company,but I get several hundred USD each mo
30 Digital-cavu : I'm a D, but would sell my left testicle to be an A. Take care, all.... Del
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